Look for Embark in NYC, Washington DC, Boston, London, Chicago, San Francisco. Embark will work underground and has results tailored to each city instead of the very general results you tend to get from Google Transit.
Try getting from Pz. Belli in Trastevere to Villa d'Este in Tivoli in time for the 8:30 PM light show. Then try to get back when the train isn't running. Both trips involve an area bus or train, as well as local metro, bus, and tram. The downtown map comes with four brands' routes.
In Rome even Google isn't grasping this, but same is true of NYC, getting into the city, or heading from Newark to Queens, or Stamford to JFK and LGA.
However, they are free, free from ads and work really well. I especially like the way they tell you the direction of the train you're going to get.
Thanks for the feedback. Generally people have been very happy with our apps, but we pay close attention if people have problems. We have a number of changes in store for London based on our user feedback. I'd really like to discuss these details with you sometime if you get a chance.
PS, it's definitely the default zoom level. That and the Bookmarks would benefit as being Stars as they are more akin to Favorites. Took me a while to figure that. But again, I can't speak for everyone of course.
The latest doesn't always mean the greatest.
It is unfortunate that the maps application is a step backward in some regards but I've been bracing myself for this since I first heard they were working on their own map app.
I don't live in a city where I rely on transit directions so that didn't effect me a lot but I can see how it would be frustrating to people who do. However, because I mostly drive everywhere the turn-by-turn directions is a huge addition for me. So, I'm not entirely disappointed in the new map app.
As much as we may make fun of "fanbois", it's incredible the amount of loyalty, trust, and goodwill Apple has managed to generate for themselves.
Not every new iPhone or iOS version was a win in every respect over its predecessor, but this is the first time Apple has royally hosed its customers.
Maps is a huge part of the reason why I bought an iPhone in the first place. I would literally rather give up the ability to use it as a telephone than give up the ability to use it for navigation.
Certainly psychiatrists have a name for this by now? (I have never seen this level of loyalty anywhere else: Rock Stars, World Leaders or Religious heads..)
Its almost like some drug is leaking into their bodies from their iDevices which rest of us are not privy to.
Absolutely ― Cult of Mac, by Leander Kahney.
I am a massive Pixar fan. I think almost everything they touch turns to gold and I haven't seen a Pixar movie that I dont' like (to be fair, the last new release I saw was Toy Story 3). When I saw the ad for WALL-E, I thought it sounded like a stupid idea for a movie, but I still forked out the $10 to go see it at the cinema. This decision was purely on their past record, nothing to do with my perception of WALL-E. Sure enough, I loved it.
Perhaps this is a similar way Apple fans make decisions.
Now if only you could change the default handler for addresses to route to other mapping/direction programs. Once we get that, this teapot tempest will die out.
Carriers already push iPhone alternatives for all sorts of reasons. It doesn't matter how good the third-party transit apps are. Not having transit routing built in is an "instant demo" for any carrier sales rep trying to push an Android or Windows Phone. And, last I heard, Apple sells far more iPhones through carriers that they sell directly...
EDIT: Looks like my co-founder David beat me to the punch
Also do you have real-time updates on arrival times with SF Muni? Google Transit does not.
Currently we don't have an app for muni, though it's something we're working towards. There are some nice apps for Muni that have real-time arrivals but lack routing. Transporter & Routsey are probably the two best.
Anyway, I was hoping to be able to plug in something like Routesy to iOS 6 maps, and then I'd be a happy camper.
Disclaimer, I work at Embark and we make transit apps. (letsembark.com)
Edit: it also doesn't help that Muni often doesn't run on schedule.
So iCommuteSF might very well be doable, but you can't use that everywhere like you can Google Maps with GTFS.
Also, I didn't realize that embark also does routing, which is more than iCommuteSF and Routesy do.
In other words, although I'm certain the transit apps could stand to improve, I don't think even Muni has accurate data.
The only app that has done me right is Transporter, and I'm pretty sure it scrapes Nextbus or some other service for time predictions.
Scheduled times are coming from GTFS feeds that agencies register with Google. As far as I know, Google didn't create a unified live transit predictions/tracking API, which seems to me a rather surprising oversight.
On the other hand, if there's anyone that could speed up receiving, processing, and retrieving lots of rapidly changing data, it might be Google.
Note: Maps integration coming soon for our iPhone app. Our iPad app is already working fine with Maps.
IOS is a complement, which Google is trying to make a commodity through Android (and Chrome, its involvment is Google Fiber as well as its monetary donations to Firefox).
Google has no issue with IOS having access to excellent apps. They just don't want them to get a monopoly position.
Oh, and I'll happily pay for the app... Somewhere between $0 and $5 seems about right.
Here in Boston it seems to think that I am not near any transit, but it does happily use the transit near my house to route me on different trips. I like the landmark-based turn-by-turn navigation -- I hope that's something that becomes more useful as time goes on.
In order to run it on your iPhone, you'll have to pay Apple $100 per year. Or find somebody who is already in Apple Developer program, ask him to add your iPhone ID.