A man using Apple Maps walks into a bar. Or maybe a hospital. Or possibly a church.
It’s the kind of joke that perfectly describes the way Apple Maps works since the removal of Google Maps, but the search giant Google is apparently doing its best to get back on iOS 6.
Although the Mountain View-based company is yet to confirm it, a new set of screenshots demonstrates that an alpha version has already been developed, so the final build could be released before year’s end.
Software developer Ben Guild posted
a few screenshots with the new Google Maps iOS 6 version on his website, without saying where he got the information from.
Still, he did mention that Google’s Maps app is vector-based, it has two-finger rotation to any angle, is “super fast” and supports the 4-inch height of the iPhone 5.
Other than that, no one knows exactly Google’s iOS plans, so the only sure thing we have at this point is Tim Cook’s advice
to make the move to another mapping service for the iPhone.
“With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers, and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” Tim Cook said in late September.
While the company is also working on an improved version of its very own Maps service, Tim Cook says it’s better to switch to another similar app for the time being.
“While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.”