It looks like Google Maps Street View, a feature that went missing for iPhone users with the arrival of Apple’s new Maps application, will return for the iPhone starting tomorrow.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will announce Street View for its iOS web application at some point tomorrow which means that owners of Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will then be able to access the feature, which gives a detailed view of city streets, through the browser.
The feature was once commonplace on these devices in Google Maps, which used to be the native maps application in iOS. However, with iOS 6, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own service that has received so much criticism that Apple was forced to apologize for the software.
One of the key features that’s missing in Apple’s Maps is Street View which many consumers and businesses relied on extensively. It gives users a 360 degree view of the streets showing off everything from buildings to parks to water.
Apple’s Maps are also missing things like native transit directions, bike routes and they are also filled with numerous inaccuracies in bugs, all of which led to the complaints that drove Apple to apologize and even include a new Map App Section on the app store.
Since the launch of iOS 6, Google Maps has been available through the web app, though. It offers everything from bike routes to transit directions to traffic. However, Google is also said to be working on a standalone application for iOS which is reportedly hopes is ready by the end of the year.
In the meantime, iPhone and iPad owners are stuck with Apple’s Maps, the Google Maps web app which will improve extensively tomorrow with Street View, or alternatives like Garmin and MapQuest which are available on the App Store.