Google had provided the maps content for iPhone maps since its launch in 2007. Apple chose to remove the Google data with the release of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 in late September.
Apple replaced the information with its own maps but it has had a troubled early life with glaring errors and lack of detailed information. The debacle even resulted in Apple CEO Tim Cook apologising for the problems and suggesting alternative maps in the Apple AppStore. Google had denied they were working on a new native application for the iPhone but last night the application suddenly appeared and it is now the most downloaded free app available on the iPhone.
The new Google Maps app brings turn-by-turn navigation and transit information along with a new redesigned clean interface which looks great on the iPhone and is available now from the AppStore.