Apple extends Maps Connect to Ireland, UK, Australia, NZ and Singapore

27 Jan 2015

Apple has expanded its Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses service beyond the US into the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Apple Maps Connect is a service intended for small business owners to be able to quickly and easily add content to Apple Maps.

Business owners, or their representatives, can sign in with their Apple ID, find if their business is on the map and confirm via phone verification.

The listing lets companies put in their business name, phone number, address, map location, categories, open hours and web, Twitter, Yelp and Facebook designations.

Up until now the service had only been available in the US.

The service is linked to an iBeacon-based indoor mapping tool to allow businesses guide users through their venues if they meet certain criteria, such as boasting 1m visitors to their premises per year and have Wi-Fi connectivity throughout. 

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years