In September 2012, CEO Tim Cook admitted that iOS 6 Maps “fell short” of Apple’s commitment to “make world-class products.” Since then, Cupertino has striven to make Maps better with each subsequent iOS release. The fruits of that labor should be on full display in iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac.
According to sources briefed on the company’s plans, the next version of Maps won’t receive significant interface changes. Rather, it will focus on “under-the-hood” changes. Besides database changes, Maps will gain new points of interests, new labels to make places easier to find, and more. Many of these changes come as a result of Apple’s acquisitions of BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop. Because of this, iOS 8 Maps is also likely to include public transit directions for the first time.
As 9to5Mac notes:
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, and Maps head Patrice Gautier are using the new app to move toward fulfilling a promise to users that the iOS Maps application will eventually live up to the “incredibly high standard” of Apple’s customers.
Other possible Maps features include augmented reality tools, integration with Apple’s upcoming Healthbook application, and more.
See also: The 5 New Features We’d Like To See In Apple’s iOS 8, The 2 New Apple iOS 8 Features We’d Like To See, and Apple Reportedly Focusing On Health And Fitness In iOS 8 With New ‘Healthbook’ App.