From the Users Guide:
Marking a Location with a Drop Pin
A drop pin lets you mark a location by hand.
Use a dropped pin: Touch and hold any location on the map to drop a pin.
Or, you can drag or tap the bottom-right corner of the screen, then tap Drop Pin.
A pin drops on the map. Touch and hold the pin, then drag it to any location you
You can get step-by-step driving, public transit, or walking directions.
1 Tap Directions.
2 Tap the fields at the top of the screen to enter your starting and ending locations.
Normally, iPad starts with your current location (if available).
If an address is in your contacts list, tap , choose the contact, and tap Directions To
Here or Directions From Here.
Tap to reverse the directions.
3 Select directions for driving ( ), public transit ( ), or walking ( ) at the bottom of the
The available travel options depend on the route.
4 Do one of the following:
Â To view directions one step at a time, tap Start, and then tap to see the next leg of
the trip. Tap to go back.
Â To view the directions in a list, tap Start, and then tap . Tap any item in the list to see
a map showing that leg of the trip. Tap Route Overview to return to the overview
You can also get directions by finding a location on the map, tapping the pin that
points to it, tapping , then tapping Directions To Here or Directions From Here.
Are you aware that you can bookmark locations? Tap the round blue "i" icon and you'll get a window with an Add to Bookmarks button. You can then bring up all the bookmarked locations by tapping the "book" icon and selecting Bookmarks at the bottom of the window.
As to suggesting things to Apple, use their feedback pages:
1. log into Google maps on a computer and create a map of the area you want as a mymap
2. click the directions button on the left and paste the addresses you want on the map into a destination. Each location has to go into a separate destination. I haven't found any automatic way to achieve this, ie csv file import
3. Click the get directions button under the list and it will show the route and the pins on the map. To change the route just drag the destinations in the list to the order you want. You can also change the streets that google has selected on the map.
4. When you are happy with the route, click the Link button on the right and email that link to yourself so you can get it into the iPad.
5. In your iPad, touch and hold the link in the email and it will open up google maps in Safari (not the maps app) and all your visit points and route is shown there.
6. Add it to your home screen or bookmarks so you don't lose it or take a screen shot if you don't have good 3G service.
It would be nice if there was an app or Google function in the app that takes a group of addresses into the map automatically but I haven't found it.
Love Google Search. I use it instead of a forum search and it brought me right to this post. I too have been frustrated (well for the three days I have had my new iPad) about not being able to save to My Places from it. Tried it out a couple of times and using the Safari Google Maps allows me to do what the Google Maps app won't.
Thanks for the advice. Turning my computer on less and less now.
I know there's a new app coming out on May 15, 2012 (I think) called "Canvassmate" that allows this to be done. My company is beta testing it, right now and it's incredibly helpful with what we do. We can drop hundreds of pins on a map at any given time. It's mainly used for our sales staff while they are out canvassing neighborhoods. Again, I don't think it's going to be released until next week, but I know you can sign up for it at canvassmate.com for free. Worth a try, I guess. Hope that helps!