Google recently updated its Maps app for the iOS version. One of the new features of the update is its offline maps support, and now iOS users can download maps that can be used without the need of an Internet connection. Once these maps are saved locally onto their devices, users are able to search for local destinations as well as getting turn-by-turn navigation, contact details and business hours while they are still offline.
However, these offline maps can take up a large amount of space in users’ devices. For example, a map of New York would use up around 300 MB. Despite this, users don’t need to worry about their devices’ internal storage, for these maps will be automatically purged one month after they are downloaded.
The downside of Maps’ offline feature is that it lacks the mass transit route navigation. Users are still required to be online in order to navigate subway or train routes. This requirement also applies to walking or bicycle routes.
As for the other features of the update, Google Maps also provide gas prices for iOS users. Additionally, they can also view places that are mostly busy throughout the week, which is quite useful for this holiday season.
Google has already implemented the offline feature of Google Maps in the Android version last month, so it is quite clear that mobile users won’t have to get lost during their journey, thanks to these offline maps.