At the very least, their concerns are overstated. Because you know who else is worried Apple might not approve their app? Every developer who has ever published to the App Store. It’s a function of Apple’s opaque, ever-changing standards for what qualifies for App Store hosting. A developer can sell an app for years only to find it yanked from the store over some sudden change — it happens all the time. And so it’s not at all unusual that a few employees among the many thousands who work at Google fear rejection from Apple. Fearing rejection from Apple is the default emotional state of developing for Apple devices.
But this is no ordinary app, the Guardian tells us. There are competitive issues at play here. Global software platform geopolitics. Apple’s own Maps product was met with derision around the world; it is simply too proud to let a superior product into its store. “No matter how bad Apple’s Maps are, the company still wants its users to move on from Google — and forget about them,” the Guardian says. “This doesn’t bode well for the approval of an official Google Maps app, the source says.”