New legal label in MKMapView

Published 15 Apr 2013

I am using Google Maps in a couple of iOS apps that I have created. Or, at least I was before Apple threw out Google Maps and put in their own. So, now I guess I am using Apple Maps instead.

I have always admired Apple for their wonderful design, but when it comes to the new MKMapView that is powered by Apple Maps, I find the following annoying:

Apple Maps In Action

Take a look at the lower-left corner. See the nice little round button? Shouldn’t it be even prettier pushed down even more into the corner? Yeah, I know…I think so too. However, that area is occupied by a legal label that Apple for some reason have decided to include.

I have not been able to find a way to remove this label with the native MKMapView methods, but I did manage to find a way to programmatically move the label to the bottom-right corner instead, using a category that I wrote:

#import <MapKit/MapKit.h>

@interface MKMapView (LegalLabel)

typedef enum {
    MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomLeft = 0,
    MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomCenter = 1,
    MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomRight = 2,
} MKMapViewLegalLabelPosition;

@property (nonatomic, readonly) UILabel *legalLabel;

- (void)moveLegalLabelToPosition:(MKMapViewLegalLabelPosition)position;

#import "MKMapView+LegalLabel.h"

@implementation MKMapView (LegalLabel)

#pragma mark - Properties

- (UILabel *)legalLabel
    return [self.subviews objectAtIndex:1];

#pragma mark - Public methods

- (void)moveLegalLabelToPosition:(MKMapViewLegalLabelPosition)position
    UILabel *label = self.legalLabel;
    CGPoint point = [self getPointForLabel:label atPosition:position]; = point;

#pragma mark - Private methods

- (CGPoint)getPointForLabel:(UILabel *)label atPosition:(MKMapViewLegalLabelPosition)position
    int x = 0;

    switch (position) {
        case MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomLeft:
            x =;
        case MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomCenter:
            x =;
        case MKMapViewLegalLabelPositionBottomRight:
            x = self.frame.size.width -;

    CGPoint result = CGPointMake(x,;
    return result;


I have used this in an app that got approved, so I guess you can all just use it without being concerned that you do something you’re not allowed to do.