Apple has, as of Saturday, and perhaps slightly earlier, remove the text that used to say the following on the detailed iOS 6 Maps page on its site:
"Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All of which may just make this app the most beautiful, powerful mapping service ever."
Instead, now the Apple website reads:
"Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives you turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. All in a beautiful vector-based interface that scales and zooms with ease."
No longer the most beautiful and powerful mapping service, it's instead nice-looking, but certainly not as accurate and powerful as other services, including Google Maps, which Apple unceremoniously booted from iOS 6.
Earlier, we noticed that Apple has begun heavily promoting alternative Maps apps in the iTunes App Store.
The Map app that many, if not most, people want to see in native form, however, is Google Maps, and that app won't be available in native form for some time. Users can still use it as a Web app, however, by navigating to maps.google.com and adding a shortcut to the home screen.
After that step, you will be able to use the Web app any time you want, though obviously a native app is more convenient. It's coming, sources say, but we need to be patient. Apple apparently caught Google by surprise when it dumped Google Maps, as it still had over a year of licensing on the books.