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When will Google start prepping an iOS 6 maps app?

Google is reportedly working to bring its Maps app back to iOS devices, but exactly when the sought-after app could hit the App Store is not known.

The Guardian has cited "roundabout sources" in reporting that Google is indeed working on a Google Maps app for iOS 6 that will be released "in time." Google, however, has not yet confirmed that it is working on such a product, which would also need to be approved by Apple.

When asked whether it will develop a Google Maps app for iOS 6, a Google spokesman said only that "we believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system."

In the meantime, you can access Google Maps on the browser of your iOS device, but the experience is not as rich as the old iOS Maps app. With the browser-based version, you'll be able to get directions, transit information, and access saved maps as well as your search history. If you're an avid maps user, be sure to add the link to your iOS home screen for easy access.

"Since this is a browser-based version it is limited in its capabilities but does offer a comprehensive, accurate and usable map experience," Google said.

Until iOS 6, released last Wednesday, Google Maps were pre-loaded on all iOS devices, but the most recent upgrade replaced Google Maps with Apple's own cartographic platform.

Apple's software - and, more specifically, its new iOS 6 Maps app - has since come under fire, for being riddled errors and omissions like missing cities, mislabelled landmarks, and more.

YouTube also disappeared on the latest iteration of Apple's mobile operating system, with some analysts deeming iOS 6 a wholesale failure.

Apple has since defended the effort as a work in progress, noting "we are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get."

However, Apple's competitors aren't taking the Cupertino firm's OS fumble lightly, with rival companies stepping up their attacks on the iPhone 5 maker following the iOS 6 Maps debacle.