You can preview the new Google Maps here (desktop version)
EDIT: And video is here:
Well, that totally confirms it then. Google has basically changed Maps to look prettier and more integrated like Apple Maps and lifted a lot of the minor design details as well.
Nothing new I suppose. A lot of companies that formerly had no f*cks to give about design issues have adopted the Apple style. Microsoft and Google are just the most egregious examples of this.