Two years ago Apple began replacing Google Maps with its own ill-received Apple Maps with the introduction of iOS 6, and now Apple Maps spans many of Apple’s devices and services.
Add one more to that list as Apple begins to implement Apple Maps into its Find My iPhone web app.
Find My iPhone lets users pinpoint their iPhones on a map using an iPad or other device, including web browsers (at iCloud.com) on desktop and laptop computers.
The iOS app already used Apple Maps, and now the web app does as well, at least on the iCloud beta site and according to some users.
A not-so-clean break
Apple still uses Google Maps for its website’s retail store listings, though not much else.
Apple no doubt intended to eradicate Google Maps from its services and devices all along, but the many problems that have plagued Apple Maps have slowed down that process.
By now, though, Apple Maps has improved, and it’s about time Apple started putting more faith in its own service by implementing it everywhere possible.
This development may also tie in to Apple’s Maps team’s September 2013 job listing seeking developers to “design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code for a new secret project” including “an advanced web platform.”
Thanks in part to that job listing it’s been speculated that Apple plans to launch a standalone Apple Maps web app much like Google’s maps.google.com, but so far no real evidence of that has come to light.
Meanwhile we’ve asked Apple to confirm that it’s replacing Google Maps with Apple Maps in Find My iPhone across the board, and we’ll update here if we receive confirmation.
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