Google Maps Planned for iPhone

    This released by Google shows a three-dimensional view of San Francisco on Google Earth. Google's digital mapping service is preparing to introduce offline access on mobile devices and more three-dimensional images of major cities as it braces for a possible loss in traffic from Apple's iPhone and iPad. Wednesday's preview of the upcoming features came ahead of an Apple developer conference next week. (AP Photo/Google)

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    Apple fans, rejoice! It turns out that Google is indeed developing a maps application for the iPhone and iPad, which they’re planning to roll out by the end of the year. Many iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users have complained that Apple’s new map alternative pales in comparison to Google Maps. But the negative feedback has nothing to do with Google’s latest map developments, according to sources involved with the new effort. Apple’s decision to use its own mapping system was made more than a year before the company’s agreement to use Google Maps expired, leaving Google scrambling to replace its old app with a brand-new one.

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