Find my iPhone 4.0 (iCloud 001)

It would seem that Google gave way to 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.

At the time of this writing, the change appeared to affect Apple’s Find My iPhone beta on the web, which has switched from Google Maps tiles to an Apple Maps backend. For those wondering, the native iOS app stopped using Google Maps in 2012…

First reported by German-language iPhoneBlog.de [Google translate], the change affects only 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 labeled with the “Data from TomTom, others” notice which links to the full list of Maps data providers.

The public edition continues to use Google Maps, though this is about to change as soon as iOS 8 gets released this Fall.

According to non-scientific tests conducted by AppleInsider, the Google Maps-powered version of Find My iPhone at beta.icloud.com transferred some four megabytes of data for a single request, compared to just over 400 kilobytes for Apple’s.

Like Google Maps, Apple Maps use vector tiles that look crisp at any zoom level. Note that the iPhone and iPad editions of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends stopped using Google Maps tiles back in 2012, leaving only the web interface a lone holdout (actually, the Online Apple Store’s retail store locator also uses Google Maps).

This development follows Apple’s controversial decision to stop using a Google Maps backend in favor of the Apple Maps service, which debuted with the release of iOS 6 in the Fall of 2012.

  • Eric M

    alright and here we go…..

  • sigh….why isn’t clicking that IOS maps sucks.

    • sabestianpage

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  • Sachin

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???????????????

  • RarestName

    (ಡ_ಡ)

  • abdullah575

    Apple maps FAIL !!

  • Gabriel Gualdron Ruiz

    oh god..

  • siddique

    First of all apple plz open direction worldwide ..my friend iphone got stolen we got the location but unfortunatelly map direction mot supportin in saudi arbia

    • Waleed

      Agree with you ! Apple maps directions are not even available in Pakistan ! It really sucks !

      • sabestianpage

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    • sabestianpage

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  • Magnusarie

    A shame though
    as apple maps sucks
    Google maps rules when it comes to maps on mobile

    • sabestianpage

      A shame though
      as apple maps sucks
      Google maps rules when it comes to maps on mobile

    • ohdame

      This statement is bias and depends on where you live. but yes. Google maps is better in MORE places than Apples but not better in the places I go/travel and live so…..

  • aw81

    In before people start losing iPhones because of apple maps…

    • sabestianpage

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  • More reasons to never rely on the inferior “Find my iPhone” app for finding your stolen iPhone, not even for finding it in your couch anymore. iCaughtU Pro all the way…

  • But it’s called FindMyiPhone not Find-The-Empty-Park-Or-Building-Site-Where-Your-iPhone-Should-Be

  • Javier Portela

    Noooo, apple maps do not work in dominican republic…

  • ruben concepcion

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh