So, Apple announced details of iOS 6 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference this week, and it has been pointed out that public transit directions are NOT included. Of course, there are some people that don’t think this is too cool… Our friends at WalkScore definitely agree with us that transit information matters.
On the WalkScore web site they ask:
“Do you think public transit and walking directions on your phone are important?”
Of course you do! Let them know by posting something like this to Twitter:
We have had Google transit in the Phoenix market for a while, and people seem to like it. For now, it works on pretty much any smart phone. I know fan boys on both sides of the Google / Apple debate, and MANY of my friends love their iPhone, iPad, and the cute little Apple stickers that they have on their cars. Droid fans seem pretty entrenched in their systems, as well. This post really isn’t about who will win the war, it is about transit geeks using devices to get from point A to point B.
Looking at analytics reports for Rail Life, it is pretty clear that Apple fans ride public transit, or at least have an interest in things along the line. The top 10 operating systems used to search our site have Apple written all over them.
Tens of thousands of visitors search this site via Apple products, but more Android users come here vs. iPhone users. If Apple stays out of the transit game for long, I wonder if the numbers will change.?.?
Apple is obviously very good at creating a cult-like following. Many of their users are hard core transit geeks, for sure. I have to believe they are working on a transit option for the future or some really cool app is being built. But for now, the omission of transit data pretty much blows. Let them know if you’d like that to change.