iOS MapKit connect multiple points on map over roads

I’m using this code to connect pins(points on map) with polyline:

CLLocationCoordinate2D coordinates[allLocations.count];
    int i = 0;
    for (locHolder *location in allLocations) {
        coordinates[i] = CLLocationCoordinate2DMake([ floatValue], [location floatValue]);
    MKPolyline *polyline = [MKPolyline polylineWithCoordinates:coordinates count:[allLocations count]];
    self->polyline = polyline;
    [self.mapView addOverlay:self->polyline level:MKOverlayLevelAboveRoads];

But this code connects them over-the-air(ignoring roads), is it possible to connect multiple CLLocationCoordinate2D locations with polyline that follows roads?

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    In these days I’ve came across with the same problem, and looking for answers here and there, I found this answer from Rob very useful for this case.

    First, supose you have in your MapViewController, an array of objects containing an origin an a destination, each one being of type CLLocationCoordinate2D

    In your MapViewController.h

    @property (nonatomic, strong) NSArray *locations;

    Then, in the implementation, populate that array with some data that goes like this:

    _locations = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:
        [RouteObject routeWithOrigin:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.595571, -46.684408) destination:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.597886, -46.673950)],
        [RouteObject routeWithOrigin:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.597886, -46.673950) destination:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.597591, -46.666805)],
        [RouteObject routeWithOrigin:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.597591, -46.666805) destination:CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(-23.604061, -46.662728)], nil];

    Now that you have your array of origin and destinations, you can start drawing a route between them (from A to B, from B to C and from C to D).

    Add a button and then connect an IBAction so in that method you are going to do de magic.

    - (IBAction)btnDirectionsPressed:(id)sender {
        [self enableUI:NO];    // This method enables or disables all the UI elements that interact with the user
        dispatch_semaphore_t semaphore = dispatch_semaphore_create(0);     // Create the semaphore    
        __block NSMutableArray *routes = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];         // Arrays to store MKRoute objects and MKAnnotationPoint objects, so then we can draw them on the map
        __block NSMutableArray *annotations = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_BACKGROUND, 0), ^{
            for (RouteObject *routeObject in _locations) {
                MKDirectionsRequest *directionsRequest = [MKDirectionsRequest new];
                [directionsRequest setTransportType:MKDirectionsTransportTypeAutomobile];
                [directionsRequest setSource:[routeObject originMapItem]];
                [directionsRequest setDestination:[routeObject destinationMapItem]];
                [directionsRequest setRequestsAlternateRoutes:NO];
                MKDirections *direction = [[MKDirections alloc] initWithRequest:directionsRequest];
                // For each object in the locations array, we request that route from its origin and its destination
                [direction calculateDirectionsWithCompletionHandler: ^(MKDirectionsResponse *response, NSError *error) {   
                    if (error) {
                        NSLog(@"There was an error getting your directions");
                    MKRoute *route = [response.routes firstObject];   
                    [routes addObject:route];
                    [annotations addObject:[routeObject destinationAnnotation]];
                    dispatch_semaphore_signal(semaphore);    // Send the signal that one semaphore is ready to consume
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_BACKGROUND, 0), ^{
            for (int i = 0; i < _locations.count; i++) {
                dispatch_semaphore_wait(semaphore, DISPATCH_TIME_FOREVER);    // Wait until one semaphore is ready to consume
                dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{    // For each element, dispatch to the main queue to draw route and annotation corresponding to that location
                    MKRoute *route = routes[i];
                    [self.mapView addOverlay:route.polyline];
                    [self.mapView addAnnotation:annotations[i]];
            dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{   // Finally, dispatch to the main queue enabling elements and resizing map to show all the annotations
                [self enableUI:YES];
                [self fitRegionToRoutes];

    Hope this help!