Police in Australia say Apple Maps is potentially life-threatening
Police have put out a warning to those using Apple Maps in iOS 6, that some motorists following the application's directions to Mildura, Victoria have actually ended up with no food, water or cell service for more than 24 hours while getting lost in an extremely dangerous area. Inspector Simon Clemmence of Victoria Police says that six vehicles had contacted the police for help after getting lost using Apple Maps, including one man who had to walk more than 24 hours before he was able to make a call on his handset. Clemmence said that it was not as hot that day, or else the man never would have made it. And with the summer approaching in the country, the police sent an e-mail to Apple last Monday to warn them of the flaw, but as of Sunday it had not been fixed.
Interestingly, most of the drivers were not tourists, but were natives trying to get to Mildura or heading to Sydney through the city. Clemmence added that it took more than a day for the Victoria Police to figure out how to contact Apple, before finding a police only email address for the tech titan.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized for the problems with Apple Maps, suggesting that iOS 6 users switch to other mapping services until Apple Maps is fixed. The company has looked at hiring former Google Maps workers and has fired some executives responsible for the application.
"These are just family cars that are being directed up these roads. They turn into sandy tracks and they get stuck… Some people just trust the technology. Any sat-nav is going to give you errors, but this one in particular is giving us a big one that may end up in a loss of life."-Inspector Simon Clemmence, Victoria Police
source: VictoriaPoliceNews via Forbes
1. radeon (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Apple's revolutionary way of teaching survival tactics to it's valued customers
8. MeoCao (unregistered)
There can be some people died b-c of Apple maps already b-c only the survivors lived to tell their stories.
I think Apple maps must be banned until the authorities are certain that all life threatening errors are fixed.
15. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
The problem is not alone within the app itself. I mean, seriously, it's the iPeople who keeps on using it. Why force themselves to use this crappy map app when they know it's faulty in the first place? Geez..
22. MeoCao (unregistered)
I see yr point, but many people don't have as much info as us geeks, they will simply use the DEFAULT thing and that's not their fault.
44. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
apple does have another solution :)
remove apple maps, take their pride and stick it up their candy-a$$ and revert to google maps :)
32. darkkjedii (Posts: 10080; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
So instead of a simple update, u want apple banned. Why don't u go to Cupertino, stand outside of apple HQ, and stand behind your words like a real protester. Or STFU, and continue your pointless bashing of apple on PA.
40. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
What part in my post did I mention about banning the iPhone? If it's simple update that you're looking for then Apple could've done that prior to the release of iOS 5 and shoving their own half-baked map app to the iPhone 5. None of these would've happened if the map app was good enough to live up to people's expectation in the first place.
Try to understand one's point first before you respond with pointless replies like that.
41. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@darkii That is actually a great idea. I am genuinely surprised there isn't/wasn't an Occupy-style movement for apple
28. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
people are getting lost and you think this is a good news??
33. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Your still unsmart to understand this post™®©
37. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Well they're apple fans so really nothing of value was lost (pun intended).
2. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)
Take off the damn map altogether, its dangerous everywhere not just Australia, people can drive off bridges or worst still end up in a shooting range!
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
But I'm still enjoying the Apple map, it has siri integration so that I don't need to walk while looking my phone, I just listen what siri says and I believe siri won't trick me :(
Please Mr police, don't banned the Apple map :(
5. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
My phone, still running Gingerbread, has the option for voice navigation on its Google maps application. I really don't see how Siri's ability to speak is anything special.
6. caseball2051 (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
wendy you must live a sad life to come on here all the time and post such nonsensical drivel.
12. MixMaster (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)
My God you really have been brainwashed! You keep comenting at every single article from this site praising Apple and begging them to take the money you do not have. I bet you even masturbate at a picture of an iphone concept! Damn!
42. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@mixmaster in fairness, not all of user "wendygarett"'s posts are pro apple.
16. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
and here i thought your comments were staring to mature.....
21. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
I wish you really use iOS6 apple Maps and spare the Phonearena articles...
23. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
i know one thing & dat is Apple FANS r tru liers.
oopps sorry new innovation ilie. Now tell apple to patent it!
30. wendygarett (unregistered)
so you understand me? cool lol
43. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
If you are being sarcastic, please use the "/s" tag at the end of your posts. Some fill genuinely believe what some people are sarcastic about.
4. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
This is a classic case of natural selection, if you know what I mean. LOL
10. MeoCao (unregistered)
Great idea, I think we should send Tim Cook to the Aussie Outback with no supplies and let him find way back to civilization using Apple Maps.
14. schinnak (Posts: 79; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
LOL! Good one. Made my otherwise gloomy Monday at office :-)))
7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
It would be funny to see iPhone users suing apple for the misleading ios6 maps
31. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Apple will sue them for suing them, sueception!!
35. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 880; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
apple would be like we warned so you have no choice
11. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
First people got ilost but now they will be idead. If they aren't idead then they will turn into Bear Grylls.
13. Defaramade (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Wendy how sure are u dat siri won't trick u ?
17. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
hahahahahahahaha... it totally deserved its place in the 20 dumbest list.
19. whysoserious (Posts: 316; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Goes well with the dumbest people on earth who still relies on it despite the fact of it being faulty.
"Oh look mom! We're lost in the middle of nowhere and there are snakes and scorpions everywhere! But no worries, we're using iPhone 5 so we're still cool."
18. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Apple is using its consumers as baitatesters...
26. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Pretty bad when the locals are getting lost on their own home turf.
29. angelesmec (unregistered)
This is not good..to be killed by relying on this kind of mapping service.
34. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
i check all my town data when using google maps. i don't want any error with the map.
i know google have good reputation but people sometimes made mistake.
even when i use nokia maps sometimes i found an error. map say i walk in the river not road.
just try check all your town data for apple maps, before its to late,
36. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 880; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
when it says you were in the river not the road that is possibly an error with the signal locating you not the maps
38. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Tim Cook: "you're using it wrong! Everyone knows there is no proper or practical use for apple maps
39. neurobiologist (Posts: 65; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
How unprofessionally is that, to present untested by yourself product. How hard was that for the company to spend one day while playing with dummy requests from all other the world to see the problem and hold presentation?