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Apple may be looking to add public transit to Maps

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Apple may be looking to add public transit to Maps
Since Apple first launched its own Maps app as part of iOS 6 last year, the service has gotten quite a bit better, but it is still reliant on 3rd party apps for things like public transit, but it looks like Apple may be putting that on its list for upgrades. A new job listing is making it look like Apple wants to make public transit directions native to Maps.

The job listing was posted two days ago, and it doesn't really beat around the bush on Apple's intentions. The listing bears the name "Maps C++ Software Engineer – Public Transit", and goes on to mention not just the need for a software engineer for the project, but that the prospective employee would be working on the "Transit Routing Team" to work "on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps."

Of course, given that Apple's app updates can only come as part of a full OS grade, it is likely that users will still have to wait until September 2014 at the earliest before seeing public transit routing added to Maps. 

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posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:25 6

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5568; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No need to wait until September 2014, because Google Maps and Nokia Maps is HERE.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:28 7

2. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


*are here.

But anyway, I agree. I have an iPhone and there's nothing Apple can do that will make me use Apple maps over Google maps. I've been taken to the wrong location way too many times for me to give them another chance.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:30 2

8. Sauce (unregistered)


I don't see anything special about Google Maps.
My choice over Apple and Google Maps is Waze.
The app is amazing and the police notifications are very handy/convenient.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:08

11. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


It's not that there's anything special about Google Maps, but the fact is I can actually count on it. I know when I type in an address I'll actually end up at the proper location. I've been directed MILES in the wrong direction with Apple maps. I haven't tried Waze I have nothing to contribute - I'm sure it's very nice ;)

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:36

12. Stuntman (Posts: 733; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I use Waze as well. It has many advantages over Google Maps such as better overall route selection and more detailed traffic information.

However, Waze does not offer navigation via public transit. If you take public transit, you need to use a different mapping app.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 23:28

18. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Its-official-Google-buys-Waze_id43950

There you go...

@ #8 Sauce

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:48

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


*have been here....for years

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:36 6

3. tedkord (Posts: 4942; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Can't innovate my ass!

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:38

4. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


google maps all the way.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 09:57 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8628; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Wait... Apple Maps still doesn't have Public Transit? It's cheaper to ride public transportation in Chicago than driving. What a shame.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:42

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2678; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It doesn't have native public transit, but you can hook in 3rd party apps to get directions

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:12 1

13. JC557 (Posts: 1137; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Thankfully there's Google Maps to the rescue... though their 7.2 update is a bit laggy and too focused of form over function. Still better than what Apple has put out so far.

It would be nice if Nokia would be able to export Nokia Maps to other ecosystems.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:34

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I bet that Nokia will put their maps on other platforms too. Since Microsoft only bought their mobile phones department, they still have the maps stuff.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 15:11

16. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


imagine using apple maps on a Speed bus.....

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:00

6. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Why does the piece of art known as 'Crazy Stairs' spring to mind when i hear this?

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:03

7. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


now want to ride on a bus to take u to the middle of nowhere apple will have that soon

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:35

15. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 May 2013)


FYI, apple supposedly bought hopstop app, so what they're probably looking for is a person to integrate the code from that app into maps. It used to be on android but since the apple purchase it's been taken off from the play store. That had me mad cause the app even told you how much the cab fare would be, in addition to driving and public transit directions.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 21:16

17. wilsong17 (Posts: 968; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


there google map for that

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 12:10

19. NorCalNokia (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Jun 2013)


Nokia HERE for WP8 has had this since since day 1 of Lumia 920 launch,keep innovating apple

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