Why no Apple Maps website

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by tibi08, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. tibi08 macrumors 6502a

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    I understand that Apple Maps is an iOS feature... but what is the reasoning behind not also making it available through the web? It is to avoid embarrassment?

    I mean, even TomTom have web access to their maps, and they have more reason than anybody to limit access to their hardware products.
     
  2. MBPnoob macrumors regular

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    I would say it is because we are in a "post-PC" era... in fact, I would say Apple would like to see us in a "post-WEB PAGE" era, where everything is tied to an app, even on OSX.
     
  3. 8a22a macrumors 6502a

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    Might just be because Apple maps doesn't go public until today. I'm sure the web version of Find My iPhone will switch to Apple maps soon enough.
     
  4. MVallee macrumors 6502a

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    It would be nice to at least have an Apple Maps app in the Mac app store.
     
  5. clukas macrumors 6502a

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    agree, that would be great
     
  6. theautopilot macrumors 6502a

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    Well Apple are just licensing the maps from other people, that agreement is very likely to be specific in its use and would probably not allow them too. Not sure who Apple would want too anyway as I highly doubt the cost/benifit would be there even if they did. And also, as pointed out above, Apple prefer to keep everything within their own eco system - Apple services are for Apple products.
     
  7. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    True, but would be best to illustrate how good Apple products are than allowing users of, let's say, Windows to access the google maps from any internet browser and see a feature like "send to my iPhone" but they don't have an iPhone. BUMMER! "Maybe I should buy one because this looks awesome!?"
     
  8. baller1308 macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't say Apple would be embarassed. I think the reasoning would be that most people would just use Google Maps online anyways so why bother spending the resources to provide a solution online.
     
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Then you'd have to support tons of configurations instead of tweaking the software to run best on the hardware you've developed the entire time with this usage in mind.
     
  10. walie macrumors 6502a

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    and somehow both microsoft and google managed to pull this off. Maybe apple can ask them how they did it.
     
  11. 8a22a macrumors 6502a

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    I would use instead of Google maps, I've switched to Bing maps on the web now.

    I use anything Google as little as possible now.
     
  12. Jord5i macrumors member

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    Well one could argue not making it a webservice is because they want to keep it in the apple ecosystem. What's the reason for not making an osx app for it?

    I would really like to use it on my mac.



    But this could very well be a feature in the next osx update... So let's just wait for WWDC 2013 xd
     
  13. Prototypical macrumors 6502

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    :cool:

    De-Googling one's life is strangely liberating. I'm nearing the point of shutting down my last email account and going full iCloud + SkyDrive / MS.
     
  14. Bechmann macrumors member

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    Why is it liberating?

    I love Apple, but still find Googles products incredibly usefull.
     
  15. negro napoleon macrumors member

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    This is what will hurt their maps product.

    Part of what helps Google is that businesses can update their OWN listings online.
     
  16. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Apple gets there business listings through Yelp. Yelp allow businesses to update their OWN listings online.
     
  17. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Not saying one is better than the other, but.... going from being a google-oid to an apple-oid is liberating?
     
  18. Prototypical macrumors 6502

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    I got sick of all of the advertisements and over-done interface of Gmail, along with the constant Google+ harassment. Nobody I know uses it, and the last thing I need is another social network to keep track of. It's also nice to have email (via iCloud) that is simply email, not dozens of piggy-back functions I never use, paid for by ads I never click on.

    I appreciate the simplicity of Apple, and really like where Microsoft / Bing / WP8 is headed.

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    I'm not becoming an apple-oid (use iCloud for email/contacts/photos, Outlook for backup email, Bing for search/maps, etc) but it's refreshing to try something different for search and email. I've been on Gmail since 2005, and "Google it" is a normal part of daily speech. A lot of people join Gmail because everyone else they know has it. It's fun to get out and try what the other guys are doing; I can always go back to Google if I don't like what I see (not likely).
     
  19. Eye4Desyn macrumors 6502

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    I see it more as an additional app in the suite of iCloud products, but :apple: could make it public to fight directly with Google and Bing.
     
  20. The Phazer macrumors 68030

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    But they have little incentive to compared to Google Maps.

    Google Maps business listings are neccessary for businesses because they need to show up in Google as a search engine.

    Yelp is virtually unheard of outside of the US.

    Ultimately the problem with no web version of maps is going to be that non-iOS users won't be able to email links around that they know will work on any device any more. Or they will, but they won't open in the iPhone's native maps app.

    It's a lose-lose for users, either way.
     
  21. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Point taken. But 400 million iOS users is more than a "little incentive". :)
     
  22. theautopilot macrumors 6502a

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    I take it back, maybe they are embarrassed. Updated today and I can't believe how bad the 'new' maps are. Satalite is a joke.

    I think you misunderstood his post. There is little incentive for a web version, regardless of iOS users.
     
  23. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Nope, we were talking about the incentive for business to update their own information through Yelp to improve the business listings on Apple Maps.
     

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