Apple appears to have finally dropped Google Maps from iCloud.com, replacing it with its own in-house maps almost two years after removing Google Maps from iOS and most of its other products. Apple started slowly rolling out the feature to its iCloud beta site for select users earlier this year before pulling it, but it now seems to have replaced Google for all users of iCloud.com’s Find My iPhone feature (pictured above).
We reported back in September of last year that Apple’s Maps team was looking for developers to “design, develop, and maintain complex front-end code for a new secret project” that would include “an advanced web platform.” That led to speculation Apple could be working on bringing its Maps to the web, but it remains to be seen if that will be to simply replace Google in apps like Find My iPhone or to bring a full-blown Maps solution to third-parties on the web.
Earlier this month we reported that Apple was looking to expand its community crowdsourcing features to improve maps data including new integrations with iOS features like Siri and Passbook.
Removing Google Maps from iCloud is just about the last step in completely transitioning to its own Maps app apart from retail store listings on its website that we’re guessing will be replaced in the near future.