By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

A few years ago, Apple jettisoned the Google-powered Maps app and replaced it with a version that was powered by Apple. The latest Apple-powered Maps app hasn’t changed much from the first rendition (in iOS 6) and still lets you 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.
  • See real-time traffic information for most urban locations.

The biggest difference between the two apps is that the Google Maps app offers information about traveling via public transportation for most major cities. And although the Apple-powered Maps app has been upgraded and improved steadily since its intro and now offers info on public transportation (and good info at that), the info is available only for relatively large cities at present.

The free Google Maps app is available in the iTunes App Store, with directions for using public transportation in more cities than the Apple Maps app. You can always keep both apps on your iPhone

Maps in iOS 10 gains several useful features. First, the application has been opened up to other app developers, so you’ll soon be able to book a dinner reservation through OpenTable or a ride with Uber right in the Maps app.

Another nice touch is that the iOS 10 rendition of Maps can make proactive suggestions for where you’re likely to go and the fastest way to get there.

And, Maps now has a “search along your route” feature, so you can find the closest place for gas, food, or lodging without going out of your way. Or, if the closest place requires you to go out of your way, Maps politely informs you how many minutes it will add to your arrival time.