If you go to the Google Maps website and look for directions to a specific location, chances are there are different ways to get there. This is what Google calls “suggested routes.” The website lets you easily see those alternate routes and you can select the one that fits you best.

“Suggested Routes” is a new feature in the Maps app of iOS 5. Just like Google Maps on the web, the app will offer you suggested routes if available…

As you can see on the screenshot above, the Maps app found 2 ways for me to go to Vegas. I can switch between the 2 by tapping “Route 1” or “Route 2.” The distance and estimated travel time changes accordingly.

This is a feature that was long overdue. Now I just wish I was able to drag certain points on the map to change the route myself, should I want to take a detour, just like you can on the web version of Google Maps. But hey, I can’t complain, this is a neat new feature.

What do you think?

[Thanks, Azhar]

  • Frank

    Way to credit iClarified on the find. http://www.iclarified.com/15486

    • First, this was sent to me by a reader. His name is at the end of the article. He sent me screenshots from his iPhone but I used screenshots from my iPhone.
      Second, iClarified never is the real source of news. They always report the news from another website, but they rarely link to the source.

      So no, definitely no credit to iClarified for this one.

      • Mathew Bivona

        I have been following iClarified for years and have never seen an unsourced article. I don’t see how they aren’t a ‘real source’ of news compared to you guys who similarly report the news from other websites.

        Also, they broke the news yesterday on suggested route maps, so your source simply mirrored their findings and claimed they were his own.

        So no, definitely no credit to you for this one either….

      • Mathew,

        I don’t want to get into a battle of who’s right or not here. But I can tell you that we broke news several times before and iClarified reposted our news without giving any credit at all. Me and other writers/blogs have noticed this on many occasions. I called iClarified out on Twitter not too long ago about that, and miraculously, they now link to us when we are the source.

        Besides, I didn’t say iClarified is not a source of news. I said they are rarely the source from where the news originates. I spend my day online on Apple’s blogs. I can usually tell easily who is the source and who is only “reporting” from the source.

        And yes, you are right, we are a little like iClarified in the way we don’t often break news. The difference is that unlike iClarified, we do more than copy/pasting a piece of news from 9to5Mac, we actually write our own and usually give our opinion. iClarified usually writes a sentence or 2, then pastes a chunk from the source. While iDB is a news source, I see iClarified more like an aggregator.


      • AMB

        Sebastien you do your job and do it good, don’t pay attention to those who come here to only cause trouble, give free publicity to other sites and argue for no good reason. Keep up the good work.

        Il y en a certains qui se réjouissent de venir et faire chier à tout le monde, ces personnes ne méritent pas ton attention.

      • azharhamzahya

        Seb,You always do best job for iDB.Keep up the good work.

  • JP

    I think its great. I want drag and drop though!

  • Kris

    You live by me

  • Timohty/klouud

    We need turn by turn and auto correction/recalculating routes. Problems solved.

  • charlesrubowski

    I’m jealous : (
    Enjoy Vegas!

  • Andrew

    Very cool, but for me, if the maps app doesn’t have turn by turn, it’s still about useless. If they implemented this with turn by turn, they could probably even charge a nominal fee and get it.

    • Timohty/klouud

      The Android platform gets turn by turn for free… and it works flawlessly!! Whenever someone in the car has an Android I throw my iPhone out the window (figuratively speaking) and ask them to navigate.

      • Masters

        Ya I totally agree!! My gf loves the fact we depend on her android over my ” all powerful iPhone”. That’s the only thing android has over it though. Hopefully soon apple will integrate a similar system so u don’t have to leave your phone “in line of sight”.

  • ColdGlueGun

    I would love to have the drag feature if there is a roadblock or alternate route i wish to take that isnt shown. Also, I read from both iClarified and iDB. The only reason i found iDB in the first place was from credit given to you in an iClarified article. I love both sites. This site has a more human element and social appeal while iClarified is generally factual and summarizing. I still check iClarified first (cuz its my routine) but i always check both sites for non-shared news and ideas. This site may be a bit more in depth on little picky details also. Anyways, i like both sites! yay!

  • I was waiting for that feature

  • XepptizZ

    Is the iOS 5 map app vector based yet? Or does it still rely on loading images? And for those moaning about the lack of turn by turn, just get a third party app already.

  • Jitendra

    Any hope for voice navigation in google maps app? I love that feature in Android.