As anticipated, Google Maps for iOS became available last night. The application provides driving, walking, and transit directions (no biking directions, unlike the Android app). The app uses Google’s geographic information that has been refined over the past seven years, includes Street View, and vector-based maps for fast, smooth zooming. It provides transit directions for every transit service that is included in Google Maps. And, Google Maps for iOS has a clean interface that makes use of swipe gestures.
David Pogue with the New York Times reviews Google Maps for iOS 6 very positively.
My first impression is that the app has a polished feel, with some thoughtful features, and that the transit directions features work well.
Transit directions map overview.
Swipe up to get a text itinerary.
Tap “20 stops” to get a list of all the intermediary stops.
The app remembers the last mode you used, changes the icon accordingly, and, as one explores, provides you travel times to locations for that mode.