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New Google Maps App Restores Order to the Universe

The Google Maps app on an Apple iPhone 4S on Dec. 13, 2012 in Fairfax,
California.

The Google Maps app on an Apple iPhone 4S on Dec. 13, 2012 in Fairfax, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Well, that pretty much settles it. Everyone please go back to whatever you were doing.

Today, Google released its free Google Maps for iPhone app in Apple’s App Store. Besides reestablishing galactic tranquility, the new app brings iPhone users all the features they were missing by using Apple’s new home-grown Maps app. Apple’s Maps were pretty and slick, but the service was crippled from the get-go. Sure, turn-by-turn directions were great to have, but losing such things as transit information was a pretty severe price to pay for it.