The big news is that, for the first time, there’s a dedicated iPad experience of Google Maps. Sure, you could use the previous Google Maps app on your iPad (or iPad Mini), but you were just getting an enlarged version of the iPhone app that launched last December. The new iOS app offers separate designs for the two devices.
Here are a couple screenshots from the iPad app.
The new iOS Google Maps app also includes a new “Explore” feature that auto-suggests local places without having to actually search. (Foursquare has a similar feature with the same name.) Other features of the new app:
- Enhanced navigation, including live traffic updates, road closures and other incident reports.
- Indoor maps for malls, airports and transit stations.
- 5-star ratings (replacing the 30-point Zagat scoring system)
- deals from Google Offers
- Biking directions and navigation
The new iOS app and features mirror what Google announced for Android a week ago.