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iOS 8 will improve Apple Maps with public transit and maybe augmented reality

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iOS 8 will improve Apple Maps with public transit and maybe augmented reality
So far, the vast majority of the rumors for what Apple is bringing to the table in 2014 has focused on the iPhone 6 hardware. The only information we've heard about the upcoming iOS 8 update is that it will likely include the Healthbook app for tracking exercise, nutrition, and more. Now, we're getting a bit more info on what iOS 8 will bring, and this time the focus is on Apple Maps.

There was quite a bit of uproar about Apple Maps when it first launched, because the software wasn't quite finished, and it replaced a mature Google Maps product. But, over the time since, the product has gotten much better, and the grumbling from users has quieted for the most part. That doesn't mean that Apple is done working on it though. 

iOS 8 will improve Apple Maps with public transit and maybe augmented reality
The new rumors say that Apple will be working to greatly improve the Maps database and enhance the data available, which should make Apple Maps more reliable. The UI will be tweaked to be cleaner and make streets more visible. And, there will be a number of new points-of-interest options to make it easier to find things like airports, parks, train stations, bus stops, highways, and freeways. But, the biggest addition will likely be in a new option to find directions via public transit. 

Until now, users have had to rely on 3rd party apps for public transit directions, but Apple is said to be on track to add in that functionality with iOS 8. Unfortunately, we don't know how extensive it will be at launch. The report claims it will be in major US cities at first, then expand across the US and into other countries. Luckily, Apple likely won't remove the feature which hooks to 3rd party transit apps, so even if Apple Maps doesn't offer what you need, you should still be able to get directions. 

The last piece of the rumor is one that may not make it into iOS 8, but is supposedly something that Apple is working on for a future version of Maps: augmented reality (AR). Apple was granted a patent related to AR back in 2011, but AR in general hasn't really taken off too much. Even so, Apple is said to be working on a solution to show nearby points-of-interest. Apple is also said to be working on different ways to provide indoor mapping and enhanced options for drivers, but again those may not make it into iOS 8. 

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:50 1

1. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

it will show accuracy in ios 100 :P

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 02:41

7. jael206 (Posts: 146; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

iOS maps is hopeless.. haha! #trollmode

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:10

2. ydl08 (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

The map in the picture looks like Google map
They're gonna get sued

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:42

3. pradeepreddy (Posts: 65; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)

OFFLINE navigation Plezzzzzz!!!!

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:06

4. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

Soooo... it will start using Google Maps to make it suck less?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:05 1

6. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

Google Maps sucked on iOS without turn-by-turn directions. Google was limiting its offerings on iOS in order to draw people to Android. It knew Apple was dependant on it for some internet services.

Apple forced Google to take iOS seriously, and now users can benefit from two high quality map apps from Apple and Google, amongst others. Today, iOS is offers more map apps than any other platform. I've been using Apple Maps for eighteen months now and haven't got lost yet.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 05:13

8. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

"more maps" proof please ?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:58

5. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Google has inspired old Apple, hope it works.

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