When Apple introduced iOS 12 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018, Apple Maps did not receive any major updates. However, the company's MapKit team at the event said that MapKit will be launched as a Web framework for users. Apple is following the footsteps of Google Maps, which for a long time has been a popular feature that is used as an embedded map for several Web services. Notably, MapKit JS is a map component that is already used in Web services such as Find My iPhone and even the WWDC 2018 site.
As mentioned, developers can now add annotations and overlays to the map to customise it. The feature comes with additional options to display a standard street map or satellite image. They can also enable or disable panning, zooming, and rotation.
Apple notes that MapKit JS requires authorisation via JSON Web Tokens (JWT) for initialisation and some API calls. You obtain a key used to create the token when you complete the setup in your Apple Developer account.
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