Apple Picks Up Mass Transit Mapper Embark
Apple confirmed that it has acquired a small mapping company called Embark. Embark, which is based in Silicon Valley, creates mass transit applications for iOS devices. It covers cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, and others. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Apple has picked up two other mapping companies in recent months, Locationary and HopStop. The company is committed to improving Apple Maps, which launched last year.
Apple Maps Gains Transit Directions
Apple today announced that Apple Maps in iOS 9 will support transit information and directions. The update supports multi-modal trips, including walking, subway, and ferry segments.
Apple to Distribute iOS 9 September 16
Apple today said the final version of iOS 9 will become available to most iOS devices beginning Sept. 16.
Amtrak Routes In the Northeast Added to Apple Maps
Apple has expanded mass transit directions in Apple Maps thanks to the addition of Amtrak routes along the Northeast Corridor. iPhone and iPad owners can now plan routes that include Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Maple Leaf, and other lines to points between Boston and Washington, D.C.
Apple Scoops Up Mapsense
Apple has purchased a small mapping company called Mapsense, reports Re/Code. Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the San Francisco-based firm, which "builds tools for analyzing and visualizing location data." The company's 12-person team will be folded into Apple's Cupertino headquarters.
Apple Buys Another Navigation Company
Apple confirmed that it has acquired a small, high-precision navigation company called Coherent Navigation. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time," said the company in a statement, "and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Apple did not say when it bought Coherent, and neither did it say how much it paid for the company.