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Apple Maps is a little confused about where Mildura is

Australian police are warning citizens and tourists not to use Apple Maps in iOS 6 when traveling through the dangerous terrain of Mildura.

Police from the city of Mildura, which is a regional city in northwestern Victoria, Australia, are concerned that Apple's new homemade mapping service in iOS 6 is taking people to inaccurate (and dangerous) areas -- where they've become stranded.

The problem is that Apple Maps places Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, but in reality, Mildura is about 43 miles (or 70 km) from that location.

Not only is this a lengthy inconvenience, it's also a danger to the lives of motorists who were duped by Apple Maps. The area in Murray Sunset National Park, which it claims is Mildura, is a very hot and dry area that can reach temperatures of nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit (or 46 degrees Celsius).

Mildura Police have already found stranded motorists who were lost out in the Murray Sunset National Park without food and water for as long as 24 hours.

Mildura Police have contacted Apple to fix the issue.

Earlier this year, Apple ditched Google Maps as its main iOS maps app in favor of its own in-house maps service. Apple Maps debuted with the iOS 6 launch, but the application failed miserably when it came to navigation and geography. It displayed locations that didn't exist, represented existing locations in an unrecognizable way or gave false directions.

This forced Apple CEO Tim Cook to have to apologize to customers for the company’s poor job on the new app.
Shortly after, Apple Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall was booted from the company. He oversaw much of the mapping development, and aside from that, failed to get along with other company executives and employees.

Richard Williamson, manager of the Apple mapping team, was fired as well for the horrible job on Apple's new maps service.

Source: Victoria Police News

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RE: Crikey!
By Motoman on 12/10/2012 12:44:54 PM , Rating: 4
Apple user: imPhony says this is the pediatrics clinic in downtown Mildura...but I don't see it.

Dingo: [Peeks out from behind scrub brush in the middle of the desert]

Apple user: Oh! Hello! Are you the receptionist? Yes, we have an appointment for our baby to be looked at.

Dingo: [looks around a bit to try to spot Ashton Kutcher and a Punk'd camera...doesn't see one]

Apple user: Hello?! We have an appointment for our baby!

Dingo: Oh, right mate, sorry didn't see you there...ummm...have a seat.

Apple user: [consults imPhony, which says there should be a chair *right there* - goes to sit in it and falls on the ground] Thanks!

Dingo: So, uh, baby you said?

Apple user: Yes, we have an appointment to have our baby looked at.

Dingo: [pretends to consult an appointment book] Oh, yes, right here you are...right on time! will see your baby right away.

Apple user: Oh, that's great - here he is! [hands over baby]

Dingo: Great, thanks, you just wait right here...[scampers off with baby]

RE: Crikey!
By StevoLincolnite on 12/10/2012 1:17:41 PM , Rating: 1
Dingo's are actually a rather shy animal and the amount of Dingo related attacks compared to say... Sharks, Snakes and Crocodiles is fairly small. - Not to mention all the other poisonous Amphibians, reptiles and insects!

More importantly the attacks mostly happen on Fraser island where people get up close and feed the animals.

Plus, in some states people keep them as pets and they can be every bit as good as a normal domesticated dog.

If you ever come to Australia, the last thing you should be worried about is the Dingo. :)

As for the iPhones mapping bugger-ups. Nothing can replace common sense, there are plenty of signs around the highways connecting to Mildura to let you know which way to go.

RE: Crikey!
By MadMan007 on 12/10/2012 2:20:59 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh...poor Clownpuncher is dating himself with the pop culture reference:

RE: Crikey!
By ClownPuncher on 12/10/2012 2:57:12 PM , Rating: 3
Right... Seinfeld made that one up....

Maybe you should ask an Australian where it is from.

RE: Crikey!
By MadMan007 on 12/10/2012 3:38:02 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say Seinfeld made it up, jsut that it's a pop culture reference. Last time I try to (possibly) help explain something on someone's behalf on the internet, but you're welcome anyway.

RE: Crikey!
By StevoLincolnite on 12/10/2012 3:59:48 PM , Rating: 3
I'm aware of the reference, I am Australian after all.

RE: Crikey!
By ClownPuncher on 12/10/2012 5:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
Heh, thanks. It's actually a real court case that was finally "solved" just last year in Australia.

RE: Crikey!
By marvdmartian on 12/10/2012 3:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the fact that, generally speaking, dingoes are not known to speak, English or otherwise. Unless, of course, you've been pounding the Fosters!

RE: Crikey!
By Paj on 12/11/2012 8:28:12 AM , Rating: 2
If you ever come to Australia, the last thing you should be worried about is the Dingo. :)

Damn straight. Drop bears are pretty active around that area, Id be way more worried about those.

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