Google reportedly worried Apple will drag its feet in approving new iOS Google Maps app

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iPhone fans hoping to get Google Maps back on their home screens soon shouldn’t hold their breath. A new report from The Guardian claims that while the Internet giant is developing an iOS specific Google Maps apps, the company is “not optimistic” that Apple (AAPL) would ever approve it. Google (GOOG) employees were reportedly optimistic following the departure of Apple’s Scott Forstall, but the company now believes that Apple will still bar the app due to “industry politics.” Apple’s decision to replace Google Maps with its own in-house service this past September has been widely panned, forcing CEO Tim Cook to apologize and leading to Fortstall’s resignation. The Guardian’s source did note that the two companies are in constant communication over a variety of topics and things can change rather quickly. If a Google Maps app is approved, however, iOS users should “never expect” to see Google as the iPhone’s default mapping solution.

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