Apple yanks Google Maps from iCloud's 'Find My iPhone'
Find My iPhone on the Web, one of the last Google holdouts in in the Cupertino ecosystem, now uses Apple Maps
Computerworld - Apple has begun replacing Google Maps with its own mapping technology on iCloud.com, specifically in the Web-based "Find My iPhone" device location service.
iCloud.com -- the website where Apple customers can access synched calendars, contacts, email; the iWork suite; and Find My iPhone -- was one of the last locales in Apple's empire that used Google Maps.
Apple pulled Google's mapping technology and baked-in app from iOS in 2012, swapping in its own then-troubled substitute. Later it replaced Google Maps in the iOS Find My iPhone app. And last fall, Apple added an Apple Maps stand-alone application to OS X 10.9, aka Mavericks.
On the iCloud.com beta site, Find My iPhone Web app now uses Apple Maps rather than Google Maps, Computerworld confirmed. 9to5Mac.com noted the change earlier Tuesday. According to other reports, some users of the non-beta version of iCloud.com have also seen the changeover to Apple Maps.
Instructions for using Find My iPhone -- which contrary to the name also locates a user's iPads and Macs -- can be found on Apple's support website.
Analysts have said that Apple parted ways with Google over mapping and turn-by-turn navigation to control its own destiny, realizing it could have been left high and dry if its rival decided to pull Google Maps from the iPhone.
Although Google Maps was forced to take a three-month hiatus from iOS in 2012 when Apple switched to its own technology -- Google needed the time to create a stand-alone app -- it returned to the App Store with a vengeance in December 2012.
Google Maps still holds a large lead in the U.S. over Apple Maps. According to comScore, Google Maps was used by 44.3% of all iOS and Android smartphone owners in May, the latest month for which data was available. Apple Maps' "reach" was only 25.3%. In that same month, 41.9% of all smartphone owners had an iPhone, indicating that not all iPhone users relied exclusively on Apple Maps.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His email address is email@example.com.
- New Yosemite dev preview may herald public beta update later this week
- iPhone 5C's China bust raises questions about Apple's pricing for '14 models
- Mac sales so far in '14 may signal share push
- China scrubs Apple's iPad and MacBooks from government buying list
- Circle the date: Apple's iPhone 6 event slated for Sept. 9
- Stable Mac prices fuel reliable profit engine
- Apple unveils minor bumps to MacBook Pro laptops
- Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K
- Yosemite's traffic share triples after public beta debuts
- Apple hasn't exhausted its supply of Yosemite betas
Read more about Web Apps in Computerworld's Web Apps Topic Center.
- Social Media Education: The New Edge for Success Failure to train for social media will cost your business money. A recent report showed how digitally prepared companies can unlock up to...
- Social Media in Technology: A Unified Strategy for Success Find out how social media is sparking a new era of customer and industry-understanding in technology enterprises and how industry leaders are overcoming...
- How Network Connections Drive Web Application Performance Users around the globe, on all sorts of devices, expect Web applications to function as seamlessly as desktop applications. This paper discusses the...
- Deep Security +VMware vSphere with Operations Management Most midsize organizations are highly virtualized on VMware, and while this has produced significant savings, it also has created new challenges when it...
- Business-driven data protection Setting up data protection infrastructures with your organizations' core mission or business in mind is key. In this webinar, the ARCserve team will...
- On-Demand Webinar: Mind the Gap! Watch the webinar featuring Bob Janssen, CTO and Co-Founder of RES Software, to start building a solid foundation for business and IT to... All Internet White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!