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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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RE: Beta
By kingmotley on 6/13/2012 5:09:21 PM , Rating: -1
The beta code is for um...code. The data is obviously still being refined and is done on the server, and will likely still take months before it's production ready. And it's things like this is why it's not a public beta. Developers (who are the only ones who SHOULD have access to it) would know these things.

RE: Beta
By mcnabney on 6/13/2012 5:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't exactly a new form of technology. It is like they were really tired, thought everything was done and hit compile. The next morning they uploaded the program.

RE: Beta
By Florinator on 6/13/2012 6:07:45 PM , Rating: 5
Oh, I'm sorry if my expectations from a beta product, from Apple nonetheless, are a little higher than seeing the Pacific Ocean in the middle of Africa. Yeah, the data needs a little refining indeed... because it's all new, nobody else has data on where the Pacific Ocean actually lies, so I guess it's OK if Apple didn't get it right the first time around...

I work for a much more modest company and, as a developer, I am expected to unit test my code before submitting, QA engineers do their thing for months, then we run it in-house for a few more months in a production environment (we call that the alpha phase), then we release the beta...

But hey, what do we know, we're just a small $200M company...

RE: Beta
By artemicion on 6/13/12, Rating: -1
RE: Beta
By Camikazi on 6/13/2012 8:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously now, if they can't be trusted to get the oceans of the world in the right place what makes you think they can be trusted to get tiny streets in a city right?

RE: Beta
By lukarak on 6/14/2012 4:46:20 AM , Rating: 2
This is probably a layer issue. So it doesn't actually translate to problems with other ones.

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