Google insiders are 'not optimistic' that Apple will approve a dedicated Google Maps app for iOS, reports The Guardian.
Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are "not optimistic" that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app. Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in "the unlikely event" that Apple will choose to approve the app.
One source told the site that hopes of being improved are slightly higher now that Scott Forstall has been ousted from his position as head of iOS.
However, the site's sources also note that Apple chose not to include apps such as Maps+ and Quick Route that offer Google Maps data to iOS users from the App Store's category for alternative maps apps.