Google has just released its standalone version of Google Maps for iOS devices. It’s available for download in Apple’s App Store. After a much maligned introduction of its own mapping software, Apple has taken a public hit for the inaccuracy of its Maps, even going as far as having CEO Tim Cook suggest alternatives for users to download until Apple can fix the problem.

While Apple has still not fixed their Maps, Google has jumped to the rescue, releasing the same full version that has, up until now, been available exclusively on Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Google’s new Maps app contains many of these new or improved features:


  • Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
  • Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
  • Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.


  • Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
  • Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions. (At this point Transit does not appear to be available in Canada)
  • Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and Imagery

  • View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
  • See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
  • View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and Easy to Use

  • An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
  • Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
  • Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.

The app supports both landscape and portrait orientation, and even has an option to “Report a Problem” should an inaccuracy arise. It’s available for download now, only in the App Store.


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