While the jury is still out on whether or not Apple will approve Google’s rumored standalone Maps app, it seems clear now that the company doesn’t want any copycats in the App Store.

Reports started surfacing this morning that Apple has pulled ClassicMap, a Google-powered mapping application that looks a lot like the Google Maps app Apple replaced in iOS 6

Pocketnow (via CNET) reports:

“An application designed to replace the look, feel, and utility of Apple’s old maps application has disappeared from the App Store, just days after its debut.

ClassicMap, an application from developer Katsumi Kishikawa — who has two other applications on sale through Apple — is no longer available.

The free application popped up on the App Store on Monday and made waves for offering users a way to get some of the same look and feel as the old version of Apple’s maps, which used data from Google.”

When asked via Twitter why the app was pulled, Kishikawa responded that the removal was “Apple’s decision.” Honestly, it’s more surprising that Apple approved it in the first place.

  • Phil Woods

    Can Apple be contacted on why the app was pulled?

    • Hey Paul, give Tim cook a call and leave a message. I’m sure he’ll get right back to you.

      • abujafer


      • EpicFacepalm


      • His name is Phil, if you can’t read.

      • goofygreek

        His name is Phil….. 😉

    • Guest

      His name is Robert Paulson. His name is Robert Paulson.

  • It’s probably not impossible Google requested it. I believe they’ve asked other apps that used Maps data to change, like that zombie outbreak sim, if I’m correct.

  • haruhiko

    While the app looks good it simply sucked! It lacked: street view, (long touch) pinning, route planning, navigation, public transport, traffic information. It had nothing. I’d rather use the Web app! Also it’s a direct copy of Apple’s previous Map app and therefore it’s pulled.

    • disqus_MMaIxbvwtG

      I understand what u mean. but why do people want the old map when they never offered navigation turn by turn. I love the new maps

  • Kurt Andersen

    Is it just me who can’t find it in the US store even before it was pulled?

    • Johnathan Jennings


    • WolfgangHoltz

      Wow so what you say is that it was pulled even before it actually was pulled.

  • Apple, Wtf !?!

  • MagicDrumSticks

    Yup, the Apple we are all proud of.

    • Go buy your precious s3 and stop trolling here at an Apple blog fandroid, you really should get a life.

      • MagicDrumSticks

        And you, the police officer who follows me around, tells me to get a life?

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Think you’re just upset that I speak the truth but you have a hard time accepting it. I do this ok android and windows blogs too but the reactions are far more dramatic from apple fanboys.

      • what does it say about your life when you look for fun by trolling various alternate platform blogs? No need to come in an be NEGATIVE ALL THE TIME. It’s annoying and no one likes it.

      • MagicDrumSticks

        If you don’t like it then don’t come onto platform blogs.

        Also I’m not negative all the time. There’s been articles where I’ll post
        Something positive. However lately apple has been doing a lot of negative stuff.

      • Precisely, fandroids like u are always ignorant and negative when it comes to apple, even if the title does not even mention apple at all.

    • Exactly what I was thinking. Well done Apple for not letting their users make the choice.

  • Apple made that interface for the old maps. These guys used it without permission. Apple pulled it. I don’t think this really has anything to do with it being a Google maps app. Apple would have done the same thing if any other app used any of the same interfaces that Apple has made for their own apps. It’s basically stealing.

    • It’s iOS. Everything looks the same.

      • yep, Apple as usual. Before in 90’s it was microsoft who was trying to kill Apple. Now It is Apple who tries to get rid of adobe and google.

      • Umm what does that have to do with a developer using intellectual property without permission? Or were you just trying to be clever

  • Techpm

    These apps break Google’s terms of service, remember that Google charges all heavy users for using their maps.

    If Google sent a DMCA takedown to Apple because this app was using their copyrighted data of course the app would be pulled down. Apple would be facing a huge fine otherwise, just like YouTube taking down videos.

    • WolfgangHoltz

      That must be the reason in this case. Because the developer have done everything to hide what the application does for Apple approval team. And he also picked a confusing name for the application so no one could understand what it actually does. Maybe the retarded Apple map employes now work at the Apple approval section because they seems to have expert knowledge about maps,

  • I can’t believe that no one noticed but Classic Maps used Apple Maps, NOT Google Maps. And therefore it was probably pulled because it simply put a wrapper around Apple Maps. For those that have downloaded it touch “Legal” on lower left corner and you will see the same Apple Maps copyright notices as on Apple Maps and also there is no Google watermark on the maps. They are Apple Maps.

    • WolfgangHoltz

      It use Apple maps in standard view and Google maps in classic view with a beautiful Googe watermark. So it is a perfect app to show the flaws in Apple maps. And Apple probably pulled it because it was to easy to compare the maps and showing what a joke Apple maps actually is.

      • Bieberkinz

        Or Google Maps was used “illegally” and wasn’t in guidance of the TOS, and I’m all for competition, and I understand Apple overhyped the Maps possibly, but c’mon, Google had what, 2-3 years to perfect Maps and you expect Apple to go a couple months to get this nailed down. And besides, Google Maps on iOS sucked regardless…. Android had it better (duh.) Get your fanboy and/or hate out of here dude.

  • ive never had a problem with the new apple maps… ive been using for a while and never had a problem with it tho i live in florida.

  • ReanimationXP

    Is the new Apple approval process “approved until we get a chance to actually look at it”? wtf?

  • apple is a bully