John Paczkowski got a statement from Apple for All Things D:
Apple urged patience. “Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service,” said spokeswoman Trudy Miller. “We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, and Siri integration. We launched this new map service knowing it is a major initiative and that we are just getting started with it. Maps is a cloud-based solution and the more people use it, the better it will get. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”
Translation: “Is it too late to slap a ‘beta’ tag on it? Oh, it is? Well, if you stop whining, we’ll approve the Google Maps app.”
I swear this will be the last maps-related thing I post today.
Update: The Beard says that Google hasn’t submitted a standalone app.