The search feature is faster and more specific than Google
There's no need to be "that guy" holding up sidewalk traffic with his head in his phone searching for a nearby coffee shop. That's because any time you click the search bar, a helpful menu of nearby points of interest pops up, culled into categories like Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, and Fun. Tap one and you get a list of the most popular places within walking distance -- but you can then filter even further (i.e., type of restaurant, type of store, etc.) Google Maps offers a vaguely similar feature, but Apple’s version is much easier on the eyes, and will get you where you want to go faster.
Get turn-by-turn navigation on your iPhone's lock screen
Tapping in your passcode every time you need to check if you're driving the right way is not only annoying, it's dangerous as hell. Unlike Google, Apple Maps gives you the play-by-play (and allows you to manually tweak your route) without fumbling to get access to your phone.