Apple Maps Users Get Lost in Australian Wilderness

Apple's decision to replace Google's mapping service with an error-plagued native app is causing motorists to stray in dangerous terrain in Australia. Local police in Mildura, Australia, have issued warnings after faulty directions from Apple Maps placed a number of travelers in a potentially life threatening situation. Apple Maps shows the city of Mildura as being in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, about 70 kilometers from where it should be.

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  • Some of the travelers rescued by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food and water, and walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get reception.
  • Apple Maps is a key addition to iOS 6, which is the built-in operating system of the iPhone 5. Owners of older devices who stuck with iOS 5 still have access to the Google Maps app.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook in September formally apologized for issues surrounding Apple Maps and recommended that iPhone and iPad owners instead use Bing, Google, or Nokia maps in the meantime.

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While Apple has apologized already for the state of it's mapping system it seems what they did to fix it is not enough. - Kevin Everett, Daily Mobile  
Police issue warning after Apple Maps leads drivers astray in Australian wilderness  

Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura

Mildura Police warn drivers against relying on Apple iOS 6 maps  

Apple replaced the previous, Google-fed iOS Maps app with in iOS 6 with a new, better looking, worse working app.

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Apple fired the manager who oversaw the Maps team last month and many have also speculated that the October resignation of Scott Forstall, the SVP of iOS Software, was related to the furor.

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