A Google Maps (GOOG -1.5%) app for the iOS App Store should be ready by year's end, sources tell...

|By:, SA News Editor

A Google Maps (GOOG -1.5%) app for the iOS App Store should be ready by year's end, sources tell The Guardian, but Google is reportedly "not optimistic" Apple (AAPL) will ever approve it. As evidence, they note none of the mapping alternatives recommended by Apple in the App Store make use of Google Maps APIs. But the widespread criticism and mockery directed at iOS 6 Maps gives Apple plenty of incentive to sign off on the app.