London: Tech firm Apple will not approve a Google Maps iOS app, sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans have revealed.
Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources said their plans are only proceeding in "the unlikely event" that Apple will choose to approve the app.
According to the Guardian, one source indicated increased hopes that the dedicated Google Maps iOS app will eventually be approved now that Apple`s maps leader, Scott Forstall, has departed the company.
But other sources was less than enthusiastic about any increased prospects, citing industry politics and Apple`s need to save face as much as possible and "keep moving forward in an effort to make its obviously inferior product better,” the paper said.
According to the paper, the sources also cited the present organisation of the App Store, which, to them, suggests Apple has little interested in approving an official Google Maps app.
Apple, in its latest iPhone 5, which runs on new operating system, iOS 6, replaced Google Maps with own in-house mapping solution.
But the iPhone maker faced widespread criticism over omissions and errors made in its maps service.
The software saw train stations disappear, an airport relocated miles from where it should be, and local points-of-interest, like cafes and shops, completely erased from streets.