Irish Minister of Justice, as well as the Australian police.
Things became so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook was forced to issue an open apology, recommend alternative map apps, and lopped off at least two people involved in the fiasco.
Apple is surely nonplussed now. The new version of the app, which is optimized for the iPhone 5, but not the iPad -- yet -- includes turn-by-turn navigation, something that hadn't been in the app previously, the lack of which reportedly prompted Apple's decision.
Another new feature in Google Maps for iOS: Google released a new SDK that will allow developers to use its mapping service within their own apps. To make a long story short, developers can use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps in their software. We're sure Apple is grimacing right about now.
With the new app, and a new design, come some features users will need to discover. For example, a shake brings up an option to send a report to Google detailing a map or app bug. A two-finger swipe to the left brings up a menu where users can toggle traffic and satellite view.
User ratings show that Google has hit a home run with the new app, built from scratch. By early Thursday morning, PST, it had nearly 9,000 ratings with 4.5 stars. One of them, by Reed Morse, emphasized the issue with Apple Maps in Australia that had police warning against its use:
I almost died in Australia, thank god this is out.As is typical of a new high-profile app release, Google has also posted a demo video of Google Maps for iPhone. It is embedded below.