Apple may soon expand Maps Connect, a tool which allows small business owners to create listings on Apple Maps, to a couple of more countries. After the service experienced some downtime earlier today, users were presented with new language options for French and German when it came back up, which could signal an expansion to countries that speak the two languages.
The change was noticed by Apple Maps Marketing earlier today:
Apple Maps Connect was down about an hour ago. I just tried it again and got the following screen which presents options to pick English, French or German as your language and to subscribe to "News and Notifications". This may mean that Maps Connect is now available for businesses in French and German-speaking countries.
Late last month, we saw Maps Connect expand outside of the U.S. for the first time, becoming available in the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.
There's no official announcement from Apple on the matter yet, but the appearance of the two new language options certainly suggests a rollout is planned soon.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew!
Source: Apple Maps Marketing