When the iPhone 5 was released in September, it was like Christmas had come early to those lined up around the block to get their hands on Apple’s latest. There was an unexpected lump of coal, however, in the form of Apple’s Maps app, which had bumped the popular Google Maps off of the platform. Christmas has come early again, as Google released its mapping software for iOS 6 last night, and there was much rejoicing.
I'm overly happy to have Google Maps back on my iPhone. Early Christmas.
— Thomas Flight (@thomasflight) December 13, 2012
— Brian Knowles (@RufusPFunk) December 13, 2012
Hallelujah! Christmas has come 12 days early! GOOGLE MAPS ARE BACK! (It’s a little different, but it really works!) https://t.co/PwKJZJgc
— Jonathan Haynes (@JonathanHaynes) December 13, 2012
Glad to see that @Google Maps made it in time as a holiday present for iPhone users! Was starting to wonder if the Grinch swiped the code!
— waxspeaks (@waxspeaks) December 13, 2012
Google Maps, I love you. Best Christmas present ever.
— Nolan Bellavance (@nolanbellavance) December 13, 2012
The best xmas present so far; Google Maps is free once again on the iPhone. Now I won't end up in Tibet while trying to get to Taco Bell
— Christie Pierce (@CPRelation) December 13, 2012
Not everyone is thrilled with the news.
Where am I? It’s dark… Hey there Contacts app! Whoa, Compass app! I haven’t seen you since… Wait a second. This is the useless app folder!
— iOS 6 Maps (@iOS6maps) December 13, 2012
Just how bad was Apple’s in-house Maps app? Just this week, police in Australia warned citizens against using the app after several motorists were left stranded and had to be rescued.
The SA & Victorian Police have warned motorists about using Apple Maps. C’mon @googlemaps put iOS users out of their misery!
— Rob Varghese (@robvnet) December 10, 2012
In past 2 mths Victoria Police have rescued 6 people lost in Murray Sunset Nat'l Park while trying to get to Mildura with Apple Maps app
— Julia Hengstler (@jhengstler) December 13, 2012
To be fair, the police issued a similar warning just days later cautioning against relying on Google Maps as well, but it seems most people are fully confident in their old friend.
— Jason Terry (@baconmafia) December 13, 2012
— Melvin Soriano (@melsoriano) December 13, 2012
Someone mentioned "Get lost", an app where you can get lost in your own city. Isn't that called Apple maps?
— Jeoan (@Jeoan) December 13, 2012
Apple maps got me lost again today. Let's go new @googlemaps !
— joel hamernick (@joeladamsh) December 13, 2012
Finally I can download a Google Maps app on my iPhone. I've been getting lost for months using the apple one. #iphoneproblems
— Ross Fawcett (@Rossage_) December 13, 2012
The joys of getting lost by Apple maps: my husband’s phone directed us to a church rather than the restaurant we wanted 5 miles away. Why?!?
— Norah Woodsey (@NorahWoodsey) December 13, 2012
I'm so excited about the new Google Maps app, I think I'll use Apple Maps to get lost tonight so Google Maps can take me back home.
— Robert Swartwood (@RobertSwartwood) December 13, 2012
Hallelujah, Google maps is in the app store. Now back to getting lost because I'm dumb, instead of because Apple is dumb.
— karyn spencer (@karyninny) December 13, 2012
— Katy (@KTGator87) December 13, 2012
Well, if your phone battery dies, you might get lost. Or, you could leave the phone at home and get lost on purpose, just for fun.
Phone maps are so overrated – just enjoy the unexpected, the detour, getting lost. #travel
— Z… (@conradzoo) December 13, 2012