I Love My iPhone But I Love Google Maps Just As Much
In my pre-iPhone days, I would have yelled at the traffic like a crazy person.
The red lines stretched all around me. I was trapped. And yet, enlarging the map, there were streets that didn't have those scary red lines.
Taking a twisting, turning route, the Google Maps app guided me out of the thicket of red lines so I could get home in time to make dinner and watch the game.
Thank you iPhone. Thank you Google Maps.
This week my iPhone 4S keeps asking me if I want to upgrade to iOS 6. With so many new features, I want to upgrade but one reason that holds me back.
No Google Maps.
As everyone knows, Apple eliminated Google Maps and YouTube from the new iOS. The Apple version of Maps is inferior to Google's, largely because Google has been accumulating data for years and Apple has just started which explains why some directions to a restaurant lead you to the middle of a river.
In time, Apple says their mapping data base will catch up with Google's and everyone will be happy.
Personally, I believe them but while Apple's playing catch up, I don't want to give up Google Maps.
The best of both worlds: Apple's iOS 6 and Google's Maps
If you want to upgrade to iPhone's iOS 6 but you don't want to lose Google Maps, here's a workaround.
On your iPhone, the first step is to go to Settings and turn on Location Services for your browser. Now go to maps.Google.com.
At the top of the screen you'll see a search window for addresses or location names and four control icons:
A dot inside a circle places your current location onto the map.
A right-hand turn arrow inside a diamond takes you to a "directions" page.
A page with lines leads you to a menu of available commands.
A circle with an arrowhead pointing down leads to the Menu with My Places, Layers, Clear Map, Sign Out and Help.
To see traffic on the map, click Layers, then click Traffic.
Since it only benefits Google in its competition with Apple, it is probably safe to assume Google will create an app that you will be able to get from iTunes. In the meantime, use the maps.Google.com workaround.