Business owners can now claim POIs as their own via Apple Maps on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

Apple’s iOS 8.3 update, which made its public debut on Wednesday, includes a new feature that allows small businesses to manage their own POI data inside the Maps app. In this how-to, we’ll show you how you can claim and manage yours.

The company began allowing local businesses to manage their listing in the service last October, but required them to use its Maps Connect web service.

At the same time, the iPhone maker appears to be removing some TripAdvisor hotel reviews which started showing up in its Maps service last week.

To claim a point of interest in Apple Maps on OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, simply fire up the application, search for a place, tap the pin on a map to view information and hit the “Report a Problem” link at the bottom of the screen.

You’ll be asked to choose among a list of problems to report. Just click the “Claim this business” link and up pops a prompt saying, “You will be asked to verify your ownership of this business.”
Clicking the Claim button opens a corresponding page on the Apple Maps Connect web service in your browser. The process is similar on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Once you’ve answered Apple’s questions, your responses will be reviewed and if Apple is happy with them, your request will be approved. You will then be able to manage your POI data and submit updates and corrections when necessary, ensuring your business information stays up-to-date and accurate inside Apple Maps.

Another interesting change to Maps in iOS 8 is the replacement of TripAdviser and Booking.com information with Yelp data. It’s not clear if this will return, but for now at least, it appears to be unavailable.

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