Apple’s Latest iOS Update Simplifies Public Transit In Philly

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Apples latest iOS 9 update gives the city of brotherly love a little extra attention and may make navigating the city a bit easier for iOS users.

On Monday Apple unveiled its newest software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Among the the operating system’s new features is the updated and improved Apple Maps. Previous versions of Apple Maps, which replaced Google Maps as the default navigation app on iOS devices, have been glitchy and paid absolutely no attention to users of public transportation.

Apple’s latest iOS update features real-time public transit information for the city of Philadelphia, one of only six U.S. cities who will receive the enhanced version of the software when it is launched in the fall.

IMG_0390Navigating from point A to point B on the subway, bus or train in Philly will now be easier than ever as the new app will have access to full information for each, including arrival and departure times. The app will also show step-by-step directions to the closest stop or station depending on the users current location.

Real-time updates will make trip-planning on-the-go more streamlined and less stressful, especially for those unfamiliar with public transportation in a particular city. The app also takes into account the layout of the stations themselves, mapping the closest entry and exit points to maximize time-efficiency.

Apples updated Maps is already lagging behind SEPTA who released its own app at the end of 2013 offering full information for buses, subway and train lines, and also shows arrival and departure times. Although SEPTA introduced their app first, we expect the additional features and Apple’s attention to detail to make Apple Maps a users first choice.

Other U.S. cities who will receive access to the enhanced version of the software include Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco Bay area.

The new update will also include improvements for notes, Apple Pay, News, Battery life and Siri. Check back soon for a complete review of iOS 9.

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