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Commute, the new application to go on public transport that has been patented by Apple

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When I ask why people still prefer Google maps to Apple maps, the same thing always comes up: public transport directions. This is perhaps the biggest lack Apple suffers from right now, and its developers are on their way to solve it with a new application called Commute that has appeared in a patent .

Commute, the new application to go on public transport that has been patented by Apple
Commute, the new application to go on public transport that has been patented by Apple

In the schematics of that patent we can see how Commute would be able to download the public transport data of the cities and show routes of a trip we have to make, along with the schedules of some metro or train lines. Broadly speaking, we would be talking about a CityMapper made by Apple itself.

The application would be able to give warnings or receive spoken instructions, making it very easy to guess some interaction with Siri or even with the Apple Watch. Receiving instructions to change trains from the clock would be very convenient, don’t you think?

However, Apple still has enough unfinished business on its own maps to launch a transport application that depends on them. I also wonder if all these functions could not be directly integrated into Maps , although perhaps what you are looking for is a convenience that cannot be achieved in that way. Maybe we will see it in iOS 9? It’s all about waiting.

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