With the contract between Google and Apple to bring certain applications to the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch expired, Google Maps and YouTube disappeared in iOS 6.0. Google Maps was replaced by Apple's own map software, which has created quite an uproar on the Internet, with users and reviewers alike pointing to poor directions, missing streets and wrong locations of shops and restaurants among many other complaints. But rather than waiting for Google to deliver Google Maps and YouTube to the App Store, it might be a good time for a refresher on how to save a website to your home screen.
When you have a website open in the Safari browser, you can save it to your home screen by pushing the share button. This is the button immediately to the left of the address bar. It looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.
Pressing the home button will bring up a window of options such as mailing the link to a friend or printing the page. In the middle of these options is "Add to Home Screen." Once you tap this option, you will be prompted to give the web page a name. The default name should be okay in most cases. Pressing the "Add" button in the top right corner of the window will add an icon for that web page to the home screen.
The Google Maps website might not be quite as easy to use as the old Google Maps application, but it has most of the same features. It can use GPS so long as you have location services turned on for Safari, and it is quite easy to use it to get directions. You can also use these instructions to save a link to YouTube on your home screen if you preferred quick access to YouTube videos.