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Apple has been attempting to distance itself from Google for some time now, and the latest service destined to be cut appears to be the maps for the iCloud version of Find My iPhone. Google has always provided the maps for the service until now, but iPhoneBlog.de noticed earlier today that Apple has started using its own navigation service for the beta version of the browser-based utility.
The move shows that Apple is gaining more confidence in the service, which suffered a rocky start when it first debuted on iOS 6 back in 2012. Apple converted the iOS versions of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends to the service almost immediately at the time, but the iCloud version has remained tied to the folks in Mountain View.
That'll likely change soon, judging from the switch on the iCloud beta site. Apple has been hard at work improving the reliability of the service in the wake of early criticisms, most notably by acquiring several startups associated with mapping services, even to the point of notifying users when certain issues had been resolved.
It's currently not known when the official switch will take place, but it could happen as early as tomorrow or even after the official launch of iOS 8 in a couple of months. You can check out the new version for yourself at beta.icloud.com.
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