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Police warn against using Apple Maps in Australia


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Australian police have warned that using Apple Maps may be dangerous.

Police authorities of Victoria, south-west Australia, have warned motorists not to rely on Apple Maps when using their iPhones and iPads to navigate. This follows a number of incidents where motorists have found themselves stranded in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park.

Apparently, Apple Maps's latest geography-warping glitch involves placing the city of Mildura smack bang in the middle of the aforementioned national park. That's approximately 70 kilometres (43 miles) away from its actual position north-east of the park.

According to a statement on the Victoria Police website, some motorists "have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception."

This is especially concerning given the fact that temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, and with no water supply to the park police are calling it "a potentially life threatening issue."

Victoria Police have contacted Apple about the issue, but recommend that "anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified."

Apple introduced its Apple Maps app with the launch of iOS 6 on September 19. It replaced the outgoing Google Maps app, but reports swiftly flooded in of inaccuracies and glitches, and Apple soon admitted that the app wasn't finished.

It has led to the recent sacking of the Apple Maps manager, as well as reportedly playing a part in the downfall of Apple software chief Scott Forstall. It also resulted in a humiliating apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who even recommended using one of his company's rival services (yes, including Google Maps) until Apple had the issue fixed.

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December 10, 2012, 4:45 pm

Hahaha :)

Seriously, you would have thought that these people would have at least checked a proper map before embarking on an (unsealed) road into the conservation reserve. I've camped up there and I can tell you that it can get very hot, very quickly. There aren't any crocs this far south but there are plenty of snakes & spiders that'll do you no good!

Darwin awards...

Martin Daler

December 10, 2012, 10:16 pm

maybe they thought Apple was a proper company providing proper maps? All you can go by is the reputation of the company. And you ought to be able to rely on a name like Apple - at least I guess that is how they would like to be viewed.

That said, I want a map that did not depend on a battery and a data connection and a device able to function in 40 degree heat.

Mike B

December 11, 2012, 12:53 am

Considering the map data is allegedly supplied by TomTom should they also advise not to use TomTom products?

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