It is definitely snappier in most aspects that I've seen so far (closing apps to the home screen, list scrolling, switching between app pages, opening apps from home/search, zooming in/out of folders, pulling up the keyboard).
The lockscreen keyboard is different (I think) if anyone cares
My update was ~ 271 MB.
Text size on the notification center looks considerably larger and I have my text size setting at the smallest level.
They also finally made the clear button for notifications bigger and easier to read
Regarding maps, this is partly done already in iOS 7. In the Notification Center on the Today tab you are given suggestions on how long it would take you to get to a destination that you usually go to around that time on that day. Like right now, my iPhone is telling me that it will take me about 12 minutes to get to the gym because I go to the gym every Monday. It looks like CarPlay will be an extension and expansion of this with more predetermined destinations using your...
It's news because it is opening the eyes of people (investors) to the fact that AAPL is spending it's money on acquisitions and other value-adds to the company at a quicker pace than the general media is reporting and/or the general reader is aware.