WITH THE UPCOMING RELEASE of IOS 6, Iphone and Ipad users will wave goodbye to Google Maps and Youtube, two of the most used apps among Idevice owners. This shift shows the growing rivalry between the two technology giants, so they are unlikely to be the last Google services removed from Apple's operating systems.
Here we take a look at how to get around Apple's Google ban in IOS 6.
Google Maps alternatives
Waze is undoubtedly the most social GPS app in the Itunes App Store, if not the cutest. It's a community-based traffic and navigation app, enabling users to warn others on the road of upcoming traffic jams, speed cameras and even erratic drivers.
Fellow drivers will crop up on your map in the form of smiley avatars, and speech bubbles will appear when one of your fellow motorway goers finds themselves in a spot of bother. The app also offers voice guided navigation that's better than the service offered by Google.
As its name suggests, Navfree is a free GPS app, and it's sitting proudly at the top of the Navigation category in the Apple App Store. Using crowd-sourced data, the app displays maps that are automatically stored on your Idevice so there's no need for a constant data connection. While it's not as cute and charming as Waze, it's a good alternative to Google Maps for those looking for an easy to use, reliable GPS app.
Of course, there's a good reason Apple has got rid of Google Maps in IOS 6, and that's because it's launching its very own map service. Dubbed simply 'Maps' and created in collaboration with Tomtom, Apple's service will offer interactive 3D maps, turn by turn navigation, spoken directions and real time traffic information. Siri will also come baked into the service, so you can ask questions such as 'take me to Leicester Square', and you'll be given the quickest route.
However, Apple's own apps, at least when they are first launched, are usually very US focused, so it remains to be seen how functional Maps will be when it arrives here in the UK.
Apple Maps will launch alongside IOS 6, which is expected to arrive in September.