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With the introduction of iOS 8.3 on Apple's mobile devices yesterday, business owners now have the opportunity to claim a point of interest in Apple Maps as their own, thanks to a few additions to the Report a Problem prompt that can be found on each point of interest in Maps (via AppleMapsMarketing).

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Located at the bottommost section of a business' Map page, the Report a Problem button leads business owners to another section that, along with basic troubleshooting, allows them to claim their business for their own. Following a redirection to Apple Maps Connect and a series of questions, Apple reviews the user's answers to confirm ownership, eventually allowing business owners control over their Map's point of interest and letting them "manage its information."

Apple has been giving Maps heavy attention lately, in attempts to steer away from the initial backlash against the app, with the company allowing TripAdvisor and Booking.com reviews to join the service alongside the long-instated Yelp reviews. Apple even introduced a small but noteworthy feature back in February when it began animating popular landmarks within the Maps app itself. Aside from Maps' new features, iOS 8.3 brought about a bunch of new bug fixes and updates, from small tweaks to Passbook and Photos to the introduction of entirely new emojis.

Article Link: iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings
 

lazyrighteye

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This seems pretty rad. At least on paper. Curious to see how this plays out. And interesting move. If not smart.
Power to the people?
 
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robjulo

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Can I do something as basic as scrolling the map while navigating yet?
 
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lincolntran

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Can I do something as basic as scrolling the map while navigating yet?

While Apple focuses on working out your needs, you can focus on driving instead of looking at the phone and scrolling around in it.
 
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69Mustang

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Great idea, not so great execution

I think the idea is pretty sweet. Why bury the functionality in a counter-intuitive place like Report a Problem? :confused:

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While Apple focuses on working out your needs, you can focus on driving instead of looking at the phone and scrolling around in it.

That person could be walking. Or on public trans trying to gauge next part of route. Could be a passenger in a car. Could be parked. The question was legitimate. Your answer was not.
 
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SavMBP15

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Rats, seems they will not let me claim ownership of either Apple or Microsoft. My plot is foiled again.
 
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SCCoast

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This data will be an important database. Small business information is difficult to acquire particularly with owners names and email addresses. Some of the most complete data currently available is from Acxion and is based on an annual scan of the White Pages as archaic as this sounds. Based on the quantity of new openings and closing shift between phone books, the data filled with errors and omissions.
 
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iAshley

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Feb 22, 2011
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I wish when you click the Yelp reviews is opens in app rather than leaving the app and opening Yelp. Maps only shows a few lines, I want to see the whole review in Maps.
 
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macfacts

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Apple is still playing catch up. This has been part of google maps for years. Google mails a postcard with a pin for you to claim ownership of a business POI.
 
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iAshley

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What would be really handy, rather than updating the data on maps is if Apple created a central webpage for my businesses details.

I would only have to update that site with opening hours, phone numbers, location etc. And other sites like Apple Maps, my own website etc. can access that data.

Rather than me having to enter it into apple maps, onto our website on to google etc. As long as they left it open for anyone I give permission to, to access the data (including Google, I think they'd get more data than relying on people to update Maps specfically.
 
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How are disputes handled, I wonder. I can imagine someone claiming a business only to have someone else say it's theirs. Probably not something that will happen a lot, but I bet it will enough to warrant a process being in place.
 
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iMerik

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What would be really handy, rather than updating the data on maps is if Apple created a central webpage for my businesses details.

I would only have to update that site with opening hours, phone numbers, location etc. And other sites like Apple Maps, my own website etc. can access that data.

Rather than me having to enter it into apple maps, onto our website on to google etc. As long as they left it open for anyone I give permission to, to access the data (including Google, I think they'd get more data than relying on people to update Maps specfically.
Took me here: https://mapsconnect.apple.com/

Worked pretty slick. Had done this with Google Maps ages ago.
 
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MacFan23

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Apple is still playing catch up. This has been part of google maps for years. Google mails a postcard with a pin for you to claim ownership of a business POI.

Did this really need to be said?
Apple Maps is barely reaching 3 years old.
 
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Youngy

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Weird 'claim this business' doesnt show up for me in iOS 8.3 (in UK) but mapsconnect web works.
 
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