News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 11, 2014.
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It's a widely held opinion that Apple Maps was terrible when it launched, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from fully embracing the app. People yet to switch to Maps will have greater incentive in iOS 8, which is set to introduce big changes like directions to places via bus, subway, or rail.
9to5Mac's Mark Gurman reports that the next iteration of iOS will feature changes designed to improve Maps. Gurman has a very strong record on Apple rumors, so his report that comes from sources connected to Apple's efforts are reliable. His sources claim that the next app will be more accurate and highlight places of interest airports, parks, trains stations, highways, and bus stops.
Speaking of bus stops, iOS 8 will finally deliver transit directions. Apple acquired several companies last year, including Embark and Hopstop, that dealt with mapping and public transit data, and that information is going to be integrated into major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The app will offer suggested routes from Point A to Point B and show scheduled departure times. Users who rely on public transit will be able to have transit directions by default.
The main reason I don't use Apple Maps on my iPhone is that it doesn't support transit directions like Google Maps, but this may force me to revisit that choice later this year.source: 9to5 Mac
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.