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Sharing a link from Apple's new Maps application in iOS 6 automatically forwards Mac and PC users to Google Maps, but the origin URL of "maps.apple.com" hints that Apple Maps could come to non-iOS devices in the future and compete with Google Maps on a wider scale.

By using the URL maps.apple.com when sharing a location from iOS 6 Maps, Apple can automatically launch the native Maps application for other iOS 6 users. But for those on another device, like a Mac or Windows PC, maps.apple.com is currently inaccessible.

Instead, for those on traditional computers, links beginning with maps.apple.com automatically forward to maps.google.com. In fact, this works even with broken links: Visiting "maps.apple.com/test" automatically forwards to "maps.google.com/test".

Within the Maps application, locations can be shared via e-mail, text message, Twitter or Facebook. Opening a link on an iOS 6 device launches Apple Maps, while accessing the link on a non-iOS device redirects from maps.apple.com to maps.google.com.

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For now, there are no Apple Maps on the Web that can be accessed by a browser. But considering Apple is already using the URL maps.apple.com, it could be as simple as flipping a switch for the company to begin offering its own browser-based competitor to Google Maps.

Apple previously made a similar adjustment in 2009 when it launched the browser-based iTunes Preview. Links to some content in the iTunes Store previously forced users to launch the iTunes application, but with iTunes Preview, the content can be viewed right within a browser.

iTunes Preview was enhanced again in 2010 to include iOS App Store content, while song samples were also made available to stream from within any Web browser. Links to the iTunes Store begin with the URL "itunes.apple.com".

While links with anything after the root maps.apple.com currently forward to maps.google.com, simply entering maps.apple.com into a browser redirects users to apple.com/ios/maps, which highlights features of the new Maps application in iOS 6.
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Ah, I wondered about this. It only makes sense, really. Look up a location on my Mac, grab the iphone and open iCloud tabs with the option to route via the Maps App. Or maybe they'll have a "Send to my iPhone" option, somehow.
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Right- I'm sure PC users are clamoring for Apple Maps.
Nice of Apple to offer it though.
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"Who would want these useless maps on their computer, too?!" lol.gif

 

Dang it, the troll beat me to it.

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post #5 of 66
Good. Apple maps are only going to get better. The more Apple can compete in Googles areas the better.
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"Apple should make their maps better before competing with Google Maps."

So... Sort of like they are doing now?

maps.apple.com isn't accessible, so they aren't competing with Google Maps yet, and likely waiting until they have a more complete solution before flipping the switch.
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Right- I'm sure PC users are clamoring for Apple Maps.
Nice of Apple to offer it though.


It's for all those trillions of PC users who are insanely jealous of Apple products but are too cheap to actually buy them. Apple wants to give them a chance to experience great products, even if they're too poor to afford one.
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"But I thought that was in Italy? We are in Washington, D.C. "

 

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"Daddy, what is that tower called?"

 

"Hold on let me check my iPhone... it's called the leaning Tower of Piza."

 

"But I thought that was in Italy? We are in Washington, D.C. "

 

"..."
 

 

Ok, while I disagree with the characterization of Apple Maps - I had to laugh at that one. :-)

 

Works awesome for me, I used it a few times this weekend on routes I've never taken before.  It worked like a charm.

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Sorry but I don't see the train of thought here. You share to someone that is not using an iOS device and it sends you to a site that then translates and forwards you to some other service. How does that equal that Apple will ever make a web based service? Huge leaps of thought going there.

Contrary to some folks outlandish ideas, Apple is not trying to rule all things. They aren't trying to provide the best experience for everyone everywhere using anything. They are trying to provide the best experience to those that use their things. Period. If it happens to also be of benefit to someone that has no Apple hardware or software that's just icing. But the cake is their hardware and their software.
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post
It's for all those trillions of PC users who are insanely jealous of Apple products but are too cheap to actually buy them. Apple wants to give them a chance to experience great products, even if they're too poor to afford one.


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"Pisa"
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Right- I'm sure PC users are clamoring for Apple Maps.
Nice of Apple to offer it though.

Why not? There's millions of iPhone owners that use PC.
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This has been known since beta 1 of iOS 6. I would have thought this had been discussed substantially by now. I've certainly mentioned more times than I can remember.

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"Who would want these useless maps on their computer, too?!" lol.gif

Dang it, the troll beat me to it.

Every forum website needs a troll or two.
Otherwise we'd just get bored- right? lol.gif
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It's for all those trillions of PC users who are insanely jealous of Apple products but are too cheap to actually buy them. Apple wants to give them a chance to experience great products, even if they're too poor to afford one.

In some ways you're right but I think a great many people won't spend a lot for a computer when all they're going to use it for is email, Facebook, twitter, and browsing the net.
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Originally Posted by iSheldon View Post
Every forum website needs a troll or two.
Otherwise we'd just get bored- right? lol.gif

 

We have around thirty. None of them are needed.

 

Also, should that be taken as an admission of guilt?

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post #19 of 66

I've pointed this out a while ago. No surprise to me.

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post #20 of 66

Clearly.

 
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Google started outbreak of hostilities towards Apple, that was until then a reliable partner. They deserve countermeasures ....

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Apple has not only dropped Google like a bad habit, they're bringing the heat to other platforms. Very nice. 

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Every forum website needs a troll or two.
Otherwise we'd just get bored- right? lol.gif

Not funny. You had around 17 useless and distracting posts in the thread about the NY Times and Apple doomsaying, a topic that was infinitely more interesting than your puerile interruptions. That thread ran to over 400, and you contributed alot to the litter and trash.

Your ilk is the reason that progress is so difficult in this era of senseless discord. Get out of the way.
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Good. Apple maps are only going to get better. The more Apple can compete in Googles areas the better.

The only way to compete with Google is to become a full fledged search engine, which I hope Apple never does because that path leads to entanglement in the sleazy world of advertising. That is a pitfall that Apple really needs to be careful of. Maps and business locations is a slippery slope. You want to have a comprehensive business listing so you allow businesses to list themselves on the map, then you allow users to post reviews of said businesses and the next thing you know you are in the advertising business.

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The only way to compete with Google is to become a full fledged search engine, which I hope Apple never does because that path leads to entanglement in the sleazy world of advertising. That is a pitfall that Apple really needs to be careful of. Maps and business locations is a slippery slope. You want to have a comprehensive business listing so you allow businesses to list themselves on the map, then you allow users to post reviews of said businesses and the next thing you know you are in the advertising business.

 

Hopefully, Apple will continue to partner with Yelp on business listings and leave search to Google. I agree, don't spread yourself too thin, Apple isn't a search company.Play to your strengths, you can't be everything.

 

Having said that, Google isn't a great partner, so I applaud them for finding alternatives.

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…become a full fledged search engine, which I hope Apple never does because that path leads to entanglement in the sleazy world of advertising. That is a pitfall that Apple really needs to be careful of.

 

Agreed.

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post #29 of 66

Meanwhile, on topic...

 

As the mapping improves, I think it will get some converts - I quite like the look of the Apple maps (sure I am biased) and would use it in a browser when it's more mature. For now, I still use Google Maps.
 

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Sorry but I don't see the train of thought here. You share to someone that is not using an iOS device and it sends you to a site that then translates and forwards you to some other service. How does that equal that Apple will ever make a web based service? Huge leaps of thought going there.
Contrary to some folks outlandish ideas, Apple is not trying to rule all things. They aren't trying to provide the best experience for everyone everywhere using anything. They are trying to provide the best experience to those that use their things. Period. If it happens to also be of benefit to someone that has no Apple hardware or software that's just icing. But the cake is their hardware and their software.

 

Right, trying to make sure sharing a location works even if you aren't on iOS, forwarding non-iOS clients to another service, is hardly evidence that Apple will eventually start serving them Maps directly. This is simply a no-brainer way to make sure that sharing works and not evidence of anything beyond that. One might as well claim that it "could mean" Apple is in negotiations to buy Google.

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"Daddy, what is that tower called?"

 

"Hold on let me check my iPhone... it's called the leaning Tower of Piza."

 

"But I thought that was in Italy? We are in Washington, D.C. "

 

"..."
 

Hey fandroid genius, first of all, it's called Pisa, not Piza.

 

And second of all, it shows up just fine and accurate in Apple Maps.

 

Apple maps is not recommended for use by fandroids, retards and others with mental disabilities.

 

 

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The only way to compete with Google is to become a full fledged search engine...

 

Not so many years ago, everyone said that the only way Apple could compete with Microsoft was to license Mac OS. They were clearly wrong. The way to "compete with" Google, if that's what you want to do, is to make traditional search, and thus Google, obsolete.

post #33 of 66

This makes sense and will greatly help Apple because it is simply easier to "annotate" on a computer larger than a phone.

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Right- I'm sure PC users are clamoring for Apple Maps.
Nice of Apple to offer it though.


Right... it's not like they would appreciate having choice right?  I mean, I thought competition was good for the consumer right???

Oh wait, that's only good when it's Android/Google related...  /s

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"Pisa"

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In some ways you're right but I think a great many people won't spend a lot for a computer when all they're going to use it for is email, Facebook, twitter, and browsing the net.

Well then, that explains the high sales of the iPad.

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We have around thirty. None of them are needed.

Also, should that be taken as an admission of guilt?

No sir.
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This makes perfect sense. Can't people see the potential benefits and why Apple will surely do this one day? The maps will be connected to your iCloud account.

- syncs bookmarks
- syncs recent search histories
- syncs recent routes

ETC. I'm sure Apple can come up with even more useful syncing options. Just messing with flyover on a big screen would be amazing.
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"Daddy, what is that tower called?"

 

"Hold on let me check my iPhone... it's called the leaning Tower of Piza."

 

"But I thought that was in Italy? We are in Washington, D.C. "

 

"..."
 

 

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Not funny. You had around 17 useless and distracting posts in the thread about the NY Times and Apple doomsaying, a topic that was infinitely more interesting than your puerile interruptions. That thread ran to over 400, and you contributed alot to the litter and trash.
Your ilk is the reason that progress is so difficult in this era of senseless discord. Get out of the way.

"Senseless discord"? HA!
Not only did NYT write about it but Tim Cook apologized for it and Apple retracted its very own advertising claims. Sorry- not even you can't right an Apple wrong.
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