The Google Places iOS library by Lukas Kukacka uses a simple block interface to interact with the features of the API that include mapping, localization, and reference. This project offers place search, with nearby search and text search. It also provides places details, with a more detailed information about a specific location. Available as CocoaPods.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.