Maps had been pre-installed on the iPhone since the smartphone first launched, but the app was bounced in September with the debut of iOS 6. The big reason for the change? Google had declined to provide voice navigation for Apple’s map app, among other features, after it had made significant investment in building out turn-by-turn directions for its own mapping products on Android and elsewhere.
The site said it learned about the release of the Google Maps app for iOS from 'sources familiar with the matter'. Apple and Google declined to comment on the report.