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Google Maps disappears from Find My iPhone web app

updated 11:53 am EDT, Tue July 8, 2014

Transition still ongoing

Apple is quietly swapping out Google Maps data in the Find My iPhone web app for its own Maps content, users note. While the change isn't complete -- some locations, such as Austin, are still using Google data -- at least some now cite "Data from TomTom, others" instead. iCloud.com is one of the last vestiges of Google Maps in Apple products, the other being listings for Apple Stores.

In September 2013, Apple began hiring for an "advanced web platform" that some speculated might be a standalone web version of its Maps app. It's unknown if the company is actually working on that project, or just trying to slice Google out of existing offerings. Google Maps content vanished from iOS with iOS 6, creating controversy because of problems like bad directions and labeling, poor 3D graphics, and absent public transit directions. Apple has worked to fix the first two, but so far even the iOS 8 beta lacks public transit options.




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  1. davoud

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-14-05

    "iCloud.com is one of the last vestiges of Google Maps in Apple products, the other being listings for Apple Stores."

    Of course Apple has to use Google Maps for its store locations. Apple Maps are so poor that many people would be unable to find their stores with Apple Maps.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 11-15-06

    Apple Maps can't find Apple Store. OMG. That mess up. I don't mind Apple Maps listing Microsoft Store under the water.

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