Transit directions in Apple Maps for users in Japan are expected to go live to the public when iOS 10.1 is released, and Apple today has flipped the switch for iOS users running the latest iOS 10.1 beta build. According to local blog Ata Distance, Apple Maps in Japan supports transit data information with the latest iOS 10.1 beta, offering information such as transit times and fares.
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Additionally, the actual mapping has been updated to show train lines and subway lines, as well as new signage. There’s also enhanced indoor mapping for places such as railway stations and subway stops, ensuring that Apple Maps will get you all the way to your designated pickup spot.
The transit interface in Japan is largely similar to that of other areas, showing route estimation times, fares, and more.
Ata Distance notes that there are still some rough areas with transit directions in Japan, but the foundation is there and ready for a release alongside iOS 10.1. For instance, when it comes to indoor mapping, details are a bit unclear with underground locations, passageways, and exit information. Nevertheless, the beginning is present.
Rough spots remain and it appears as if this is a final beta test before next weeks Apple Pay Japan/Japan Transit rollout. Indoor mapping for example, for example, shows the overall underground structures in pink, but multilevel underground detail, passageways and exit information is missing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been touring Japan recently, meeting with Nintendo executives, announcing a new development center, and meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Cook also took the time to try out Apple Pay with JRE’s Yamanote line. Apple Pay is slated to come to Japan with iOS 10.1, alongside the launch of transit directions.
If you’re in Japan and running iOS 10.1, let us know how transit directions work for you. The feature is expected to go live with iOS 10.1, which likely will launch sometime this month.