iOS 6 (Maps, turn-by-turn teaser)

When Apple replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own software last year, one of the biggest user complaints was that the new app didn’t have public transit data. For folks who take the bus or train to work everyday, it was a big deal.

The good news, though, is that the company does appear to be working on adding the feature. In addition to acquiring transit experts like HopStop and Embark, Apple has been hiring software engineers for its ‘Transit Routing’ team.

MacRumors points to two new job listings on Apple’s website this afternoon, both of which call for software engineers to join the company’s Maps team to work on building and improving a Transit Routing platform “at a massive scale.”

Here’s the description from one of the listings:

“As a member of the Transit Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps. You will design and implement functionality that will be used by millions of users worldwide. Being part of a small team, you will have an influence on the future product.

You will be responsible for implementing new features and resolving complex issues. You will work on high performance server code using C++ in Linux environment. Work with engineers and QA to deliver high quality routes to our customers. Challenge the status quo and improve design of existing software. Participate in design and code reviews.”

This is the latest bit of evidence we’ve seen that Apple is working to improve its Maps offering. The firm suffered quite a bit of criticism after its release last year due to several user complaints, which led to Tim Cook issuing a letter of apology.

And to their credit, Maps has gotten a lot better in the past year. A lot of the initial bugs have been fixed via iterative updates, and 3D Flyover support has been expanded in a number of major cities around the globe including Paris, France.

Additionally, Apple released a desktop version of its Maps app alongside OS X Mavericks earlier this month, and has been seen hiring Web UI designers to help design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code for a new ‘secret project.’

  • Michael Zhang

    No more routing to Google Maps 🙂

    • Rowan09

      I personally like Embark, Hop Stop and Transit. Google maps doesn’t really give me bus or train routes when I’m in Long Island a lot of the times.

      • Anthony Antunez

        I started using one called TripGo which is working pretty similar to Transit. I like it more just because it matches iOS 7 better lol. I don’t use transit directions much anyways.

    • deepdvd

      And this makes you happy? I would have put a frownie. If they add this, I bet they remove the option to route to other apps like Google Maps or Waze from Siri by saying “Directions to […] in transit” Here’s hoping for a jailbreak for the iPhone 5s before this happens.

      • Michael Zhang

        Yes, it does make me happy, because Apple maps for my area is EXTREMELY accurate, and if it would rid me the hassle of routing to other apps, then I could have one less non-stock app. Of course, everyone is different, and I’m not saying that I’m right, or you’re wrong. I’m just saying that it works for me 🙂

  • Christopher

    If they can just take there data from navigon instead of tom-tom. That would be the best thing.

  • Jo

    I’m just wondering, apart from a sense of achievement, what would perfecting Apple maps do to apple? Not much. It’s mostly Apple’s dislike of Google.

    • Rowan09

      Is this a serious question? You know it does make logical sense to develop your own instead of depending on your direct competitor. Anyways the breakdown with Google maps happened because Google didn’t want to include voice turn-by-turn without full control on an IOS device.

      • Jo

        Yeah however it’s very expensive, and I’m not sure if all that money will be worth it. But I agree with you, it makes sense because it’s their competitor.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah but they have more than enough money. Remember maps is also a part of advertising so it will make them money if done right.

  • Jo

    I thought this was pretty funny…

    • Rowan09

      Sometimes you just have to take the shortcut. Lol somebody messed up on that icon. They changed it though on IOS 7.

      • Jo

        hahaha yeah