I know that a large number of readers on London Cyclist use the iPhone combined with a bike mount to navigate using Google Maps. As of iOS 6, Apple have removed Google Maps and replaced it with Apple Maps. Unfortunately, it appears they’re a fair way off the kind of accuracy you’ve grown to expect from Google Maps.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Google will be allowed to re-add Google Maps on to iOS 6, in the same way they’ve added a separate YouTube app.
For now, I’m sticking with iOS 5. However, that won’t be an option for anyone buying the new iPhone. Fortunately, there are some excellent navigation apps out there that are completely free to use.
The Bike Hub app provides turn by turn directions using Open Cycle Map data with Cycle Streets wizardry. When I recently pitted Google Maps against Cycle Streets, it was clear that the route planner on Cycle Streets was superior.
Bike Doctor on iOS 6
If you are a user of my Bike Doctor or London Bike Rides iPhone app then, I’m going to update those to make use of the larger iPhone screen as soon as I can.
iPhone Bike Mount for iPhone 5.
If you’ve purchased the Tigra iPhone Bike Mount from our eShop and you are looking for a bike mount for the iPhone 5 then you’ll be pleased to know we’ll be adding an iPhone 5 version in the next month or so. (We’ll also be adding a Samsung Galaxy SIII version shortly).
If you’ve got any impressions of the new iPhone or new iOS then I’d be interested in hearing them in the comments.
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