Google Maps Comes (Back) to Apple's iPhone, Available Now

Google has brought Google Maps back to Apple's App Store and the iPhone. Though Google leaked doubts that Apple would approve the app, the company has pushed a full-featured Maps app for iPhone that brings turn-by-turn voice directions, mass transit directions, live traffic data, panoramic views, high-res satellite views, and more.

The move comes after Apple removed the original Maps app that was powered by Google from iOS 6. That release has been met with criticism, including a major problem in Australia, and it resulted in a major shakeup at Apple. The new Google Maps app means that iPhone owners can now choose whichever Maps app they prefer.

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Google's Release Notes:


Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Google Maps is a free download and is available now on the App Store.