iOS 8: Soon, Apple Maps Will Be Able to Take the Bus
Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have said that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is adding the capability to use public transportation to Apple Maps with the iOS 8 update coming later this year. The lack of public transportation in Apple’s mapping software has been one of the biggest — though far from the only — complaint about the native iOS app that has been notorious for getting users lost and generally being less reliable than Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) competing maps app.
Apple has been hard at work on the app since its botched roll-out back in 2012 that resulted in CEO Tim Cook issuing a public apology and firing the former iOS head Steve Forstall, according to AppleInsider. Software and services head Eddy Cue was given the job of fixing the software and has made some significant improvements, but many Apple users still defect and download Google Maps to get where they’re going.
Google Maps currently offers a reliable way to navigate to your destination using subways, trains, and buses. 9to5Mac previously reported that Apple would add the same function to Apple Maps with the iOS 8 roll out, and now those same anonymous sources have confirmed that Apple is on track with the project. The service will be launched first in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and will later be expanded to the entire country.
Apple has made several map-related acquisitions in the past year, showing that the company is taking the improvement of its map app seriously. At the end of last year, Apple revealed that its acquisitions for 2013 included location data company Locationary, mapping firm BroadMap, mass transit navigation app company HopStop, and transit system app company Embark. All of these acquisitions have gone into updating Apple Maps and building the app’s public transportation capabilities.