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Apple app thinks Indian Ocean is somewhere in Greenland, tells people to drive off bridges

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) earlier this week announced its latest upcoming version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6.  The beta build showed off some new features including the new Maps application, which allowed Apple to toss rival Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Google Maps, the previous mapping application in iOS.

CNN described:

But it was Maps which may have marked the most direct anti-Google move. Google has been providing mapping information to Apple since the iPhone launched in 2007.

At the iOS 6 announcement, mobile chief Scott Forstall was all braggadocio commenting, "In iOS 6, we have built an entire new mapping system from the ground up; and it looks beautiful.  This is a worldwide effort. We're covering the world."

Perhaps he was right, but the world Apple is covering seems to be one quite different from our own.  In the beta build the map names the ocean between Australia and Asia as the "Arctic Ocean".  It thinks the continent of Africa is the "North Pacific Ocean" and the island of Greenland is the "Indian Ocean".  Whoops.

Apple Maps
Wait a second... [Image Source: Gizmodo]

Then there are reports that the mapping app has a penchant for suggesting curious shortcuts that take drivers on creative turns directly off bridges.  Hopefully nobody tries to follow that navigator's advice unless they have one of those fancy car-boat-transforming vehicles.

True, this is just a test build, but it's a surprisingly poor showing for a company who has a reputation for polished core applications.  It looks like Apple may come to regret its snub of Google Maps.

Source: Gizmodo

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Apple maps
By retrospooty on 6/13/2012 4:14:13 PM , Rating: 3
I read an article that its actually a partnership with Tom Tom. If that is correct, its a bad move by Apple. Tom Tom isn't anywhere near as good as Google maps.

Apple just cant work and play well with others can they?

RE: Apple maps
By sprockkets on 6/13/2012 5:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
TomTom is for the navigation. I have a TomTom GPS. It is a good device, except for the part about it telling you to stay in the right lane every 400 yards on a lot of large roads. It's enough to make you want to shoot it.

I'll be LMAO if it does the same on the apple version.

RE: Apple maps
By km9v on 6/14/2012 10:47:54 AM , Rating: 5
Next they'll probably sue Google for have maps.

RE: Apple maps
By tayb on 6/14/12, Rating: -1
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