Apple Maps is a Brit’s best travel buddy with new update

Apple has added information about public transport across the UK to Apple Maps in a new update.

The update, which rolls out to users across Britain today, will add Apple’s ‘Transit’ info for Great Britain. Transit features were first added with iOS 9, although they weren’t available in the UK immediately. Since launch, Transit info has been rolling out across more cities, including London, to a total of 38 now – including China, and the whole of Japan and Great Britain.

So what does Transit actually do? Well its main function is to add schedules for metropolitan transit systems, making it easier to plan your journeys. But there are other features too, including ‘Entrances and Exits’, which will give you information on how accessible an entry point is, including whether it has stairs, an escalator, or elevator.

To acquire all this information, Apple has worked with over 400 transit agencies globally, surveying more than 50,000 station entrances across the world.

Maps also offers information on trains, subways, buses, ferries, and walking, and can combine these for a quick route – just like Citymapper, which will be very familiar to Londoners. And if you’re running iOS 9 or iOS 10 on an iPhone, you’ll be able to see ‘Nearby’ points of interest, including delivery options for local food, drinks, and shopping.

You can get Transit information in the following locations: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Kansas City, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Rio de Janeiro, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Sydney, Toronto, Washington D.C., plus information on 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai, as well as the entirety of Japan and the UK.

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