Apple Maps will also get some much needed love - public transport directions and other goodies coming with iOS 9


The iOS 9 update, which Apple just announced at its WWDC event, will bring about some new features for the Maps app, among other changes. Firstly, Apple did not miss the oppurtunity to brag about numbers – according to Cupertinians' statistic, Maps is currently being used 5 billion times per week, bringing its usage to 3.5 times higher than "the next most popular mappy map service".

That may be so, but the navigational service is still lacking a pretty important feature, which, thankfully, will be coming with the next iOS update. We are talking about the new Transit option, of course!

The new feature will allow Apple Maps to show detailed routes and station information to help users navigate public transportation. Not only that, but it will attempt to bring super-accurate distance information so that it can calculate travel time as accurately as possible. For example, train stations will not be treated as a point on the map – their actual size will be taken into account, and the distance you need to travel to actually reach your train when you are on-site will be included in the calculations, making sure that you don't miss to board.

Maps will also have a deeper integration with Siri, allowing you to ask the assistant to instantly start up a navigation via Transit. Additionally, the app will now allow you to find nearby restaurants, shops, and other businesses, and you will be able to spot the ones that support Apple Pay thanks to a specially placed indicative icon.

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9 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple Maps has improved a lot.

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Only time will tell when you end up going to a dessert using Apple maps. Google and Here maps is the way to go.

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wouldn't mind ending up with a "dessert" using Apple Maps, it's like a nice little reward. Now, ending up in a desert would suck though. Incredible people are still using the same joke from 2012.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

No lane guidance yet :( Was hoping they would include it in the update, it's the only reason I use Google Maps over Apple Maps.

3. waddup121 unregistered

graet one man!

6. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

This really was a tremendously embarrassing omission on Apple's part. They are of course appleing their way out of it by not admitting fault and forcing a subpar solution until their own is ready. Really they should have done their damnedest to buy Nokia's map division as soon as possible and turn it into Apple Maps or something like that.

7. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

so wait apple maps wasn't able to do public transport directions??? really wat is all the hype about ios if its so far behind??? i'm confuse... are they saying that in 2015 if i'm taking the bus to go places apple phones wont be able to tell me wat bus to take and wen its coming??? are u serious??? whats smart about a phone if it cant tell me what time to leave my house to get to the closest bus stop so i can be on time to my destination???

8. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Last time I used Apple Maps it kept sending me to the App Store for transit apps when I clicked on a transit stop and such. Google Maps and HERE have been very useful in NYC where I can get a time estimate for my destination helping me decide whether or not I have to transfer to a different line to cut my commute.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Cry-me... Sorry I meant Kryme: Are you done pissing on yourself? If you needed public transit app, Apple maps takes you to App Store where it links up bunch of transit map apps that you can download and use, most are free. I have never taken a public bus my entire life - not having a redundant button on maps was a welcome exclusion - as I would NEVER use it. What I do like in Apple maps a lot especially in downtown is as soon as you get out of the car and the phone senses you're walking but not yet at your destination it automatically switches to walking directions as nearly all the time walking directions are shorter than drivin directions. With google maps it used to tell you to take the freeway.

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