Apple plans to vastly improve maps in iOS 8

navigation_heroAccording to a report from the trusty Mark Gurman, Apple is getting ready to launch a beefed-up version of its Maps application with iOS 8, featuring more reliable data and extensive transit directions.

The new app is said to focus on under-the-hood changes, making the app more robust and, hopefully, more prepared to compete with Google’s offerings. Apple plans to go above and beyond the high expectations of consumers, though, and integrate innovative new features that may be the first of their kind.

Thanks to extensive engineering work and acquisitions of several companies such BroadMap,Embark, and HopStop, Apple’s database for iOS Maps will be upgraded with enhanced data so it is more reliable, according to sources. The new application will also be injected with new points of interests and new labels to make places such as airports, parks, train stations, bus stops, highways, and freeways easier to find, the sources added. Sources also say that the mapping application’s cartography design has been tweaked to be slightly cleaner and to make streets more visible.

Also, Maps in iOS 8 will focus on introducing transit directions. Unlike the introduction of Apple’s maps application as part of iOS 6, though, it seems as if Apple truly intends to “do it right” this time around.

iOS 8 Maps will be able to tap into train, subway, and bus data and provide enhanced directions to major airports. The functionality will exist in major cities, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and will expand to other locations across the United States and potentially other countries across the world around the public launch of iOS 8.

I personally don’t have any experience with transit directions services, but according to Gurman’s sources, Apple’s take might be pretty exciting. Hit the source link for more details.



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