Apple's iOS 6 Maps Leads Australian Motorists to Dangerous Areas
December 10, 2012 12:11 PM
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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.
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.
Victoria Police News
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12/10/2012 7:40:28 PM
Apple has 500 million iTunes customers who have bought many, many billions of digital items quite successfully and smoothly, it has hundreds of millions of iCloud customers that use it's services quite successfully and smoothly every day, it's 'toys' sell in the hundred of millions to customers who not only queue up to buy them but consistently vote Apple the top of customer satisfaction surveys and come back for more.
All massive global tech systems has occasional glitches, especially when transitioning from one architecture to another. Apple's glitches get a lot of attention because:
a) they are the biggest tech company in the world and their execution is usually so good that mistakes and missteps stand out like a sore thumb
b) obsessed iPhobics love to talk up every glitch or misstep by Apple as a way of coping with the fact that Apple keeps growing and is not going away.
Reason (a) I can understand, reason (b) is just plain sad.
12/10/2012 8:37:42 PM
People also queue to go see Celine Dion... whats your point?
a) They are not the biggest tech company...they the most valued. ( learn the difference! )
b) If their stock price is anythign to go by... they shrinking. As far as market penetration, they have definitely made gains in the consumer space. But then again so have others at the expense of Microsoft.
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