We just spent a little time thinking about Google’s potential moves regarding an iOS Google Maps app, following all the disappointment over Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. While we’re inclined to take Google at its word that it hasn’t started development of anything like that (and wouldn’t without Apple expressing some interest), that’s not to say that iOS users are totally cut off from Google Maps, as they always have the web version to fall back upon. Of course, that’s not quite as full-featured as a stand-alone app, but Google’s working on making that better; the latest rumor suggests that Google could debut Street View in its web-based Google Maps for the iOS community as soon as tomorrow.
In a Wall Street Journal article, All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg writes that Google intends to launch the feature this Thursday, and that he’s had a chance to try out this web-based Street View himself. It sounds like the implementation works relatively smoothly, and users will be able to drag their fingers and pan through the imagery just like a stand-alone app.
That may not be quite the same as a proper app (which Mossberg also thinks is forthcoming), but it’s a nice holdover until something better’s available.