Apple Maps rumored to make its way to Windows and Android devices as an online service

Apple Maps rumored to make its way to Windows and Android devices as an online service
If a new rumor is to be believed, Apple is planning to launch its Google Maps rival as an online service accessible from any browser on any operating system.

Right off the bat, it should be mentioned that this is quite a bold claim. Apple usually locks down its products and makes them available only on its own devices, no matter how popular they are (iTunes), although some exceptions to the rule do exist (iCloud and iWork). 

Just for the sake of the argument, however, let's explore this train of thought based on the evidence that's being proposed. 

The rumor comes from Apple Insider, who was the first to report on a new and intriguing job listing from Apple, who is apparently looking for a JavaScript expert to fill the role of "Maps JavaScript Engineer". The perfect candidate should be able to make Apple Maps "work seamlessly on the web".

At the moment, Apple Maps is only available on Apple devices running iOS 6 or newer or OS X 10.9 Mavericks or newer, but if this rumor turns out to be accurate, then a web-based Apple Maps service could be used by all users independent of the operating system of choice. This means that Ubuntu users, Windows users, and Android users would all be able to use Apple Maps.

Even if this rumor is accurate, we're not certain that Apple Maps would be much of a success on other operating systems. At the moment, Apple Maps lags well behind Google Maps, despite the fact that Apple certainly improved on the product since its disappointing launch. Apple is rumored to bring further improvements to Maps in a future update by adding support for public transportation and traffic information.

What do you guys think of this rumor? Would you be willing to give Apple Maps a try if the service becomes accessible from any browser on any platform? Drop us a comment and share your thoughts!

source: Apple via Apple Insider

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43 Comments

1. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Cool. NO ONE WANTS THIS, but cool.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7217; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Google has people that go around the planet mapping everything. There is street view, waze, and now offline maps support for Google maps. So who the hell is going to use Apple maps which is currently missing all that and more for its platform. Never mind other platforms. To top it off for the other platforms they only have online support. This is Apples first product that is truly DOA (Dead on Arrival).

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well they had to force it down their fanbase's throat to get them to accept it. I wonder how they will make people on other platforms with better options use it? Even now a lot of people on iOS use Google maps which they have to go out of their way to use because of Apple's little strong arming tactic.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The first? The Newton was dead on arrival. PING too.

32. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

No thanks. I'm happy with my google maps, here maps, sygic etc etc.

2. waddup121 unregistered

ikr lool

3. gaming64 unregistered

Apple Maps improved somce iCrapulous 6 but still inferior to Google Maps.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'll take Google Maps, i'll take HERE maps but until I want to get lost, I won't take Apple Maps.

5. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

All of you guys can be sure about something. I'M NOT WASTING MY TIME ON THIS SERVICE. NEITHER SHOULD YOU.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Unless you deliberately want to end up at the bottom of a canyon, stay FAR AWAY from CRAppl3 maps.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blame it on your poor sense of direction.

40. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nah. Blame it on CRAppl3's sh*tty software that powers CRAppl3 Maps. Even YOU Don't use Crappl3 maps dude.

8. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

And here's one less website to not visit..

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This pretty much sums up how I feel about Apple Maps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVq1wgIN62E Wait for the punchline at the very end. :-P

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So you call me out every time I bash Motorola but you turn around and do the same thing. Hypocrisy.

41. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

There's a difference. You do it incessantly. Nonstop. Its an addiction with you. An obsession. And its PATHETIC. But then again, so are you.

11. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

That's like thinking their own over bloviated fans will turn the All New Shinier and Beats....ier than iTunes Radio... from being a complete FAILURE.... into a Success, by Stealing Spotify's 86% Streaming Market Share! lol.... But I guess Apple and their backdoor funded Media and Celebrity Proselytes are thinking Apple iMaps will take Google Maps 80% market share away from them too! :D .....gotta love how loyal all their brainwashed iDiots are in believing all their RDF FUD and Misinformation loaded vomit! Won't ever catch me using anything from from Apple. Not after they attempted to force non-OS X users to download their POS Safari Browser! ;-P ......ever use OS X? It's like Linux without the FREEDOM of CHOICE! They control YOU.... not the other way around!

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's all about choice fellas. Apple maps is pretty damn good now.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why settle for good, when other options are already the best. I'd take Nokia Here before Apple maps. People may end up driving off a cliff or intonation ocean.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's called choice. Don't be ignorant. This isn't the same Apple maps as before.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said mxy

37. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

No! Apple maps is same and crappy! I've never used it! HERE maps and Google Maps are far far far better!

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You guys don't believe in choice and neither does Apple. Because you both criticize choices. Let me give and example.of once you use the best why settle for good. AMD makes very good processors. They do more per clock cycle, they are easy to overclock and they have very good pricing. But they aren't the best option, but you can still choose to use them. But why would you? Foe some choosing an AMD CPU could be a pricing issues. But with this Apple Maps and Google Mas are free. Google Maps is the best option because they have years of experience. I am not saying no one can do better. But Apple Maps is not better it worse it is just not needed. Google Maps, Mapquest, Here and more already offer alternative very good options. You guys are the first to complain and claim to many choices are so confusing for people and yet here you are saying more choice simply because it's Apple. I am all.for choice. With Apple you don't have a choice. IOS forces you to use apples offering and you can't change it. Of Apple.supported choice, they would allow you to choose default apps. Theybdont. If you tap a link, no matter if you install 10 browser, only Safair will open it. Does Apple Mas open automatically when you choose navigations or addresses? This is why they brand about so much Safari usage. Because you are forced to use it if you have an ios device. If a Microsoft forced all Internet l I nks to open Un IE, the Feds would be all.over them. They hypocrites too.

31. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

He is talking about software choice.... On android google is pushing their maps app (and other services) very hard to get a better grasp on people's souls. You may download some other maps but google deffinitelly doesn't want you to do that. On iOS you have all options you have on android + you can choose pre instaled iMaps. That means it's more choice for consumers. And google maps app is often better than on android. Apple maps lived up to their purpose, they stripped over 80 milions of people from native google maps app, which is a huge blow to a privacy tracking company like google.

43. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

If you really think CRAppl3 isn't a privacy tracking company then you're obviously drunk off of the apple flavored kool aid.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I looked at post 21 and kept scrolling

27. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

it's called a very poor example of what a mapping system should be.

35. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

really..so they took the Eiful Tower out of Berlin and put it back in Paris..?

42. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You REALLY need to STOP acting like you believe in choice Dxy. Everyone knows you're an iZombi3 supreme. Just stop it.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Like I said: it's all about choice jackass! Don't want it don't use it. You always seek to down someone's posts, and always fail.

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