Apple has made real-time transit directions and data available in Apple Maps for Hong Kong. Users can now search for metro train stations, bus routes and ferry piers, and get real-time transit information. The only feature missing appears to be indoor station mapping.
As pointed out by tech blog Ata Distance, Apple Maps uses two different map data sources for Hong Kong – AutoNavi map data for mainland SIM iPhones, and another one for non-mainland SIM iPhones. This means transit directions are available to Chinese visitors but not to residents of Hong Kong.
In addition to the new Apple Maps feature, Apple Pay Octopus officially launched today in Hong Kong. A silent rollout took place on Monday.
Apple Pay Octopus allows users to hold the top of their iPhone or Apple Watch near an Octopus reader to pay, with no need to unlock the device or open the app. Octopus can still be used even if the device shuts down due to a low battery.
Apple Octopus Pay is compatible with iPhone 8 and later devices updated to iOS 13.5, and Apple Watch Series 3 and later running watchOS 6.2.5.