Will there be a maps.apple.com? It resolves to maps.google.com now...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by smithrh, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. smithrh macrumors 68020

    smithrh

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    Title says it all: wondering if Apple maps will extend past iOS and be accessible via the web.

    Just for grins, I tried the URL maps.apple.com and it resolves (on all devices and browsers) to maps.google.com.

    Not sure if that's new or old behavior...
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    It's not resolving like that. The web site is redirecting.

    Code:
    nslookup maps.apple.com
    
    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name:    gsps28.isg-apple.com.akadns.net
    Address:  17.174.2.104
    Aliases:  maps.apple.com
              gsps28.ls.apple.com
    I guess it is possible.
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Only with some work: Apple are using vectors for the maps (satellite imagery excluded) so it would take some effort to get those viewing correctly in a web browser
     
  4. smithrh, Jun 12, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2012

    smithrh thread starter macrumors 68020

    smithrh

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    Yeah, I should have edited "resolves" to "points to" but I'm lazy today... :D

    WRT vectors v. raster: I could envision Apple rasterizing tiles much like how Google and everyone else serves up maps today. Or, possibly there could be an app for Mac OS/Windows?

    Just thinking out loud. It's certainly not something that screams out to exist, but it would be a bit odd - to me, anyways - to have to revert back to Google when on the desktop...
     

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