Apple announced yesterday at their worldwide developer conference that its Maps app is now getting 5 billion users requests per week, being “3.5 times more used than the nearest mapping app“ (likely Google Maps).
Apple is also slowy but surely improving this app. They finally announced they will offer transit information in 10 major cities in Europe and America as well as more than 300 cities in China in the next version of its mobile map application – available in iOS 9 to be launched this Fall.
Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington D.C are the first cities in Europe and North America where transit data will be available.
While there is not much innovation in adding transit data (everybody around from Google to Here to many startups have done that), Apple has put a lot of attention in displaying map details of train and metro stations, particularly the entrance and elevators to these stations and the underground footprint of these.
Some of the new transit features will also be extended to the Apple Watch, for example time left until the next train.
On a side note, Apple Maps will also indicate in its POI cards whether if Apple Pay is accepted: 1 million locations in the United States by the end of the month, and 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom when it launches next month.