We’ve been hearing about Apple planning to include transit navigation and information to the Apple Maps app in iOS, but the Cupertino firm is yet to add the new feature. It was left out of iOS 6, with Apple allowing third party apps to provide the data in its place. iOS 8 was suppose to include the feature, but Apple wasn’t ready. This means that you may have to wait until the next version of iOS for the this feature to be included, since Apple can’t update most of its individual apps outside of a system-wide update. The good news is an Apple patent suggests that the feature will be available with the release of iOS 9.
Here’s the patent listed with the USPTO:
“User Interface Tools for Commute Assistant”
“Some embodiments provide a commute application that receives a selection of a route from several different routes. Each route in the several different routes includes several stops. In response, the commute application also provides a dynamic focus table that includes a first portion for displaying a schedule of stops along the selected route and a second portion for displaying metadata regarding the selected route. The metadata presented in the second portion is automatically updated whenever a different schedule of stops is displayed in the first portion of the dynamic focus table.”
“A non-transitory machine-readable medium storing a commute application which when executed by at least one processing unit of a device provides routes and trips along the routes, the commute application comprising sets of instructions for: receiving a selection of a route from a plurality of different routes, each route in the plurality of different routes comprising a plurality of stops; and in response, providing a dynamic focus table comprising a first portion for displaying a schedule of stops along the selected route and a second portion for displaying metadata regarding the selected route, wherein the metadata presented in the second portion is automatically updated whenever a different schedule of stops is displayed in the first portion of the dynamic focus table.”
As the name suggest, the “assistant” will help users navigate through cities or regions. It provides estimated arrival times, station and stop information, automatic updates, and more.