Here is something I thought I would never hear; Apple is being blamed for something Nokia developed. It’s an interesting twist, considering Nokia’s initial intention was to expand its user base for its Here Maps application by introducing it on iOS. That seems to have backfired, with Nokia claiming Apple’s iOS 7 harms the user experience (though I can personally attest to the fact that it wasn’t a great one to begin with).
Nokia’s Here Maps app appeared after Apple’s massive Maps fiasco that caused CEO Tim Cook to offer an apology and suggest other mapping alternatives. Here Maps offers several features, including offline caching, voice-guided navigation, and public transportation guidance, though it does seem less reliable to me than Google Maps.
Honestly, this looks like a huge publicity stunt rather than a genuine issue with iOS 7, especially because Nokia has faded into the shadows in terms of mobile phone manufacturing and has never really had a software presence. The company is likely assuming that by pulling the app and using iOS 7 as a scapegoat, they will be able to recoup some of the lost users if they reintroduce it down the road.
Of course, I’m not taking Apple’s side on this issue completely, but this is the first time I’ve seen a company as big as Nokia pull an app and blame the company and mobile platform that helped the application get more users in the first place. Something doesn’t seem right about this whole iOS 7 issue. Neither Apple nor Nokia have yet to comment on this issue to the press or to customers.