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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 artemicion on 6/13/2012 6:29:22 PM , Rating: -1
Oh and I'm sorry if figuring out where the Arctic Ocean and Indian Ocean are located represents the primary purpose for which you use the Maps app on your iPad. Don't worry, everybody in the Make-Sure-The-Arctic-Ocean-Is-In-The-Right-Place and Make-Sure-The-Indian-Ocean-Is-In-The-Right-Place workgroups at Apple have all been fired. Further, it has been revealed that Apple contracted out the development of the code for the Identification-Of-The-Body-Of-Water-Between-Africa- And-India to 5 various software companies in Canada, China and the U.S. Four of them will be permanently banned from working with Apple for all time. However, one of them was saved for their exemplary work in coding the Graphical-Render-Of-The-African-Subcontinent function call.

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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