Google Maps in ‘Find my iPhone’? Apple Says NO, Thank You
There’s an ongoing rivalry between Apple and Google, and we know that the Cupertino giant has always searched for ways so that it wouldn’t have to depend on Google’s services.
According to a fresh report by German-language iPhoneBlog.de publication, it seems that Google Maps have been replaced Apple Maps on the web in a new Find My iPhone beta, which was released yesterday alongside iOS 8 Beta 3 and the third OS X Yosemite Developer Preview.
The native iOS app stopped using Google Maps in 2012, and now it seems that the same thing is happening to a beta version of the iCloud.com interface, available to Apple’s registered developers at beta.icloud.com.
Maps in Find My iPhone on the web are now being labeled with the “Data from TomTom, others” notice which links to the full list of Maps data providers. However, the public edition continues to use Google Maps, but once iOS 8 gets released this fall, this is most likely going to change.
AppleInsider has recently performed some empiric tests, saying the Google Maps-powered version of Find My iPhone at beta.icloud.com is loading slower than Apple Maps. Cupertino’s own service transferred slightly over 400 kilobytes compared to around four megabytes of data on Google Maps.
Both Google Maps and Apple Maps services use vector tiles which are capable of delivering clear details even at big zoom levels. Apple’s iPhone and iPad editions of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends stopped using Google Maps tback in 2012, and it seems that the web interface is going to suffer from the same change.