iOS 8 tipped to feature improved Maps app, including transit directions

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Following a rumor from January that alleged that Apple was hard at work on improving its Maps app for the release of iOS 8, a new report has surfaced that reaffirms that claim and adds a bit more detail on how the effort is progressing.

Sources speaking to 9to5Mac say that Apple engineers have been working improve the data of the iOS Maps app to make it more reliable. Some of the new pieces of information that are being added to the app include additional points of interest and more labels for things like airports, bus stops and freeways. The design of the maps are also said to be receiving some tweaks in order to make them cleaner and to make streets easier to see.

Another major feature that’s said to be coming with Maps in iOS 8 is transit directions. This feature will reportedly be deeply integrated into the Maps app, giving users access to bus, subway and train data as well as improved directions to airports. It’s expected that transit directions will be made available for major cities like New York and San Francisco first and then roll out to other U.S. cities and more countries later on.

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