Did you update your iPad to iOS 6 yet? If not, we are already getting reports that the download is taking up to three hours. Sorry all you late-comers. In the meantime, for those that did manage to get the updated operating system before the entire industrialized world jumped onto the virtual road, did you notice the lack of a YouTube app?
That is because, like we reported earlier this year, Apple removed YouTube as a native app in iOS 6 because the tech giant’s “License to include YouTube in iOS has expired.” You may have also noticed that Google released an app in the App store a little more than a week ago. Today, the YouTube app is listed as the top free app in the iTunes chart. This leads us to wonder when Google will release its own Maps app for iOS, since Apple did away with the Google’s mapping service.
The company had a big event, shortly before Apple announced at WWDC that it would be implementing its own mapping system in iOS 6. According to Search Engine Land, Google’s statement was vague, but definitely implied that it would someday be available for iOS. “We believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.”
Currently, Google has made an app icon available on iOS 6 that links directly to maps.google.com. When you visit the website from your Safari browser, you will get a popup message that tells you how to add Google Maps to your desktop. While it is more convenient than calling it up from a freshly open Web browser, the mobile optimized website is not as useful as a dedicated app might be.
While YouTube hit the ground running in the App Store, it is not as likely that a Google Maps app will have the same effect. For one thing, there is only one YouTube and it is the most popular streaming video site around, thus making the app a huge hit.
Since Apple made its own app, and made it well, it will be harder to get some people to make the switch, especially if Google doesn’t bring turn-by-turn navigation to iOS.