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  • How to Get Google Maps Back on Your iOS 6 Device... Kind of


    So it seems like there are a lot of people that don’t like Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps application. If you’re one of these people, then you’re probably either not upgrading to iOS 6, or you’re simply waiting for Google to release their own Google Maps application to the iOS App Store. Well we have a treat for those of you that want Google Maps back on your iOS 6 device. Cult of Mac has found a new and free third party application in the App Store that mimics Google Maps from iOS 5 called ClassicMap.



    The application icon is pretty neat looking, as it shows a realistic-looking map with fold marks. When we tap on that icon, we get to see an interface that we are familiar with:



    Behold, these are the famous Google Maps we all miss. The application supports Google Maps in map view, hybrid view, and satellite view. These are each of the different kinds of views we were able to see in the iOS 5 Maps application. ClassicMaps is pretty barebones, as you will notice that all the application can do is scroll through a map. There is no way to map out directions. The application can, however, pinpoint your location, show what way you’re facing, and drop pins at locations like you could in the iOS 5 Maps application.



    You can see from the screenshot above that the application lets you switch between “standard” and “classic” view. From our testing, the standard view appears to be Apple’s new iOS 6 map layout. The classic view appears to be Google’s map layout. It’s pretty cool how you can just switch between the two map styles on the fly, as it points out the obvious differences in detail and coloring between the two mapping services.

    ClassicMap is not the zippiest map alternative we have seen on the iOS platform. We have tried moving from Wi-Fi to 3G and vice versa and the Google Maps through ClassicMap are simply slow. They take multiple seconds to load, which is put to shame by Apple’s native Maps application in iOS 5. It is most noticeable when you’re trying to zoom in, as the images are constantly buffering. Even the Web application from Mobile Safari is faster.

    The application is currently free in the App Store, so you can download it and try it out to see if you will want to be using it from now on.

    Our own advice to you? – ClassicMap isn’t quite the Google Maps you’re used to in iOS 5, but it does a good job of trying to replicate it. If you need a reliable way to get around, we suggest sticking with your native iOS mapping solution or using a reputable third party alternative from the App Store. They will load much faster and hold many more features.

    UPDATE: ClassicMap has been pulled from the App Store as of Tuesday evening.

    Sources: App Store via Cult of Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Get Google Maps Back on Your iOS 6 Device... Kind of started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by georgeD View Post
      same here! I don't see what the big deal is neither. Maybe we are just lucky to live in a city, whose map is working correct??? I dont' know...but I guess it's just a lot of hating going on, just for the fun of it.
      I have also used the maps and had no problem with it, nor have any of my friends. The directions are really nice, and it seems accurate. I live in Montana too, not a highly populated area. I think people are jumping on the bandwagon.
    1. nmz's Avatar
      nmz -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      I don't miss google maps at all. I like Siri! I've yet to have an issue with apples maps around Detroit, MI.
      3D view is still wonky. The ambassador bridge is kinda there and certain areas like M-59 and Rochester road look redic, too.
    1. iH85CH001's Avatar
      iH85CH001 -
      it says it is unavailable in the U.S. App store.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Apple Maps is the reason why my next phone is unlikely to be an iPhone - unless google can get a native app out for iOS6

      For those of you that say it's OK - do you not use streetview or satellite view? In the UK the maps are just so inaccurate as to be a joke and finding places is almost impossible but that can be fixed. even the sattelite view will, no doubt improve - but it needs to do so rapidly. But without streetview it is such a retrograde step as to make it almost useless to me.
      Google have updated streetview this week in the UK and now has much more up-to-date views so is even better. It is great on my iPad which is still on 5.11 - my iPhone I updated, I wont update my iPad.