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iPhone 5 will see Google Maps app by end of year: report

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(Read caption) Apple employees hang an iPhone 5 sign at a store in San Francisco last week. Google Maps may be making a return to the iPhone sooner than expected, according to a new report.

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The iPhone 5 was well-received by critics and consumers alike, with one major exception: Apple Maps, the in-house replacement for Google Maps, which had been a default app on the iPhone for years. Apple Maps, detractors argue, is a "flop," a "debacle," and just plain "ugly." 

One analyst summed up the problem thusly: "In the short term, Google has a better mapping application, and iPhone customers will suffer."


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