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Tim Cook Suggests Using Nokia maps as an Alternative to iOS Maps

| September 28, 2012 | 14 Replies

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.

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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

 

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Category: aPPLE, Applications, Nokia

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  • Neil

    Apple included a link to Google and Nokia Maps… on their website. ;-) http://www.misterjonjon.com/2012/09/apple-apology-letter.html

  • Shriek

    Hehe the thing is that both google and apple are underestimating Nokia right now.

    I feel its a big mistake. Watch out guys Nokia has the capacity to fight back.

    • Gho2sH

      +1

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  • Weirdfisher

    One thing for Nokia web map is that I can’t choose my own language/it doesnt change to my language as it is in google maps

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  • Carbontubby

    Apple admits to screwing up, for once :) I hope this forces them to loosen their tight controls on their walled garden and actually allow users to choose their apps and services, rather than locking them in to Apple’s offerings only.

    • Gsm user

      With the iPhone you can choose the maps from any major provider.

  • Cani Lamentoqua

    Apple play fair with their customers. They have noticed the problem, have informed about and proposed temporary solution. So they gain even more trust among customers. And they will get back to iOS maps when they will say something like: “hey try again our iOS maps”.
    This is fair game.
    And now compare this to “burning platform” “Elopocalypse” – I see some points where customers may loose the trust in Nokia they had before…

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  • gojira

    I am very impressed he bothered to even mention Nokia.

  • Paul

    Hey biased Nokia-fanboys, Cook did NOT suggest to “use Nokia maps”, he did honestly apologize to his customers and play fair, telling them their free to use ANY OTHER alternative.

    To distort his speech to “use Nokia maps” is fraudulent and manipulative!

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