Hmmm. . .
So instead of pinch-zooming or jumping to a bubble like in Google Streetview, Apple's version (if ever used) would be initiated by . . . uh. . . . pinch-zooming or by selecting a dropped pin (Is that like the Google "bubble"?). Gosh, that does sound a lot less tedious for the mobile device user on the go. /s
Now if only Google Streetview could make use of the mobile device's sensors to zoom or rotate the view by simply tilting and/or turning the phone then Apple's patent application would be really really similar to Google's current implementation.
Oh, wait. . .
Navigate within Street View
Use your finger to pan the map.
Drag the Pegman icon in the lower-left corner to a point in the image in order to zoom directly to that point.
Double-tap a point in Street View with one finger to zoom in; touch once with two fingers to zoom out.
Touch Compass mode in the Google Maps menu to use the phone itself to navigate Street View. Tilt, pan, or turn the phone to change the view. Touch Compass mode again to end it.
Except Google isn't actually doing that are they? It's all a manual process having to click the arrows to move to the next screen.
Also Google's crappy StreetView uses separate images so each movement you do has to download another crappy image whereas Apple's Maps app uses SVG and rendering to provide smooth maps that can be zoomed in an out without an internet connection once the data is loaded onto the phone, and to provide a 3D view without the need for separate images.
The differences are major and Apple's way is the better way I'm afraid.
I have no need for street level view anyway but that's mostly been due to my experiences with Google's StreetView which has basically made me give up on the whole idea so hopefully Apple will give me something I can actually use.