Apple Maps has seen its share of issues, but Apple has slowly been working those kinks out over time. Now that Apple Maps is vastly better, it seems as though Apple might be ready to lean on it a bit more. The Find my iPhone feature in iCloud has been reported by many to be using Apple Maps — not Google Maps as it has been.
The inclusion of Apple Maps in the find-my-phone feature seems to be hit-and-miss right now, with some users reporting they still see Google Maps. The Apple Maps solution is also found on the web version of Find my iPhone, which resides in iCloud. In our testing, Apple Maps took the place of Google Maps.
Apple also lists Tom Tom, as well as a host of other partners, for the tech they use to locate your device. As 9to5Mac points out, Google Maps hasn’t gone away entirely. Apple still uses it for their main site when locating a retail spot. That’s likely due to the fact Apple Maps is not yet ready for primetime, and has no web version to speak of.
This could be a toe-dip into the web pool, though. Apple held a secretive hiring round for Maps not long ago, and hinted at some sort of web utility. It could be that Apple Maps in Find my iPhone in iCloud is just the first step in bringing Apple Maps to a broader scale.