The New Maps App for iPhone 5 - dummies

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Unlike the old Maps apps for your iPhone, the Maps app in iOS 6 doesn’t offer information about traveling via public transportation, though it seems likely this feature will be added sometime in the future. On the flip side, the new Maps app delivers significantly improved overall performance, spoken turn-by-turn directions (iPhone 4S and 5 only), and a nifty 3D flyover view for many locations.

The Maps feature has become better and more capable with each iOS update. Or at least that was the case until the release of iOS 6, when Apple jettisoned the Google Maps-powered Maps app you’ve known and loved since the first iPhone and replaced it with an Apple-powered Maps app.

Some people abhor the new Maps app; many don’t notice much difference; and a (small) handful like it better. It’s pretty good already and will only get better.

The new Maps app, like the one it supersedes, can quickly and easily discover exactly where you are; find nearby restaurants and businesses; get turn-by-turn directions for driving or walking from any address to any other address; and see real-time traffic information for many locations.