Taiwan demands that Apple Maps obscure missile defense system images

By , Oct 9, 2012

Trashing Apple’s iOS 6 Maps has become a norm these days, so it’s good to know that some people are quite concerned by the precision and quality of satellite imagery Apple’s using for the feature. According to a new report, The Taiwanese government wants Apple to blur the images of its brand spanking new early warning radar station, located near the Hsinchu Airbase in northern Taiwan and worth $1.4 billion…

The Next Web points us to a Taiwan News report quoting the Defense Ministry spokesperson David Lo who confirmed the government asked Apple to blur satellite images of its new facility.

The new radar station is reported to be located near the Hsinchu Air Base in northern Taiwan. In our tests, we saw that Apple’s Maps are already showing a clouded area around the base, but we are unable to confirm if Apple has obscured it following the official request.

“So Maps is good then”, The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple sarcastically noted.

As seen in the top image, Google Maps don’t show an obscured area similar to Apple.

David also urged Apple to follow Google in using only low-res satellite imagery to show sensitive facilities.

According to Associated Press, the installation can monitor targets, determine their speeds and fire missiles to intercept them. It’s built with U.S. technology and expected to go online later this year.

In September, a report slammed Apple Maps over use of high-resolution images of a maximum security prison in Turkey. While Google Maps obscure sensitive locations, maps from Apple and Nokia typically do not.

The Verge has a nice comparison of high-resolution satellite imagery seen in Apple Maps and Nokia Maps, but blurred in Google Maps, including Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and NATO’s airbase in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

Google was there in years past, of course.

However, following accusations that Google Maps pose a national security risk, the search Goliath has since chosen to blur sensitive locations.

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  • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

    Lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kpango1 Kristi Pango

      Whats so funny?

      • http://twitter.com/BUSfromRUS Alexander Bus

        I’m so funny.

      • Kurt

        true

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608118567 Paul Hinks

    well they will also want to get onto google too cos that shows it very clear so if they want to be petty they should do all mapping systems lol

  • CollegiateLad

    So, Apple maps has accurate high resolution satellite imagery?

  • Techpm

    Not a great idea to tell this to the media, but hey I’m sure the Taiwanese know what they’re doing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    UM IF THEIR LAME SYSTEMS ARE VISIBLE TO BASIC SATELLITES USED BY GOOGLE THEN THEY NEED TO RETHINK THERI ENTIRE DEFENSE PROGRAM.. HOW DAMN LAME..

    • Evostance

      You realise how satellites work right, and how if ANYTHING outside is visible its going to be seen. Thats kinda how cameras and eyes work.. What do you expect they do? Build a big tent over it?

      • Faris

        Lol, it will be funny if they build a big tent.

      • Kurt

        and with your logic, do you think they go to enemy states and ask them to blur the pictures from their satellites?

      • Evostance

        Do you know how these things work.. Theres several satellites owned by various businesses who produce the images. Companies then go to them and buy a license to use their imagery.

        Apple, Google etc are a business, not a state. Google blocks imagery all around the world at request. Politics has nothing to do with it

      • Kurt

        i do, and you got half of it right…the half i wasn’t talking about. the other half you didnt mention was military satellites.

        n2yo(dot)com/satellites/?c=30

        i accept your apology

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf

      Please, learn writing without Capslock.

      • Kurt

        mr. Raindeer…its “Please, learn to write [type] without caps lock.” when adding -ing to a verb in present continuous one must use the verb to be in conjunction.

        now quite being a damn troll. you have only two comments and you were rude to two people.

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf

        Haha, shut the fuck up, you dumb kid.
        And a shame that you don’t know me.

  • http://twitter.com/xXJeanmarchpXx JeanMarc

    Yeah like apple maps have high resolution images

  • Kurt

    hows area 51? blurred?

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.eden Corey Eden

      Area 51 has been declassified. Everyone knows its there, so they don’t bother obscuring it.

      • Kurt

        nice…i didnt know that. i remember years ago checking it out. thanks for the heads up, ill go check it out soon. see if i can find some aliens or catch elivs walking around