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Approving Google Maps on iOS

Last updated on July 23, 2020

Google is apparently following through on rumored plans to bring iOS devices with a standalone app similar to the approach it has taken with YouTube. The big question that seems to be floating around is whether Apple would approve such an app, much of it centered on the rivalry between the two companies. However, Apple would have a hard time justifying non-approval as it already has approved other mapping and navigation apps for iOS such as Waze, Scout, MapQuest and a number of map-resident apps from device brands such as TomTom and Magellan. The app store condition regarding non-competition with built-in functionality is dead and the platform is better for it.