The app appeared in the App Store late Wednesday evening, providing joy and comfort to disgruntled Apple Maps users everywhere.
Rumors of the app's impending release appeared earlier this evening by way of AllThingsD.
Google Maps for iOS [iTunes link] looks and functions more similarly to its Android counterpart than it does to the version that used to be bundled with iOS.
Google Maps, including guided turn-by-turn directions.
If you're having issues downloading the app, give it a few minutes. Within moments of its release, it appears as if Apple's servers were briefly crushed, with some users finding it difficult to download the app.
I've only spent a few minutes with the app, but here are my first impressions:
The interface is noticeably cleaner than before, though I still prefer the looks if not always the accuracy of Apple Maps
Users can choose to designate a home and work address within their profile, which is particularly handy
Voice-guided turn-by-turn appears to work well
Users can opt to view public transit as an overlay on the map itself, which is a nice touch
I love being able to access public-transit directions within my maps app again
Google Places have been more prominently integrated into the app