updated 11:11 am EST, Tue November 20, 2012
Includes offline mapping, public transportation
As promised, Nokia has released a native HERE Maps app for iOS. The app uses NAVTEQ data, and attempts to fill in some of the gaps left by the absence of Google Maps in iOS 6. This comes mainly in the form of offering pedestrian and public transportation directions in addition to driving, including even a line view for buses and trains. Pedestrian trips can be voice-guided, but there is no turn-by-turn driving option.
Maps are available for just under 200 countries. As users browse locations, the app will automatically pop up nearby points of interest; these and any POIs found through search can be saved to a Collection, which can be synced with Here.net, and/or shared via email, SMS, and social networks.
HERE Maps also includes traffic and satellite views. Another distinguishing feature from iOS 6's built-in Maps app is the ability to save regions for offline navigation, mimicking an equivalent option in Android; the selected area determines the level of detail however, unlike Android, which includes full details for each selection.
The Nokia app is a free download. Native iPad and iPhone interfaces are included, and the app requires just iOS 4.3 or later.