Apple's 'Find My iPhone' Web Maps for iCloud.com Beta Move from Google to Apple

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    Apple is beginning the transition to move its Maps application online starting with the Find My iPhone web app on its iCloud.com beta website, as noticed by iPhoneBlog.de [Google Translate]. Though the public version of iCloud.com is still pulling data from Google Maps, beta.icloud.com now uses an online version of Apple maps for its location information.

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    Apple has been slowly switching away from Google Maps after using the competing mapping service in the early versions of the iOS. The Cupertino company dropped support for the Google-based mapping solution and introduced Apple Maps as part of iOS 6 in 2012. While iCloud.com still remained tied to Google, iOS apps such as Find My iPhone and Find My Friends also were converted to Apple's mapping data in the same year.

    After a highly-criticized launch, Apple has been making efforts to bolster its mapping data, recently improving its points of interest database as well as notifying users when reported problems had been fixed. Apple was said to be adding indoor mapping and other new features to Apple Maps in iOS 8, but internal politics and the departure of key employees may have delayed those plans.

    Update 10:22 AM: Some users have been seeing the Find My iPhone web app on beta.icloud.com switching back to Google-based maps, so it appears that Apple is continuing to tweak and test things.

    Article Link: Apple's 'Find My iPhone' Web Maps for iCloud.com Beta Move from Google to Apple
     
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    great now find my iPhone wont be able to find my iPhone ;)
     
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    I'd like to see Find my Friends make its way to iCloud.com
     
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    Finally. Next steps:
    - Improve maps
    - Make web maps app
    - Make web API

    And I'll be happy.
     
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    May be a bad idea until maps are working as well as Google. :)
     
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    And since Find My Friends in iOS8 wil mainly be in messages. Let's also take messages into the broweser!
     
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    Exactly. Not a chance I'll know where I devices are now...

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    Or until they work as well as a 20 year old printed map.
     
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    Oh well, that's the end of that potentially useful feature.
     
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    Great, now when I lose my iPhone and try to locate it, it will probable show up in a lake somewhere :eek:
     
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    Sure you will, it'll just always be in the middle of the Australian outback. :D
     
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    Just face it Apple, you can't be the best at everything...Google is the best at Maps :D
     
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    This is cool – I hope they open this up for general web-based maps like Google, and perhaps even a web API.

    On the subject of the quality of Apple Maps, I feel like nobody really complained until the media made a huge stink about it, and the complaining hasn't stopped even as the maps have improved dramatically. And yes, Apple did make some mistakes when Maps first launched, but Google Maps has its share of problems as well and isn't completely accurate. Many times with Google I've been directed to nonexistent places or shown routes that aren't traversable.
     
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    This is good for Apple, all maps that Apple uses should be their own instead of Google's. One wish I have is that we should be able to edit maps in the same way as we can on Waze to allow us to fix local issues.
     
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    Why does Apple feel they have to reinvent the wheel?
     
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    If my iPhone ever ends up in a subdivision that's less than five years old, it will appear to be in the middle of an empty field. Lovely.
     
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    Google is too far ahead. Does Apple have Waze? Skybox? Street View Cars?

    They should spend their efforts on something Google isn't executing well on (like their initiative on iCloud Photos).
     
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    The Find My iPhone app located my iMac after had been stolen. The thief was brought to justice too. Great technology and service from Apple! I'm sure it'll be just fine whatever mapping data they use.
     
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    Yep don't lose it outside of the US for sure.. lol
     
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    And reinvent it without tires or any traction what-so-ever.
     
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    So google invented online maps? Hardly. Mapquest, Microsoft Streets and others predate it. Same with search engines, many predated them. So why does Google feel they have to reinvent the wheel?
     
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    Because Apple doesn't want to share the users' data in order to sell advertising, and Google demands that data. I personally side with Apple on this one. It's none of Google's business where I am unless I specifically ask them to track me.
     
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    So you feel that once something is created, other companies shouldn't make their own version ? Blackberry would probably agree.
     
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    Because what came before is usually a half-assed attempt, but this is a bad time and place to say that because Google Maps are great.
     

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