Google knew this was coming with iOS6. They released a stand alone youtube application in preparation. Why did they not do the same with Maps? In theory, they could just release the exact same application that was baked into iOS5 to the app store. Google has declined comment, but said they want Google Maps to be available for everyone. This is complete speculation, but it makes me think Apple doesn't want Google's Maps applications on iPhones. Or at least not right now. Maybe Google has agreed to give people a chance to get used to Apple's Maps before re-releasing their application? Something is going on here. It is a pretty strange move for Apple to take such a step back with Maps when that is one of the most used applications on many iPhones (it is on mine at least).