iPhone Drops Google Maps Transit
Apple’s iPhone OS6 update included dropping Google Maps in favor of Tom Tom GPS.
While the iPhone/Tom Tom maps includes turn by turn GPS, which was long awaited and a significant improvement for driving and road trips, lost is Google Maps’s amazingly useful transit feature which allowed you to route your destination via transit with one button. (pictured left)
I’ve used this heavily at home and while traveling. It allows one to map a destination and with one touch see a range of transit options, and quickly switch between driving, walking, or transit. I will miss its ease of use and convenience. The 2011 post (now a memorial) details its excellence. This is/was the ultimate travel tool for traversing a new city with ease.
The workaround I’ve found is to use Google Maps via the Safari web browser. It’s not as streamlined as it would be integrated with the mapping app, but while clunky it still functions. You can still pinpoint your location, and route via all the given methods.
To make it easier you can also create an icon on your home screen for one touch access. (pictured below)
I supposed the iPhone, like life, is always impermanent…