Improving built-in apps
Maps finally includes mass transit directions. What took so long?
In order to make mass transit directions in Maps as accurate as possible, Apple surveyed individual public transportation stations to compile its own transit data. Apple says the data is so precisely mapped that it can help you figure out the best public transportation route right down to which entrance to use to enter a subway station. Transferring trains at huge stations like Times Square in New York City will be easier than ever since the transit directions will tell you which way to walk to catch your next train,
Can I use Maps's new transit directions in Columbus, Ohio?
No, not yet. Maps's transit directions are only available in the following U.S. cities: Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Internationally, Maps will bring public transit directions to Mexico City, London, Berlin, and Toronto, as well as 300 cities in China.
Anything else new with Maps?
In iOS 9, Maps also incorporates a Nearby feature that showcases more information from local businesses, including whether they accept Apple Pay.
Did any other Apple apps get a big improvement?
Note-taking apps may not be the flashiest, but iOS 9 gives Notes enough bells and whistles to compete against Evernote and Microsoft's OneNote. In Notes, you can now use your finger to sketch. You can also take a photo without having to leave the app to make your Notes more visual. In addition, URLs and maps show up as graphical links. Notes can also turn any list into an interactive to-do checklist, giving you the ability to cross off different items one by one. Lastly, Notes is now a destination in iOS 9's Share sheets so you can compile webpages from Safari, directions from Maps, or attachments from another app right into your Notes.
What's happening to the Passbook app?
In iOS 9, Passbook gets replaced with a brand-new Wallet app. You will still be able to store your Starbucks card, concert tickets and boarding passes in your Wallet, just like you could store them in Passbook.
So then why change the name to Wallet?
Wallet is also the home of Apple Pay. You will also be able to store credit cards and rewards cards from various retailers in your Wallet, including Kohl's, Walgreen's and JC Penney.
Are all major payment services now onboard with Apple Pay?
Yes! In addition to supporting transactions conducted by Visa, MasterCard and American Express, Apple Pay will add Discover cards this fall.
How many businesses accept Apple Pay in the U.S.?
According to Apple, next month over 1 million locations will accept Apple Pay. The number is expected to continue to increase as Square prepares a new mobile payment reader that will be equipped to take Apple Pay transactions.
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