“Apple seems to be preparing to announce a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing anyone to embed an Apple Map view into a web page,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. ” On the WWDC microsite, Apple has embedded its own map object in the page to show attendees how to get between Moscone West and the Bill Civic auditorium, where the Monday keynote will be held.”
“Looking at the code, it appears Apple wants to make this embeddable map a public API in the (near?) future so anyone could add an Apple Map to their website,” Mayo reports. “Right now, MapKit is exclusive to iOS and Mac apps.”
“A high-profile entrance of Apple into the space would provide strong competition to Google’s offering,” Mayo reports. “Apple may introduce this embedding feature as part of a larger project. We have heard some rumblings that Apple is planning to unveil a fully-fledged Maps web-app for public use, just like the Apple Maps iPad or Mac app…”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’d much rather be able to embed an Apple Map than a Google Map. Hopefully, Apple does plan to debut Apple Maps as a web app. Anything that promotes the use of Apple Maps over competitors is a Good Thing™.