Michael Grothaus writing for The Guardian:
Sources at Google familiar with its mapping plans say they are “not optimistic” that Apple will ever approve a dedicated Google Maps iOS app. Though the app is reportedly in development and should be ready to ship by the end of the year, the sources say their plans are only proceeding in “the unlikely event” that Apple will choose to approve the app.
As we know, sources inside Google are experts on Apple’s App Store policies. This sounds like a shameless leak from Google higher ups to assuage the wait until they’ve finished their app.
The fact is that Google was caught with their pants around their ankles when iOS 6 shipped. They had to have known that Apple Maps was coming, and they should have started their own iOS client a year ago. But they didn’t, and now they’re trying to deflect attention from their own flaws.
Mark my words, when Google finally finishes their iOS client, Apple will put it on the store.