The company says it is taking a “deeper look” at how its map apps handle disputed borders.
From Trudy Muller, PR Senior Director:
We would like to clarify for our customers around the world that we have not made any changes to Apple Maps regarding Crimea outside of Russia, where a new law went into effect that required us to update the map within Russia. We review international law as well as relevant US and other domestic laws before making a determination in labelling on our Maps and make changes if required by law. We are taking a deeper look at how we handle disputed borders in our services and may make changes in the future as a result. Our intention is to make sure our customers can enjoy using Maps and other Apple services, everywhere in the world.
My take: Rock and a hard place.
See also: Crimea and the Cook Doctrine