ベン・ギルド (Ben Guild)


On iOS 6? Get a rough version of Google Maps with the original icon via the web.

UPDATE (2012/09/29): YouTube icon also made available below, by request.

iOS 6 replaces the original “Maps” app (which has used Google Maps since the first version of iOS) with its own “Apple Maps” software. — Google does offer a web-based version of Google Maps, but if you install this to your homescreen through Safari, the icon is much worse than the original one from Apple. 😞

Until Google is able to release a downloadable copy of Google Maps via the App Store, here are some installable “Configuration Profiles” that not only retain the original icon for Google Maps on iPhone but also allow the web-version to run fullscreen:

When installing these, if you're asked for a password, it's just iOS asking for you to confirm your device's passcode that you'd use to unlock it.

Testing the temporary Google Maps icons for iOS 6
Testing on an iPad, alongside the temporary icon, using iOS 5. (before the update)

Running Google Maps in Safari isn't perfect, but this does at least allow you to retain some of the prior feel. — Try it out! 👍🏻

UPDATE: Installable classic YouTube icon, too!

Jordan wrote me an email today, and asked for the classic YouTube icon, as well. Although Google has already released a native YouTube app for iOS, I figured… why not?

These will restore the original YouTube iOS icon, and point you to its mobile website:

Enjoy! 📺