Transit directions is a major feature that’s missing from Apple’s native mapping application on iOS devices. The company took a lot of heat for this when it decided to replace Google Maps as the native mapping service in favor of its homegrown solution called Apple Maps. The app arrive in 2012 with iOS 6 and while it was rumored last year that iOS 8 is finally going to bring transit directions, it didn’t, which is why we’re hearing the same thing again now that iOS 9 is close to being announced.
According to a new report Apple made a decision towards the end last year when it decided not to debut transit directions with iOS 8. The company is now confident in the feature and will reportedly announce it as part of iOS 9 at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2015.
The feature is already available on rival mapping services like Google Maps, which are just a download away in the App Store. Transit directions allow users to map out a trip they intend to take on public transport, getting information such as estimated travel times for bus, train and subway.
It is also said that Apple is improving its indoor mapping capabilities so that it can offer indoor navigation in the future, though the company is not expected to talk about it at WWDC 2015, this particular feature might come later.