When Apple Maps turned out to be a fiasco in the early days, the company’s CEO issued an apology letter at the end of September 2012, in which Tim Cook also suggested some alternatives to Apple’s own solution. Among the recommendations, there was a line to “use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app”. Soon after, Nokia made its own Here Maps available for iOS users; however, the app has been silently pulled.
“We have made the decision to remove our HERE Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience“, says an official statement from Nokia. “iPhone users can continue to use the mobile web version of HERE Maps under m.here.com., offering them core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge“.
Whether this is truly the case, or we’re just seeing how Nokia is trying to keep its service available to Windows Phone — since the mapping segment has remained in Nokia’s hands, despite the Microsoft acquisition — is yet unclear. Meanwhile, iOS users who don’t want to use Apple’s mapping solution can always use Google Maps, available as of December 13, 2012.