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iOS 8 to feature 'overhauled' Apple Maps with public transport data

Apple to get serious about maps
Tue Mar 11 2014, 15:26
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Apple might have released iOS 7.1 just yesterday, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill churning out speculation surrounding iOS 8.

9to5Mac reported on Tuesday that iOS 8, which Apple is likely to release in the third quarter, will be all about mapping, and will debut a reworked version of Apple's Maps app.

Up until now Apple hasn't had the best luck with its Maps service. Following the app's debut in iOS 6 in 2012, users complained about poor directions and inaccurate locations, moaning that led to the firing of the executive in charge of it. Since then, Australian travellers have been warned not to use Apple Maps, and the service reportedly has even directed users to drive across an airport runway.

That reportedly will all change with iOS 8, which will introduce an overhauled version of Apple Maps. Apple reportedly will have boosted its iOS Maps data with new information gained from the acquisition of several small mapping firms, including Broadmark and Hopstop, which apparently will make the service more reliable.

Public transport directions will also be added, the report claimed, although it's still unclear if this will be in the US only. 9to5Mac reported that Apple Maps will tap into train, subway and bus data, allowing it to offer comprehensive directions for public transport users. A new mapping view will also be added, letting users view nearby stops clearly, and users can also can request directions for later times, which will take into account route closure times.

9to5Mac also claimed that Apple is experimenting with augmented reality mapping, although it said that this might appear in "a few years" rather than with iOS 8. µ


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