Google Employees Suggest Apple Approval of Google Maps App 'Unlikely'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In the wake of Apple's move to replace the Google-powered Maps app with its own app in iOS 6, Google has been reported by numerous sources to be working on a standalone version of its service to be submitted to the App Store.

    But while Apple has been willing to advertise a number of alternative mapping solutions while it works to improve its own Maps app, The Guardian reports that sources within Google believe it is "unlikely" Apple will approve Google's app for inclusion in the App Store.
    According to sources within Google, who appear to be split as to whether the departure of iOS chief Scott Forstall will improve Google's chances, there is little evidence that Apple is interested in embracing Google-based mapping solutions.
    The Google sources reportedly believe that these omissions are deliberate in order to minimize the visibility of Google-based mapping apps, although Apple CEO Tim Cook did mention the web-based version of Google Maps as an alternative in his open letter addressing the Maps issue.

    Article Link: Google Employees Suggest Apple Approval of Google Maps App 'Unlikely'
  2. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  3. penajmz, Nov 5, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012

    macrumors 68020


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    If that's the case then Apple Maps better step up.
  4. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Bet that will cheeze people off.

    Yay.. First post :)

    Oh dam.. Too late.. (Need to type faster)
  5. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    of course they won't let it in, its much better than their own version.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA
  7. macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Apple Maps have served me well. I'm not fussed about a Google map app.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Aug 17, 2008
    I don't think Apple will deny approval. Why would Apple do so? They have approved Google search, which competes with Siri, Gmail, Chrome, etc. Apple has never denied approval of Google apps mimicking features Apple already offers. Why do so now?
  9. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    I'll stick to navigation on my Nexus then (if it doesn't happen). Would have been nice to have it on both though.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
  11. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    So are many of the others they recommend on the App Store. That has nothing to do with it.

    Personally, I think it'll get approved and this article is just very pessimistic. I think it'll take time though... and that Apple is taking their time on purpose. That way, most people will adjust to Apple Maps and won't care so much when it actually does get approved.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Wait, Google is pointing to apps that actually got approved and being sold in the store, as evidence that Apple would not approve Maps apps with Google tech behind it??? It sounds more like Google doesn't want to or is unable to release its own maps app, and just trying to put some PR spin on it.
  13. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Did Google Voice ever leave "in approbation" limbo ?

    Was there for months, and we never really heard about it again (I'm still waiting for the official Canadian release of the service though, thanks CRTC !).
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2012

    I don't believe Apple would pull a move like that, considering how much stick they would get for it in the media. Certainly not with the Maps fiasco and not unless Maps is in a significantly fitter state than it was at launch.
  15. macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2010
    If Apple doesn't approve this then they are seriously treading on loose ground. I feel it would be detrimental in the consumers eyes if they don't approve this.
    I truly hope they do.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2011
    If this is true and Apple maps hasn't improved by the time I buy my next phone, I'll be purchasing something that allows google maps. Outside of calls, texts and email, the map is by far my most used app, and Apple maps is very nearly completely useless.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    What are you on about? I use it daily.
  18. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Actually, Maps+ was on the App Store back in the days before iOS 6 and was a MapKit application. It was automatically switched to Apple Maps with iOS 6 and only after the developper switched from Map Kit to Google Map tiles did Google Maps come back to it.

    So basically, it was approved before being a "Google Maps" app.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    If Apple doesn't approve it, it will put even more egg on their face after it's already thoroughly covered. I don't see why Apple wouldn't approve it, though. They're promoting apps that do the same thing Google Maps will do.

    The only way I could see Apple not approving a Google Maps app is if Google puts a snarky comment down by the copyright that says, "The world has decided that Google Maps is not a copy of Apple Maps because Google Maps doesn't suck."
  20. macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Czech Republic
    Lets whine before we even have a reason to do so. All of the google apps were approved even the Voice search, wtf?
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    I hope they release it as a Cydia app. That would be a nice f* you to Apple, and probably also significantly increase the number of jailbreakers.
  22. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    After the howls that came from Google Voice to the point where members of Congress were sending letters to Apple, I don't think they can really block Google Maps without good reason.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    That's what we need...less choice.

    I can understand Apple wanting to remove Google from the iPhone in favor of their own mapping solution, but the way they are going about it is how a 5 year old child would.

    Personally, I have yet to have any problems with Apple Maps, but since so many people are having issues, Apple should have prepared (which Tim Cook is famous for doing) and had Maps ready to go at launch. Only then would this child-like behavior "seem" warranted, but right now it's just pathetic.
  24. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2011
    What do you mean, poor Google? Poor US! the USERS! Who would be stuck with a single solution, Apple Maps, which is missing _a lot_ of data, lacks street view, and doesn't have an equivalent desktop solution to sync data to.

    Having said that, I bet Apple approves the app, just like they did approve chrome, and just like they approved other map apps which are present in the App Store. I don't understand why they point to existing map apps to say that it is unlikely theirs will be approved!
  25. macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Colleyville, TX
    Apple will not deny approval. Unless, google is putting something in the app that they know apple will not allow.

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