In an attempt to take advantage of Apple’s recent Maps blunder, a developer named Katsumi Kishikawa created an application that mimics the look and feel of the old iOS maps application that used data from Google Maps. The application, called ClassicMap, debuted on Monday and offered a very similar UI to the iOS 5 Maps app, though there wasn’t any navigation features or Google Street View.
All in all, it sounds like an okay application – nothing too special. That’s why it came as a shock to Kishikawa that Apple pulled the app from the App Store just a few days after it went live. There’s not really an explanation for this, but Kishikawa did confirm via twitter that the deletion of the app was Apple’s decision, not his.
Personally, I think Apple didn’t like this application because it called attention to one of its mistakes. Apple already had to swallow its pride and offer some iOS 6 Maps alternatives, but copying the old (and much preferred) Maps app really shows customers what they’re missing, even if the app in question isn’t all that good.
What do you guys think is the reason for Apple’s removal of this app? Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.