Apple plans to improve their infamous Maps app with Transit features.
Apple Maps… The proprietary app that brought as much frustration as it did hilarious memes and eventually sent most people straight back into the warm embrace of Google Maps. And, though the troublesome app that single-handedly wiped Mildura off the map is a far cry from the Apple Maps we have today, it gets nowhere near as much praise as its trustworthy rival. It looks like Apple is looking to change that with this year’s iOS 9 update and plans to bring a “Transit” option to the much-maligned app. But when will we see it in Australia, if at all?
Well, probably not a launch anyway. Currently, the plan seems to be to launch Transit in select few cities (New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Paris and Berlin) when iOS 9 kicks off, with Boston and Tokyo not far behind.
The Apple Maps Transit feature will look to replicate the same public transport directions that Google Maps supplies. Whether or not that will include up-to-date arrival and departure times like Google Maps is yet to be seen. Only time will tell whether Apple’s transit option will be as much of a bungle as the app itself, but it’s reasonable to assume the tech giant are treating the younger sibling of their greatest failure with unyielding scrutiny.
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