Google Maps 2.0 now available on iOS, including dedicated iPad version

Google Maps 2.0 now available on iOS, including dedicated iPad versionGoogle Maps and iOS have had a rocky relationship over the past year or so, but it looks like they're friends again.

The latest Google Maps version 2.0 for iOS has emerged just a week after launching on Android, and not only does it come with all the same key features, but there's finally a dedicated iPad version too.

That means no more running the iPhone version at twice the size, and it's just as well too since the Maps 2.0 interface is one of its biggest strengths and deserves to run at its native resolution.

New features include Explore contextual search cards showing the likes of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment in the local area, while the revamped navigation engine now offers live traffic reports detailing road closures, accidents, roadworks and the like.

You also get voice-guided turn-by-turn directions (including for dedicated cycling routes and trails), as well as info for more mundane public transportation services.

Like the Android version, iOS users can now check out Zagat reviews for locations and give their own ratings out of five, as well as pin localised special offers directly to the map for others to view.

It's all available right now as a free download from the App Store.

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