What you need to know
- Apple has updated its Maps and Weather apps regarding Crimea.
- Users outside of Russia will now see the territory labeled as part of Ukraine.
- Users inside Russia will still see it as Russian territory.
Apple has updated its Maps and Weather apps to show that Crimea is a part of Ukraine for users outside of Russia.
As noted by Mashable:
The report does not note whether the change is reflected in Russia, however, iMore can confirm that the territory is still listed as part of Russia when accessed from inside the Russian Federation.
Apple changed the designation of Crimea and Sevastopol at the behest of the Russian government in 2019, drawing staunch criticism internationally and from Ukraine at the time. From 2019:
It is not clear when Apple made this change, however it seems likely it was done in tandem with other measures the company has taken in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Apple has stopped selling its products in the country and has removed Russian state-sponsored media from its platform.
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