MacNN | Apple buys out public transit app maker Embark
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
Apple buys out public transit app maker Embark
Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 5:05pm

Apple has bought out Embark, a developer specializing in well-known public transportation apps for iOS and Android, says journalist Jessica Lessin. The apps supply routes, times, and maps for getting to destinations via train and subway systems. Lessin explains that the Embark team, less than a dozen people, was picked up so that Apple can bring transit directions back into its Maps app for iOS and (soon) OS X.



Apple frustrated a number of iPhone and iPad users last year when iOS 6 shipped with a redesigned version of Maps, stripped of any Google content. That meant the loss not only of transit directions, but also features like Street View, and much of the app's accuracy. A number of landmarks were initially mislabeled or found in the wrong places, in some cases leading people dangerously off-course. To get around some of the missing features, Apple implemented technology through which apps like Embark could be launched automatically when needed. The option forces people out of Maps though, making it inconvenient. Embark was one of the first developers to support the hooks. In July Apple bought out another developer of transit apps, HopStop. That company's data and code might be needed to offer a complete set of alternatives to car directions; aside from transit systems, HopStop can also be used for walking and bicycle routes.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Most Recent Stories:

  • Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's Mavericks, now at 12.8 percent - 9:45 PM EST
  • Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay, NFC systems deliberate - 7:16 PM EST
  • Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life' leasing plan - 4:58 PM EST
  • Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new Cupertino campus - 4:51 PM EST
  • Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB external, more - 4:25 PM EST
  • AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models, buyers complain - 3:52 PM EST
  • Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on who you ask) - 3:46 PM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • MetroPCS adds data plans for tablets, sells Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 - 3:21 PM EST
  • Ransomware found on online advertising networks used by major sites - 11:41 AM EST
  • Sprint increases Family Share Pack range with 1GB plan for $20 - 8:08 AM EST
  • Briefly: More Inbox invitations sent, LG G Watch R rollout details - 7:04 AM EST
  • LG reveals Nuclun octa-core processor, confirms G3 Screen smartphone - 6:32 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.