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Google Maps for iPhone rumours intensify

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Apple's iPhone 5 could soon see the release of Google Maps after screenshots of what is claimed to be a new native app appeared online.

Developer Ben Guild posted images of the alleged replacement app on his blog, claiming that it will come loaded with new features previously available only to Android users.

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A customer tests the new iPhone 5 at the Apple store in Hong Kong

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The source claims that the service has been optimised for the iPhone 5's larger screen, and will support two-finger map rotation and vector-based graphics to cut down on data usage.

Apple replaced Google Maps as the pre-loaded mapping application for its iOS 6 operating system with a first-party service developed in conjunction with TomTom. The service has been widely criticised for the amount of inaccuracies reported.

Google's Eric Schmidt previously downplayed rumours that a new native Google Maps app is in the works for iOS 6 users, but insisted that the internet giant remains hopeful of future collaborations with Apple.

Last week, Apple pulled an unofficial Google Maps application for its App Store without offering any explanation for the move.

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