iOS 6 Map users will need to rely on third party apps for transit directions

iOS 6 Map users will need to rely on third party apps for transit directions
According to iOS software chief Scott Forstall, those using the new Maps feature in iOS 6 for transit direction or for walking, hiking and biking, will be relying on third party apps to complete their journey. As part of iOS 6, a new application programming interface allows third party transit apps to interface with Maps. Forstall told developers at WWDC on Monday that Apple realized when building Maps that the best transit apps and those for walking and biking, were coming from third party developers.

Scott Forstall and Maps

Scott Forstall and Maps

According to release notes disseminated by Apple, third party apps without map support have an easier way in iOS 6 to use the Map application and display certain points on a map. The notes say that developers can register apps that offer information like turn-by-turn navigation, as a "routing app" and make it available to the entire iOS platform. Registering allows developers to get their work in front of  users and according to Apple, are not limited to walking or transit directions. Those offering navigation for hiking, biking, subway, air travel and any form of public transportation are invited to register.

The Cupertino based firm says that its new Maps application will give users the option to download these third party apps to get directions even if they are not already installed on the user's device. This sounds like a great opportunity for iOS developers to get their navigational apps in front of millions of iOS 6 users. For those needing quick transit directions, or directions for walking, hiking and biking, it sounds like a minor additional step you need to take before reaching your destination.

source: AppleInsider

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21 Comments

1. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

If they can't provide an End-to-End solution... Why the hell are they doing this?

15. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

They are look for something new so it can sell their device. And if the feature doesn't work out, they will claim it still BETA, same lame lame excuse like Siri.

2. alan_1230

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Lame !

3. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

Apple will see which one is the best, buy it then ban the rest or sue someone.

4. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

iOS6 was disappointing from the get go and now little bits of info are coming out about their maps program (which was their biggest improvement) and how it isn't that legitimate... fragmentation, now this. Apple is looking like a minor league player trying to hit in the majors for the first time. Welcome to the show Apple!!!

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

fragmentation is an issue on all platforms.. and anyways fragmentation itself isnt really something that is a problem-- its just technology advancing and leaving some things behind... and idk why this mapping thing is seen as a downfall.. for the slight inconvenience of downloading third party apps, you get freaking third party info on a native apple app... that in itself seems wonderful-- then there will be maps for malls, subways, taxis, busses and everything rather than the limited amount of stuff that was on the previous google maps

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Innovation at its finest....200 new (maybe) and no turn by turn directions for maps on a $650 plus phone.....unbelievable innovation... i guess siri will take ubthere

6. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Siri's sweet voice will tell you to jump off the bridge.

7. virparam01

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

And what they were saying the most advanced mobile operating system.. with best add on,the maps....and dat even cant give turn by turn indication.......Really u kiddin me?????? If u was going to rely on 3rd party apps why to spend that much money and what was the problem with gmaps then???

8. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Well they better keep Google Maps in the app store so ios users can pick what Maps App they prefer to use best.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Probably for the best. You dont want to jump out of the bus to jump off the bridge that it tells you to.

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

That's what happens when a tech company decides to sit on their laurels for a couple of years because they think everybody else won't bother to innovate. The debacle of Apple's IOS 6 is another nail in Apple's coffin. The crushing sales numbers the Galaxy S III will produce will finally push the tired iPhone over the edge.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You wish. iPhone 5 will drive Apple's market share way up. Windows phone is the end for android. All the frustrated users will be going to Apple or Windows. 38% of iPhone buyers are switching from android.

11. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

What a joke....

13. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Wow that's sad. It seems like Apple just did this to kick Google off iOS, not to improve the iOS user experience.

16. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Actually, i don't consider the new Apple maps a new feature, it is more of replacement to Google Maps which is undeniably better, atleast for now..

19. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Elaborate please.

17. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

IOS 6 maps is 3-4 years behind Google maps.. Apple from innovator to playing catch-up..

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1222; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

This is very very much expected... Since apple has many customers who without second thought follow apple and guess about the sales of iProducts later, if they jumped from Bridge after the sweet command given by Siri????

20. iOSuserbutnotiFan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

with GGmap, Apple is only one who have to pay for Google money to use their map on iPhone. Now Apple replace GGmap by its own map, but iDevice user who want to use all ability of Apple's map will have to buy 3rd app that be place in App store. That sound good for Apple since user have to pay more for 3rd app while Apple can pay less for map + earn more money from Map app that user have to purchase. Good thought Apple lol :))

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