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Apple Maps Adds Branded EV Charger Listings


Blink Network Apple Maps Profile PageChargePoint Apple Maps Profile EvGo Apple Maps Profile Page









Apple now appears to be publishing multi-location business listings taken directly from the businesses. Case in point, several electronic vehicle charging station chains have popped up on Apple Maps with a “provided by” notice on their profiles. As you can see from the screenshots in this post, Apple Maps is publishing business listing data from the following companies:

Blink Network

I also have found listings for another EV Charger network, SemaConnect, but those profiles use “More info on…” language v. “Provided by” and even though they are categorized as EV Chargers but they don’t show up for me when I search “ev chargers” or even “ev chargers Fremont” or any other city they are located in.SemaConnect Apple Maps Profile

They only appeared when I searched for a specific street they were on such as “ev chargers hacienda dr” (a street in Pleasanton, CA) that has three ChargePoint stations and one SemaConnect station. But even then, the SemaConnect station shows up at the bottom of the list. It seems like the other companies have some kind of prioritization over SemaConnect. My speculation is that these “Provided by” businesses have the greatest amount of authority in Apple Maps’ algorithms.

Many people are saying that EV charging stations showing up on Apple Maps so soon before a new Apple event is a sign that there may be some news at the event about the rumored Apple Car. I am saying that this is even more interesting – at least from a Local Search geek’s POV – in that it’s a sign that Apple is now publishing listings it gets directly from multi-location businesses and treating them as the source of truth v. say a Yelp profile. This is most likely because EV stations are a relatively new type of business and the listings are not available in a lot of traditional databases – hard to believe, but none of these stations are listed on Yelp yet. We are now seeing other non-traditional businesses with similar “Provided by” messages like parking lots provided by Parkopedia:
Parkopedia Apple Maps Profile

Since the launch of Maps Connect, Apple has been accepting listings feeds from large multi-location businesses, but this is the first incidence I can recall where it is publishing those listings as the source of truth with branding.

It’s possible this is but the first step in a model where trusted businesses have much more control over their Apple Maps listings than say its Google-cough-My-cough-Business Listings…

h/t to AMM super fan Michael G!

On a related note: AppleMaps per the Tesla Motors Club also lists Tesla Superchargers which are categorized appropriately enough as “Tesla Supercharger”. I believe these come from either Factual’s database or else they are how Tesla submitted their listings via Apple Maps Connect. But if they came via MapsConnect, it seems odd though that Apple did not categorize these as “ev chargers”.


Apple Maps Adds Location3, MomentFeed, SIM Partners & SwissCom Directories


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Apple Maps has updated its Attributions page again with four new business listings partners, 3 US-based location data management/marketing companies and a Swiss Yellow Pages company:

SIM Partners
Swisscom Directories

Previously Location3 and SIM Partners were accidentally “announced” as partners almost two years ago. At that point we had heard that these partners were in some kind of beta program to see if their data was good enough for Apple Maps. I suppose this latest update means that Location3 and SIM Partners are now officially good enough. Congrats to Andrew, Nick, Adam, Gib, and the rest of the crews at both companies.

Check out the Apple Maps Business Listings Data Suppliers by Country where I keep an up to date list of all of these guys.

Apple also added three new transit data sources:

Oahu Transit Service (TheBus)
BC Transit for British Columbia 
TransLink for Vancouver

Foursquare Confirmed as Apple Maps Business Listings Supplier













Apple Maps has updated its Acknowledgements Page as of 10/22/15 to include Foursquare as a supplier of business listings data. About two years ago there had been some confusion about whether or not Foursquare was in cahoots with Apple Maps. Nice to see this finally confirmed. I have not seen an example of Foursquare data on an Apple Maps listing but I imagine it looks just like the Yelp integration.

This is pretty great news for Foursquare. Everything I have heard from other Apple Maps data suppliers is that the traffic to these listings has been accelerating at a rapid clip – Apple apparently provides data providers traffic data on their listings – so this provides Foursquare with a great reason for businesses to engage with them.


Businesses Can Now Add Apple Pay To Their Apple MapsConnect Listings


I just noticed that businesses can now add their Apple Pay info to their MapsConnect profiles. It appears this functionality was added in early September. If you accept Apple Pay, you should definitely update your listing. When you do this, your business’ Apple Maps profile starts displaying the Apple Pay icon. I imagine at some point this icon will become more prominent and there will be opportunities to filter queries by “Accepts Apple Pay”.

Apple Pay Apple Maps

Apple Maps Business Profile with Apple Pay icon

MapsConnect Apple Pay

Apple MapsConnect Business Profile with Accepts Apple Pay Option

RioSEO, Brandify & Now Providing Business Listings to Apple Maps


There’s a new Apple Maps Acknowledgements page and with that there are some new data providers that we now know about: Logo An Austrian yellow pages/local marketing service co.

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Rio SEO: A U.S.-based local listings management & local marketing tech co.

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Where2GetIt/Brandify: A U.S.-based local listings management & local marketing tech co.


There are also 4 new transit data providers.

Apple Maps Adds Tabelog, a Japanese Yelp


According to the latest Apple Maps acknowledgements page, last updated on 8/10/15,, a Japanese restaurant guide, is now a business listings data supplier to Apple Maps. As you can see below, the implementation is identical to Yelp’s:

Tabelog on Apple Maps





Tabelog Apple Maps profile

As best I can tell Tabelog content trumps Yelp and TripAdvisor when it has a review for a business. Yelp appears to have a fairly limited set of Japanese reviews so it makes sense that Apple would add focused regional content partners. I expect by this time next year Apple will have added content partners like this in every major country and service category.