How to add your business to Apples ios6 / iPhone maps.

If you are like me when you got Apples new iOS6 maps on your phone the first thing you check is have they got your own business or the place you work listed in their database.  As reported in the press several locations are missing and Apple are expecting to crowdsource corrections and additions.  That means they actively want us to report suggested changes.

I’d read that Apple want us to report problems with maps but it wasn’t exactly obvious how you go about it.  I’ve now worked it out and thought I’d share it with you in this blog.

All you need to do to add your business or a missing location to Apple Maps is:

1. Find the location on the map.

2. Tap the page corner in the bottom right of the map display.

3. The map page will then flip back as shown below to reveal the options screen.

How to add your business to Apples ios6/iPhone maps.


4. Now look really carefully.  Just above the print button in grey text on a grey background there’s a well hidden link for “Report a Problem”.  It’s so well hidden that until you know it’s there I bet you couldn’t even see it.

5. Press this link and you’ll then see a list of the various types of problems you can report.  Half way down the list you’ll find “Location is missing”.  Select this option and then click Next.

6. They then display the map and ask you to position a pin where your business is located.  Do that and then click Next.

7. You then get a screen which lets you enter the name of the business, address, phone number, opening hours, URL website address and the category of business.

8. When you have done all of that press Send and the details will be sent through to Apple.


I’ve now reported a couple of missing local businesses and will be tracking how long it takes Apple to approve the changes and commit them to their database.  As soon as I see them I’ll update this blog with how long it takes.

Unable to sync iPhone Unknown error E8000065….

For some reason after upgrading my iPhone to iOS 5.1 I was unable to wirelessly sync with my Mac which is running the latest version of Lion.  I tried Googling the error code and could not find and real solution anywhere.  In the end with a little trial and error I found that enabling home sharing on the iPhone so that it matched the settings on the Mac fixed the problem and allowed the wireless sync to work.  I thought I’d make a quick note of the problem and the solution here incase anyone else is having the same problem.

Looking forwards to Apples WWDC 2011

On June 6th we’ll finally get to hear Apple’s next batch of announcements.  This time it has been a little different.  Normally Apple are very secretive and there is no official word in advance about what is going to be announced but this time we’ve seen several press releases about iCloud and other product updates ahead of WWDC.  But even at this stage we know little more than the product name and several of the new features that we’ll see is Lion.  This is an important event for the whole IT, technology and Electronic industry these days as Apple set the standard and in many cases make the market for so many innovations these days.   In the time honoured tradition I thought I’d better go on record and say what I would like to see Apple announce at WWDC:

  1. iCloud for streaming and storing any content you have in iTunes.  I worry that my iTunes isn’t backed up properly because its so large and I don’t currently buy a lot of video based content that I would like because it will consume too much disk space on my Mac.  If you add to this the problem that the content you want tends not to be on the Apple device you have with you when you are traveling unless you are very organised and sync what you want in advance then iCloud can’t come soon enough.
  2. iCloud for backup and storage of iPhoto and other content.
  3. MobileMe either replaced or upgraded so that I can access all of my iCloud content on the go.
  4. The Post PC Era.  When Steve Jobs said we’re now in the Post PC Era I couldn’t help feeling he was slightly ahead of the technology.  As of iOS4 you still need to plug your Apple device into a Mac or PC to register it, upgrade it and sync content onto it.  For many people with old printers you still need a PC to print!  iOS5 needs to truly remove the need for a PC or Mac base station.
  5. Facetime, I would like to see an upgrade so that you can conference in two or more people on the same video call.  Now that Microsoft own Skype I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Apple counter this by brining out a Facetime client for Windows.
  6. iBooks, we need a reader application on the Mac.
  7. Time Capsule.  There have been a lot of rumours that Apple will be upgrading their router / Time Capsule and this makes a lot of sense.  A device which can sit in the home and cache or backup your content from your Apple devices acting as a buffer between your home and the iCloud would be a great solution.  I would not put it past Apple to take this one stage further.  They could allow these devices to talk to each other across the Internet to form a grid, where all the communication are coordinated via their new data centre.
  8. Lion – Security.  I’ve always recommended Mac’s over PC’s to non-technical friends and family because of their ease of use and better security.  I would like to see this taken a stage further in Lion so that by default Applications can only be installed from the Mac App Store.  Of course there would need to be a way to switch this off for more advanced users but for most of my non-technical friends this would be a welcome security improvement.  As we have seen with the recent Mac Defender Malware it’s currently too easy to trick non-technical users into install software.
  9. Voice Recognition.  I want to see this done really well on every Apple platform.  I want to be able to be able to select tracks, listen to e-mails etc while driving or laying in the bath.  I don’t want to have to press a button to initial the voice command, it needs to be triggered by a phrase.  I want this to work like the LCARS Computer on the Enterprise, “Computer: Lights Off.”

Anyway not long to wait now, I’ll be back later in the week to review my wish list and review by 2011 Wish list from back on New Years Day.