June 9, 2014
Apple’s Maps app in iOS 8 was supposed to include a number of new features, including a “more reliable” user experience, additional points of interest, and even public transit information. Of course, none of these features were highlighted during Apple’s keynote address last week at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), nor were they included in the first iOS 8 beta released to developers. As Joe White noted earlier today, those plans might have been changed due to the “failure of project managers.” As it turns out, Apple may have accidentally leaked screenshots of the public transit feature during a WWDC session video. As BGR first highlighted, “the screenshot 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.” In March, 9to5Mac was the first to report that significant changes were coming to the Maps app in iOS 8 as a result of Apple’s acquisitions of BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop. Last month, 9to5Mac said that the advanced Maps features would probably be delayed by Apple until the iOS 8.1 release. The screenshot suggests this may be the case. See also: Take A Closer Look At Apple's New 'Time Lapse' Camera Feature In iOS 8, Hidden iOS 8 Settings Reveal Control Center And Lock Screen Customization Options, and In iOS 8, Users Also Get Prompted When Apps Continue Monitoring Their Location.