“Apple is readying an upgraded version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Maps application for the next major release of iOS in an effort to battle Google for mobile maps supremacy, according to sources briefed on the plans,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.

“Apple CEO Tim Cook, Senior Vice Presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, and Maps head Patrice Gautier are using the new app to move toward fulfilling a promise to users that the iOS Maps application will eventually live up to the ‘incredibly high standard’ of Apple’s customers,” Gurman reports. “Thanks to extensive engineering work and acquisitions of several companies such BroadMap, Embark, and HopStop, Apple’s database for iOS Maps will be upgraded with enhanced data so it is more reliable, according to sources.”

Gurman reports, “In addition to the mapping data changes, Apple will add one of the most important mobile features to Maps this year: public transit directions.”

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