*Update as of 13/12/2012 4.08 p.m: The Google Maps app is currently available in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
*Update as of 13/12/2012 1.10 p.m: A kind reader (KimGuan Goh) on our Facebook Page has shared the link to download Google Maps on the iPhone. You have to open the link on your iPhone to download the app. At point of publication, we are able to use the link to download the app on the iPhone 5/4S/4 and iPad mini.
*Update as of 13/12/2012 12.38 p.m: Apple has made the Google Maps available for download on its App Store. The file size is stated to be 6.7MB and is optimized for the Apple iPhone 5. At point of publication, the Maps app is still not available for download in Singapore.
Apple iOS 6 users have something to look forward to later today as Google is said to be releasing the Maps app for iOS later today. According to AllThingsD, the information came from sources familiar with the matter.
Google Maps was dropped by Apple in favor of its own mapping technology when it unveiled iOS 6 in September. However, Apple's own mapping solution appeared to be half-baked as it was plagued with bugs, flaws and serious navigation issues.
This not only prompted Apple's CEO Tim Cook to issue an official apology on the company's website, it also got the manager of Apple Maps fired. If Apple approves the Maps app in its App Store, iOS 6 users can finally breathe a sigh of relief.