For Australians wondering why turn-by-turn is not turned on in iOS Maps, or when it will turn on for that matter, a forwarded email from Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Scott Forstall may shed some light. The email is in response to the question of whether or not turn-by-turn “will be switched on for us Aussies in the near future?” Forstall responded:

Australia is definitely important to us. We first need to make sure our data is exceptional and qualified before turning on turn-by-turn.

Forstall’s reply seems to indicate it will pop up very soon.

Update: Luke Hopewell from the Aussie Giz has the same email and some additional local color.