Developers have been reporting a change in the recent iOS 6 beta 4 with regard to Apple’s Maps app. It would appear that Apple’s in-house mapping system will have the ability to alert its users of nearby road-construction sites.
According to one developer, this new found functionality in iOS 6 will work as the following:
Now, whenever there is construction ahead, or near you, you’ll see a Roadwork sign. Clicking on this will give you more information on the work being done, including the project’s start date, and description. In addition to that, the Maps app includes a new zoom feature. Using it, drivers can see street names fading in and out.
A familiar feature in competing GPS apps, iPhone users are sure to be excited by this new feature, as it would allow them to avoid annoying construction-related traffic jams. Along with offering tips on avoiding routes that are under construction, Maps would offer alternative routes to help drivers get to their destinations much faster than before.
Because this feature remains hidden in the iOS beta, it remains unclear if Apple has any current plans on adding it in the final iOS 6 release. We’ll find out when iOS 6 is released alongside the new iPhone this fall.