iOS 9 will finally bring transit directions to Maps app

One important piece of the Apple Maps puzzle is about to fall in place at next month’s WWDC as Apple readies to announce the Transit feature within Apple Maps in iOS 9, 9to5Mac reported this morning.

The same publication ran a scoop last year reporting that the Transit feature would launch as part of the iOS 8 software update, but the rumor didn’t pan out.

“Having originally planned to add a new transit directions feature to Maps last year, only to pull the feature before WWDC 2014, Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9,” the report, based on “sources,” reads.

The report notes that Apple decided to remove the public transit functionality from the Maps app from iOS 8 very late into development because of “personnel issues, data inconsistencies, and coverage for only a small subset of Apple’s major markets”.
Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9, according to sources. Apple currently plans to debut bus, subway, and train route navigation as the central upgrade to the Maps app in iOS 9 at WWDC [..] [..] Sources said last year that the transit functionality for Maps includes larger icons for users to more quickly spot airports, subway stations, and train stations within the Maps app. In addition to the main functionality, there is also a trip planning feature for transit, and a new Transit view alongside the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views.
A new Transit layer will join the existing Standard, Hybrid, Satellite and Flyover views within the Apple Maps application. Moreover, a new push notifications system is in the works to notify users as new cities gain Transit support.

Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 9 at next month’s developer conference. According to rumors, Apple plans to focus on optimizations and refinements with iOS 9. It will also include a new ‘Home app’ that can be used to manage HomeKit accessories. Siri will also reportedly be getting a makeover for iOS 9, to better match it with the Siri experience on the Apple Watch. Apple may also use the ‘San Francisco’ Apple Watch font in iOS 9.

Lastly, the company is reportedly mapping out its own offices in Cupertino as part of a bigger effort to provide indoor maps in Apple Maps to help folks navigate major buildings, offices and landmarks.

“The company has let loose autonomous robots with iBeacon sensors, similar to size to iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaners, to collect data for its indoor mapping project,” the report reads.

Don’t confuse these robots with vans that have been spotted cruising major U.S. cities, likely to capture high-resolution street-level images, most likely for a Google Street View like feature in Apple Maps.

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