When Apple announced its homegrown Maps app at WWDC this past Summer, the news reportedly took Google by complete surprise – after all, the two companies still had a year left on their contract vis a vis Google Maps on iOS.
Consequently, Google reportedly went into scramble-mode as it began efforts to create a standalone Maps app for iOS. Recently, developer Ben Guild posted photos purporting to showcase an Apple device running a native version of Google Maps. Previous iterations of Google Maps for iOS were noticeably feature deficient when measured against Google Maps for Android, but Guild claims that the upcoming standalone app will remedy a few of those noting the following:
- It’s vector-based.
- It’s got two-finger rotation to any angle.
- It’s super fast.
- 4-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported!
It remains to be seen if Google’s standalone iOS app will support turn by turn directions but in the meantime, check out these leaked screenshots below.