Kosovo wants Apple to correct country’s borders on Apple Maps

The foreign minister of Kosovo, Meliza Haradinaj, in a letter asked Apple CEO Tim Cook “to take immediate steps to correctly present Kosovo’s internationally recognized borders in its AppleMap [sic] Service.”

Apple Maps current map of Serbia and surrounding countries
Apple Maps current map of Serbia and surrounding countries
Google Maps shows Kosovo with a dotted "disputed" border
Google Maps shows Kosovo with a dotted “disputed” border

The Associated Press:

On those maps, Kosovo is shown as part of Serbia, something the minister said was in “in direct contradiction of the political and legal realities.”

Kosovo seceded from Serbia after a 1998-99 war that ended with a 78-day NATO air campaign against Serbian troops.

Kosovo, dominated by ethnic Albanians, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a move recognized by some 100 countries — but not by Serbia.

MacDailyNews Take: Here’s Haradinaj’s letter regarding Kosovo and Apple Maps:


  1. Following a subscription model, I suppose Apple could correct the map for free and after 6 months charge the Republic of Kosovo $5.99 monthly to maintain it.

  2. Kosovo was recognized by under half countries in the world or UN totaling under 1/3 of population. However it was recognized by some powerful countries, not by the others. On the other hand this is not a new problem and google solved it graciously. For all disputed regions map will show as whatever is legally recognized in the country where map was opened. So.. if you look up Crimea from Russia, it will show you that it’s in Russia.. If you do it from Ukraine, it will show as Ukraine and so on. Geo-fencing allows for lil tricks you see.. after all.. Apple would like to keep doing business with all of them anyways.

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