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