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Apple Removes Unofficial Google Maps iOS App

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Apple doesn't want anything to do with Google Maps, it seems.

Following Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizing to iDevice owners regarding their awful maps app, the firm recommended other alternatives in a specific section on their App Store such as Bing. However, it seems that Apple does not want to associate its devices with Google Maps at all following its removal via iOS 6's release; days after its release, an application based off Google's service has been removed from the App Store.

Katsumi Kishikawa, who has released two other applications on sale on the App Store, recently launched ClassicMap. The free application was launched on Monday and delivered the same look and feel of the old version that utilized Google Maps data.

While Kishikawa didn't elaborate on the reasons behind the removal of the application, but only stated it was "Apple's decision".

The app itself featured a component that, when folded up, would reveal extra options such as a toggle to switch between Apple's maps data and Google's. However, Google's Street View isn't present.

 

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    thecolorblue , October 13, 2012 10:07 AM
    i'm no apple fan and even i am embarrassed for them
  • 27 Hide
    freggo , October 13, 2012 11:03 AM
    I'd never buy a computer or other device from a company that tells me what I can, and can not install on MY computer.
  • 25 Hide
    killerclick , October 13, 2012 10:18 AM
    Apple gonna Apple.

    Alarmed to see Microsoft is looking up to them more and more.
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  • 29 Hide
    thecolorblue , October 13, 2012 10:07 AM
    i'm no apple fan and even i am embarrassed for them
  • 25 Hide
    killerclick , October 13, 2012 10:18 AM
    Apple gonna Apple.

    Alarmed to see Microsoft is looking up to them more and more.
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    Vladislaus , October 13, 2012 10:51 AM
    christarp...Probably because he doesn't have the right to distribute google's maps..

    I was under the impression that Google allowed the use of it's API to everyone freely as long they complied with the terms of service. So that's an excuse
  • 27 Hide
    freggo , October 13, 2012 11:03 AM
    I'd never buy a computer or other device from a company that tells me what I can, and can not install on MY computer.
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    memadmax , October 13, 2012 11:04 AM
    If Apple was a man, his name would be Lenin...
  • 9 Hide
    assasin32 , October 13, 2012 11:11 AM
    I think Apple shot itself in the foot with their GPS the more I keep hearing about it. They should have released it while still under the google contract and used the information they gathered with it being in wide use to get it better while still allowing a good alternative before banishing something that worked.

    You just don't get rid of something that works for an untested product, it's freaking stupid to do so.
  • 19 Hide
    beayn , October 13, 2012 11:28 AM
    I consider this anti-competitive behavior. One day I hope the courts see it and force Apple to be more open.
  • 9 Hide
    egilbe , October 13, 2012 11:52 AM
    Gotta love the walled garden
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    invisibilian , October 13, 2012 11:58 AM
    this is just apple being apple. we are at war with google. so we will refuse to use their services on our devices, even our own map system sucks.

    Good luck with that.
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    jerm1027 , October 13, 2012 11:59 AM
    Apple really must not want their customers to find their way around...
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    greghome , October 13, 2012 12:02 PM
    memadmaxIf Apple was a man, his name would be Lenin...


    Lenin was actually the good communist,
    If Apple was a man, he would be Hitler.....or Vlad Dracule.....yea, the later seems more fitting
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    elcentral , October 13, 2012 12:18 PM
    greghomeLenin was actually the good communist,If Apple was a man, he would be Hitler.....or Vlad Dracule.....yea, the later seems more fitting


    im actually hoping to get some time to study how close apple is to Hitler they already got the ubermensch down its people ho own apple products they lock out people from the outside from disturbing the society they create by not letting eny thing but there own stuff connect. they attack remotely close product by calling it protecting there investments. but its alright they eventually put 2 colors on the products, they cant be to evil can they? but seriously i believe they if they could they would go for it all the way.
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    idisarmu , October 13, 2012 12:27 PM
    Google should flat out end support for Apple devices- detect the user agent and time out.

    I mean that for all its services- calendar, gmail, youtube, docs/drive included. Karma's a bitch.
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    fudoka711 , October 13, 2012 1:21 PM
    memadmaxIf Apple was a man, his name would be Lenin...


    I think you meant Stalin?
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    robmif76 , October 13, 2012 1:50 PM
    If Microsoft was fined loads for packaging IE and Media Player with Windows, despite leaving you the option to use alternatives, why wouldn't Apple be fined in the same way or more?
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    southernshark , October 13, 2012 2:08 PM
    greghomeLenin was actually the good communist,If Apple was a man, he would be Hitler.....or Vlad Dracule.....yea, the later seems more fitting



    Good communist? No such thing. But politics aside, read about Lenin in the years leading up to his death and before the revolution. You will see a very high body count as people like Lenin fought inside the party for control (and within the various other socialist parties before the Soviet faction dominated). His hands were as bloody as anyone else in that phase. Now sure compared to Stalin, Lenin was the "good" communist. But that's like saying Guderian was the Good Nazi.

    As for Apple, the company hasn't gotten a dime from me since the Apple IIE and never will again.
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    cookoy , October 13, 2012 2:40 PM
    just a subconscious defense mechanism that tries to suppress whatever reminds it of its failures
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    reprotected , October 13, 2012 3:09 PM
    usersnameWhy are people defending Google?.

    Because people consider Apple a threat to competition. Why? I have no idea. They are making alternatives to the PC market (even if they are overpriced), which is keeping Microsoft protected from monopoly laws. Apparently people think Apple succeeds because they patent so many things and get suckers because they capitalize on patent trolling, when clearly it's because Apple is aware of their main target market which are spoiled teens and young adults of today.
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