Is This Google's Native Google Maps App For the iPhone?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Looks like Google's coming along nicely with its new, native Google Maps app for iOS 6. These leaked shots, from developer Ben Guild, supposedly show off an alpha build of Google's new map app, complete with some tantalising details.

They're pretty blurry, to be honest, which means they could be fake, but if Google's ploughing full steam ahead with a native Google Maps app for the iPhone, as it says it is, then there's no reason these can't be real.

Ben GuildĀ notes that the map tiles are vector based, which is one of the main benefits of Apple's own map app, so it should be much lighter on data and faster than the Google Maps of iOS 5. It's apparently also got two-finger rotation to any angle; supports the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen, as you would assume, and is super fast.

I don't know about you, but I'm champing at the bit to get my hands on a proper, native Google Maps app. Google Maps in Safari is all very well, but it's slow and doesn't let me use the compass, which for someone lacking any sense of direction like me is a right pain in the arse. Come on Google, don't keep us waiting much longer; spit this thing out and let us ditch Apple maps. [Ben Guild via Forbes]