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.
Review: Apple iOS 9
Apple's latest rendition of iOS delivers big in a few important performance metrics, while also giving iPhone owners a handful of delightful new features. Siri is more talkative and helpful than ever, while transit maps aid in navigating through select cities.
Review: Apple iOS 10
Apple's iOS 10 gives iPhones and iPads a healthy serving of new features. Some are easy to discover, while others are not.
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.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
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.