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


    Feb 28, 2009
    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

    Aug 15, 2005
    It's not resolving like that. The web site is redirecting.

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


    Jul 24, 2002
    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


    Feb 28, 2009
    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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