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Transit Directions Icon for iOS Maps Briefly Shown in Apple WWDC Session Slides

While improvements such as transit directions had been part of the early rumors for iOS 8, a follow-up report from 9to5Mac on May 1 had indicated that the feature might not make the cut for initial versions of iOS 8 as Apple was pulling resources from the iOS team to work on what would be introduced as OS X Yosemite.

Indeed, Maps improvements went essentially unmentioned at the WWDC keynote last week, and sources speaking to TechCrunch outlined "internal politics" including the departure of several key members of the Maps team as one of the reasons for Maps improvements not being ready for a WWDC presentation or inclusion in the initial iOS 8 beta.

As highlighted by BGR, one developer spotted a slide in an Apple WWDC session video showing an iPad version of the Maps app with a "bus" icon in the center of the bottom toolbar. While it is unsurprising that Apple is indeed working on transit directions for Maps given previous rumors and Apple's several corporate acquisitions in the area over the past year or two, the inclusion of a slide showing the feature suggests that discussion of the transit features may indeed have been a fairly late cut from the keynote presentation.

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The screenshot, which can be seen above, shows an icon of a train or a bus at the bottom center of the screen, which presumably indicates transit directions. It comes from the session titled “Power, Performance and Diagnostics: What’s new in GCD and XPC,” and BGR was pointed to it by Jesper.
Interestingly, Apple has moved quickly to address the errant inclusion of the screenshot showing a transit-enabled Maps app and has already pulled the session video and slides from the developer website.

Apple's scheduling plans for transit directions in Maps are still not entirely clear, as there is still plenty of time of the feature to be added during the beta testing period prior to public launch, which is expected around September. Alternatively, the feature could be held back for a later update such as an iOS 8.1 to give Apple more time to polish it.

Related roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features

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12 weeks ago
Google Maps has transit directions. Just use Google Maps.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 weeks ago
A company with $120 billion in cash (errr... $117 billion after buying Beats?) can't afford to hire some additional programmers so they have to pull and reassign people from one project to another and suffer delays for features that should have been all done "yesterday"?

I mean I get that it takes time to find good people but given the resources available, they should be able to grow the team just a bit so they can tackle more ground.

$1 billion toward additional programmers would let them probably double their staff with equal or higher talent and then they can roll things out much faster across many products/services.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's just too bad Apple split from Google on this product - Apple is using resources trying to re-invent something that is already done quite well with Google Maps.


If Apple didn't split from Google, we'd still be using the same crappy Google Maps we were using back then and Google would have never offered a new version of Google Maps for IOS users.

So glad they split.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's just too bad Apple split from Google on this product - Apple is using resources trying to re-invent something that is already done quite well with Google Maps.


To me the big difference between the two (since both now work in my area) are Streetview and that 3D mode.
At no point, other than flying low over a city is 3D mode going to be useful to me. Streetview on the other hand has been useful on a few occasions already. That's exactly it; seems that Apple is trying to reinvent maps when it's not necessary. Unless you're a helicopter pilot.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago
It's just too bad Apple split from Google on this product - Apple is using resources trying to re-invent something that is already done quite well with Google Maps.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
It feels like someone is making a concerted effort today to bash Apple Maps.

But articles like this one throw gallons of water on that dim ember.

Apple Maps is already pretty darn good in my opinion.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
I could see an Apple event in early 2015 for Map improvements, split screen iPad features, Photos for OS X etc.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago
You people are taking this way too seriously. How many times have we heard "reports" or "inside knowledge" of Apple whether it's products or politics and have just flat out ended up wrong.

I understand this is macRUMORS, but a lot of you people act like the girl who killed herself because some fear monger was talking about how CERN could possible make black holes that would destroy the earth. A lot of you seem to be throwing yourself on your swords just on a rumor or a debate or mismanagement in Apple. If you've EVER been in a corporation, you know it can happen.

And PLEASE stop saying "This wouldn't have happened under Steve Jobs", because it sure did!
Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

So sad to see how rapidly Apple's coming apart at the seems without Jobs' leadership. Nothing but big egos pissing around marking territory left and right while product founders.

Meanwhile, Cook is making TV ads begging for the world's forgiveness for Apple's success and hoping they'll love him because of his use of green power.[COLOR="#808080"]

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So sad to see how a poster who couldn't run Apple or has inside info criticizes
a successful company.

Unless, you forgot the sarcasm face.

Here it is :rolleyes:

Rating: 2 Votes
12 weeks ago

I hope they add it. I'm tired of Notification Centre telling me how long it would take me to drive to work or drive home when I DON'T OWN A CAR OR DRIVE!


A nice thing in iOS 8 is that you are now able to customise the Today view in notification centre with content from apps.

So for example, transit apps would instead be able to tell you if your train home is delayed, or how long it'll take you to cycle, or whatever.

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So sad to see how rapidly Apple's coming apart at the seems without Jobs' leadership. Nothing but big egos pissing around marking territory left and right while product founders.


Yes, Tim needs to stop being the nice guy and grab the bull by the horns. The firings must continue until the product improves.
Rating: 1 Votes

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