Apple's struggling Maps service will receive a fresh boost with the launch of iOS 9 later this year.
As reported by 9to5Mac, the Maps app will be updated with public transportation data which will include bus, subway and train directions. This could, if implemented properly, be hugely beneficial for daily commuters and those who are not too conversant with directions like tourists and business travellers.
It was also reported that this new feature could have been included in iOS 8 but was withdrawn at the last moment. This was because only a limited cities were covered at that stage and also because it faced several data inconsistencies and personnel issues
The move comes exactly a year after Google Maps started providing public transport directions for the entire UK, including bus, train, tram and ferry routes in May last year.
The remodelled Map will also feature a new 'Transit view' apart from the existing Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views, and will enable users to spot airports, stations and subways quickly on the app.
Apple decided to do it alone since 2012 when it stopped relying on Google Maps to invest actively in its own Maps app. However, it did not achieve instant popularity due to inconsistencies and errors in directions and distance calculations. 9to5Mac has added that Apple is planning a new 'indoor mapping project' which will 'help users navigate major buildings, offices, and landmarks,' and will probably be launched along with the iOS 10 next year.