Why Nokia Is Yanking ‘Here Maps’ From Apple’s Roster
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) clearly saw an opening when bad reviews of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 6 map functions circulatd. Here Maps, the Nokia solution that the company sent over to Apple’s App Store, had its share of fans for the past year or so. However, that fanbase will need to find a new provider as Nokia says it will end its sale of Here Maps in Apple’s App Store because iOS 7 doesn’t do the app justice.
According to Engadget, Nokia went so far as to claim “recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience” for fans of the Here Maps app. Effective immediately, Here Maps won’t be on sale at the App Store where iPhone and iPad users add the latest in applications to their devices. The Nokia statement to Engadget encouraged users to access the map tool at m.here.com while plugging the usefulness of the app for sundry “location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.”
Though the official Nokia statment suggests an incompatibility with the design of the new Apple operating system, other theories point to a lack of success for Here Maps as the true cause of the app’s removal from Apple’s product roster.