Redirection of 'maps.apple.com': A hint of what's to come?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by Eddy Munn, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Eddy Munn, Jul 17, 2012
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    Eddy Munn macrumors 6502

    Eddy Munn

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    Just as a curious thought, http://maps.apple.com/ redirects to the iOS 6 preview page for the Maps application.
    Nothing outstanding until you see it's the only iOS feature which will redirect instead of showing an error page.

    There must be a logical reason why this URL exists, and is being redirected.
    This had me thinking as to whether Apple is working on a browser accessible version of their Maps application?
    Why would only one feature of iOS 6 have it's own domain?

    Even more curiously, http://maps.apple.com/uk, or any other extension of that URL redirects to an 'Error 404' page on Google!.
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    I posted this thread in this section because of it's relevancy to iOS 6 maps.
    Please post your thoughts.
     
  2. andybno1 macrumors 68040

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    considering they have their own maps app now it wouldn't really be a surprise if we seen an online version
     
  3. CyBeRino macrumors 6502a

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    maps.apple.com used to redirect to maps.google.com. Why, no one knows.

    Now they've fixed it so that http://maps.apple.com/ redirects to the Mapps app page, but any other url starting with that still redirects to google. So maps.apple.com/blahblah will redirect to maps.google.com/blahblah. Which doesn't exist, so you get google's 404.

    The original redirect is indeed curious, but this appears to just be an oversight.
     
  4. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    Redirects to http://maps.google.com/<...>
    Nothing surprising, anyways.
     
  5. ErikGrim macrumors 68030

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    maps.apple.com is for translating web links to google maps to provide compatibility. Nothing to see here.
     
  6. brylliant macrumors regular

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    I am guessing a full version of the new Maps. Like maps.google.com, but done by Apple ;)
     
  7. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    I think a native Mac app is more likely than a web version. That's just more Apple's style and it could be integrated a lot more, sync'd through iCloud, etc.
     

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