Developer Ben Guild in San Francisco has posted what he claims are (very blurry) screenshots of the alpha version of the forthcoming Google‘s native Maps For iOS 6 app. Beyond his location (near Google) and the timing (we expect Google is working on this now) there is no independent corroboration of his information.
Caveats in place, what he suggests about the new app makes sense:
It’s got two-finger rotation to any angle.
It’s super fast.
4-inch height of the iPhone 5 is supported!
The new app is also reported to incorporate Google Earth, so it will likely compete on the whiz-bang factor with Apple‘s (new but flawed) native Maps product—but with better data. The real question is how long it will take for Google’s native app to make it to iOS 6 and how much Apple can improve its map data before then. This is a big hurdle, since Google is constantly improving its own data as well.