Nokia HERE Maps Launches for iPhone and iPad

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Nokia announced last week that they were working to get their new mapping service, HERE Maps onto the Apple App Store, and today that app is available to download, for free, for the iPhone and iPad.

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Nokia HERE supports turn by turn directions for walkers, as well as the capability to download maps for offline access.

Live traffic views, public transport updates and a satellite map view give clear navigation, and help you to reach your destination quickly and easily.

“Here Maps helps you fell like a local anywhere you go. See where you are, search and discover nearby places, and get a local feel for the place,” said a Nokia statement. “Collect places to remember of for later discovery. Explore new destinations and know instantly how to get there on foot, by car or on public transport. HERE Maps is based on the world-class Navteq mapping data used in 90 percent of in-car navigation systems in the world.”

Maps has been a major source of embarrassment for Apple ever since the rollout of iOS 6. Until that point, Apple had always relied on Google for their maps application. With iOS 6, Apple revealed to the world their own Apple Maps application, yet very soon it became apparent the product was not up to the job. Map images were warped, major places and destinations were entirely missing from the mapping data, and it soon became a complete laughing stock.

Eventually, Apple CEO Tim Cook had to release a statement apologising for the poor Maps product, and suggesting iPhone owners seek out an alternative solution until the Apple Maps service was fit for purpose.

With Nokia's HERE Maps, owners of the iPhone and iPad now have a viable, free alternative, which gives Nokia the opportunity to showcase one of their major services on a rival operating system. Nokia may not have the spotlight for too long though, as Google are also said to be preparing an iOS version of their mapping service. Meanwhile, a version of Nokia HERE is expected to be released for Android sometime early in 2013.

Nokia HERE Maps is available to download now for free from the Apple App Store. You will need an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 or above to work with this app.