So why is this big news? Because starting in September when Apple’s iOS 6 is reportedly going to ship, Google Maps will no longer be the backend of the maps app for Apple’s products. Apple has put together its own maps offerings through the purchase and combining of three different maps related companies, further separating themselves from Google. As a result any time that Google Maps updates it will need to be immediately held up against the Apple Maps service to do the age old comparison game.
So back to Google which is the known entity for now. The Official Google Blog tells us about this update to Maps