Apple’s iOS Maps leaves off transit lines
Share Now on:
Jeremy Hobson: Apple’s new operating system for iPhones and iPads has drawn plenty of praise. But one group that is not so happy: Public Transit riders.
From the Transportation Nation desk at WNYC here in New York, Andrea Bernstein explains.
Andrea Bernstein: When Apple V.P. Scott Forstall unveiled the company’s new operating system last week, he was breathless with enthusiasm.
Scott Forestall: Next is Maps.
Not included: Transit directions. BART trains? Not there. Metro? Not there? The T? Not there.
Joshua Robin: I was, first off, kind of surprised.
Joshua Robin is innovation director for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Robin: For the last couple of years, it’s been a huge benefit to our riders to have transit as an option.
iPhones have been relying on Google Maps, which do include transit directions. But now that Apple is working on its own system, it dropped transit. Pro-transit groups started a petition to get Apple to reconsider.
Apple isn’t commenting, beyond what Forestall said at the announcement.
Forestall: Instead of trying to build those ourselves, we are going to integrate and feature and promote your apps for transit right within the Maps app in iOS 6.
So for a while at least, you’ll have to download them yourselves.
In New York, I’m Andrea Bernstein for Marketplace.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.