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An iOS App for Google Maps and YouTube?

Q:

Is Google working on a new version of its Maps app for Apple devices on the new iOS 6 operating system and will Apple allow it into its app store?

A:

Google has hinted that it wants Google Maps on the iPhone and iPad, though it’s been vague about it, saying only: “Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.” And, in a blog post, a Google official said: “We look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS.”

This could mean Google is building an app, or it could refer to the Google Maps mobile web site, which is already available on the iPhone 5, via the phone’s browser, at maps.google.com. A top Google official has reportedly denied Google has an iPhone maps app ready and waiting, saying such a development would be up to Apple.

Q:

Since Apple no longer includes a built-in YouTube app for the iPhone, is Google, which owns YouTube, making one available?

A:

Yes. It was available when the iPhone 5 launched and has worked well for me. It’s in Apple’s app store and you can learn about it at: http://bit.ly/Vyhh0b.

Q:

I have an iPhone 4S and I entered some appointments for a trip this week. I love how my iPhone automatically adjusts to the local time zone, but I was shocked to find that my appointments were showing on my iPhone an hour earlier than I had scheduled them for. Does the iOS 6 upgrade fix this issue?

A:

No upgrade is needed. This is easily fixed by setting a feature called “Time Zone Support,” which locks appointments so they appear as they did in your home time zone, even while you’re traveling. It’s found in Settings, under the Calendar section of “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”

Here’s an explanation from Apple: http://bit.ly/VynkS9.

Email Walt at mossberg.@wsj.com.


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