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

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...
 

belvdr

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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.
 

robbieduncan

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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
 

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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