After the recent fiasco with iOS maps and the ditching of google maps on iOS6 and going with their own half-baked version of the maps, alot of people have been demanding they fix it. Earlier today Apple’s CEO made a statement regarding the maps:
While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.
It’s worth noting that using Nokia Maps online is pretty awesome; opening http://m.maps.nokia.com on your Android or Apple device will prompt you to create a shortcut icon on your homescreen for quick launch. After which you can use their turn by turn voice navigation completely free (it even caches the maps so you don’t have to download them again).
All in all it’s nice to see that Nokia maps is getting some well deserved recognition, even if it was casually dropped in a press statement; personally I never saw the appeal of google maps; I always considered Nokia maps the clear winner, but I assume that the coverage in the US is much better than Jordan/MEA where most mapping companies haven’t bothered with (except Nokia/NavteQ).
Check out the full press release here