December 12, 2012

UPDATE 3: Apple Maps a "Life-Threatening Issue"

Drivers in Australia were led into a national park recently by Apple Maps, stranded without water or food in the scorching 46 degree heat. To add to the citizens' problems, there was no reception in the national park, forcing them to walk up to a day to call for help. A statement by the Victoria police read, "Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life-threatening issue." Allegedly, the maps program lead motorists who were headed to Mildura to Murray Sunset National Park, which are about 70 kilometres apart. The local Mildura police have called upon motorists to "not use the Apple iPhone mapping system if they're travelling from South Australia to Mildura."

UPDATE (10 December 2012, 5:49 PM EST): Apple has now removed this "ghost city" from their maps application.

UPDATE 2 (11 December 2012, 7:32 AM EST): It appears that for people travelling from Melbourne to Mildura, this "ghost city" still appears on Apple Maps, so please exercise caution.

UPDATE 3 (12 December 2012, 11:30 PM EST): Google Maps is now once again available on iOS! This is probably due to the epic failure of Apple Maps and Tim Cook's open apology. Get on the App Store and download it now! Google Maps app includes turn by turn navigation and Mildura in the correct place.