We sure got a few chuckles out of the Apple Maps fiasco, but it’s clear that Cupertino didn’t take too lightly to being the laughingstock of the industry. After sending a heartfelt apology to customers, Tim Cook then showed Scott Forstall, the mastermind of iOS 6 and its Maps feature, the door out.

Ever since Google Maps was unceremoniously dumped from iOS, there were murmurs that the platform would be getting a standalone app of Google’s more powerful mapping application. Is it still coming?

A new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Google has already distributed a version of Google Maps for Apple’s iOS for testing. The insider that spoke to the paper explained that Google is trying to make sure that the native Maps app will be ready for prime time before submitting it to the iTunes store – though the exact timeline hasn’t been given.

Apple aficionados can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that help is definitely heading their direction, as it’s now only just a matter of when. If there’s still any doubt, Google did say that its goal is “to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of the device, browser, or operating system”.

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