iOS 9 Transit Maps coming to select cities

Europe, China and North America get first dibs on the new app

Apple’s Transit Maps app is having a test run in a handful of cities for its launch in  June. It will service San Francisco and New York in the US, which are both known as major metropolitan areas while Canada’s sole representative will be Toronto. As for Europe, Apple is said to be prepping for Paris, London and Berlin.

Apple has been working with AutoNavi, an old partner of the company, to procure transit data for Apple due to pre-existing agreements that prohibits the collection of transit map data in China by Apple themselves.

Apparently Apple is already in the works of prepping Boston, Massachusetts and Tokyo, Japan for the next round of cities to include in the service, but Tokyo may be a little challenging as the city has quite an expansive network of transit services.

The updates in the future for more additional cities will come over-the-air, meaning you do not require a full iOS update and the company will be able to notify users via push notification when the service is available in their city, according to Apple.

The Maps Transit app is scheduled for its unveiling at the Worldwide Development Conference keynote address on Monday, 8th of June 2015. Aside from this new feature, Apple also plans to unveil a Home app for controlling approved HomeKit devices and optimisation upgrades, a new systemwide typeface called San Francisco, several security enhancements to the Messages and Health apps ,a new built-in keyboard and iPad split-screen apps.

[source : 9to5 Mac]