Apple quietly fixes dangerous Maps glitch in Australia

By , Dec 10, 2012

Apple’s Maps app took another hit earlier today, when word got out that police in Victoria, Australia had issued a public warning regarding the software. Apparently, they had been receiving a number of calls from travelers who were getting lost in a nearby National Park due to the app’s inaccurate data.

The problem was that the town of Mildura was showing up in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park, about 43 miles south of its actual location. And since the Park has maze-like roadways, poor cell reception and no water supply, this was a potentially dangerous situation. But don’t worry Apple is on it…

In fact, it seems it has already corrected the problem. As noted by The Guardian (via Cult of Mac), Apple has quietly redrawn Australia in its Maps app today to show Mildura in its correct location. Interestingly enough, my iPhone 5 is still showing incorrect spot, but my iPad has updated with the correct one.

“The iPhone maker updated the given location on Monday following widespread coverage of the problem. A search for Mildura now points to the middle of the town in the state of Victoria. At the time of writing it also showed an incorrect location near the edge of the park called Mildura – but that does not show up in searches.”

Now, all of this may not seem like a very big deal, but it’s obviously been causing some serious problems for travelers. In fact, Victoria PD say one man was stranded in Murray Sunset National Park, the 2nd largest in the country, for 24 hours last week in temperatures of up to 46C (114.8 F) without food or water.

This isn’t the first time Apple has had to answer to Maps complaints. Despite numerous warnings from developers, it released the in-house, bug-ridden Maps app to the public in September alongside iOS 6, and it has since been the topic of criticism. It’s also believed to be the cause of multiple executive firings.

Tim Cook has already apologized for Maps’ flaws, and has promised to put the weight of his company behind correcting them. But the question is, how long does Apple have before the negative perceptions of the app are irreversible? Or is it already too late?

What do you think?

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  • charlie

    anyone get lost?go and tell crapple to fix it before you die in the jungle

  • M L

    You are like crabs…you never go away and are annoying as hell.

    • charlie

      annoying?hey this problem is real, people get lost for over 24 hours in the middle of nowhere with no water and food and temperatures up to 48C.
      What if you were in their position??do you still defend crapple?i bet on you

      • http://twitter.com/rlmeena Roshan

        good point.

      • charlie

        i just said this is real problem and major problem for $948 device, android never had major problem like this, crapple bullshit

      • M L

        If someone is stupid enough to go on a road trip with no food and water in their vehicle, into the woods….well….then they just might be as stupid as you.

    • amalayer11

      and you’re like a pea brain fantard! stupid as hell

  • http://www.facebook.com/gauravpreet Gauravpreet Singh

    its totally unreliable, In my city it shows a railway station in the sea.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

      Maybe because apple dont give a fuck sbout india?

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Can’t tell if trying to be funny or extremely mentally challenged.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

        Just speaking the truth

      • Ali

        Or maybe you can fuck off?

    • charlie

      hehehe

    • Tr1pTr0p

      Global warming, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.kirton.9 Dillon Kirton

    honesty, you dont see this on Google Maps. Stupid people buying iPhones

    • RarestName

      In that case, I’d rather be “stupid”.

      I don’t spend my entire time on my phone on the maps application.

      • RarestName

        I don’t actually play games, I’m more on Twitter (for fun), Dropbox and iFile (for school work), Reminders (for setting up reminders, duh), Messages for text messaging, YouTube and AcePlayer (to watch videos) and the web browser to surf the web.

        Cydia to install tweaks, iFile to for theming purposes, and WhatsApp for cross-platform messaging.

        At least I don’t go around Android blogs to trash talk the people there. The most that I’ll do is to state my opinion on what I feel about the product and not the people that like the product. The people never did anything wrong to me, so why should I insult them for no reason in the first place? So please think about who’s childish again.

        I’m not even pro-Apple. In fact, I don’t like the way Apple handles competition. But I like their operating system. I like Android, but I like iOS more, is that a problem? You’ve got a problem with other people’s personal preferences?

        I dislike people like you who are big bloody hypocrites. On one side, you say that Apple’s user base consists of blind and arrogant users. Yet, you go around and leave arrogant insults on people that you don’t know and refuse to take in any criticism even if they are true, ignoring the flaws of the product that you worship. You guys go around calling every person that have different preferences fanboys, when you guys are the real fanboys, going around bashing on other people who use different ones that yours. Want to make it worse? Say that you have the competitor’s product, and say it sucks when in reality, it’s only your own opinion!

        I actually still have Google Maps, and I don’t even use that often.

        Hate Apple all you want, I don’t give a damn, but don’t ever, EVER insult people that you know nothing about.

      • charlie

        you are right, because you dont have any android device, so that is the right thing you don’t trash talk to android blog.

    • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

      Well, it’s a minor problem compared to the shhtload of malware and ugly interface on android. At least we could use the browser based alternative

      • charlie

        crapple UI never changed for what 5 – 7 years??how come??only notification bar??hmm i think crapple copied from green robots for that

      • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

        why change a good UI? Android has to do it just because they’re desperate to hide its uglyness

    • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

      Hey trolling Fandroid, are you telling me there were ZERO problems when Google Maps released v1.0 of their Maps?

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    I really think Apple should approve the pending Google Maps app if only to divert the focus from their in-house maps. They could then quietly bring it up to par. Even if many switch to Google Maps, I believe eventually they’ll switch back to iOS Maps (granted, it’s comparable to Google’s) for its convenience and system-wide integration. It’s a win-win for everyone, in my opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

      Is there something you know Warren, that the rest of the world doesn’t?

      Last time Google was asked about a Maps App, they denied there was one.
      Last time Apple was asked about a Maps App, they denied there was one.

      What information do you have that PROVES Apple is sitting on a Google Maps App that has not been approved–in your opinion?

      • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

        What information do you have that PROVES Apple is NOT sitting on a Google Maps app? Of course, I don’t know for sure if Google is working on a standalone app but in my opinion they’d be a fool not too, especially after the large user base they lost (and will continue to) since the release of iOS 6.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Of course, answer a question with a question.
        Not just is that the easiest cop out for a reply but also shows you have nothing more then a “I know you are, but what am I” mentality.

        Both Google and Apple have come out and said there is no Google Maps App, that’s what information I have that PROVES Apple is NOT sitting on a Google Maps App.

      • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

        I did answer the question, apparently you didn’t read the full comment. Seeing as I’m sure you don’t have a signed document from Apple or Google, there’s no way you can prove anything. I’m inclined to believe that there is a Google Maps app in the works. You’re free to think otherwise.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Several interviews have been conducted by “senior staff” at both Apple and Google which say that there have been no Map Apps submitted nor does Apple have any to approve.

        End. Of. Story.

      • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

        Looks like I owe you an apology… Seems there IS a Maps App after all.

  • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

    After all the buzz about apple maps the people still follow its directions? This time it’s the users fault, heh

  • http://www.facebook.com/SilberBlau David Markham

    This almighty lemon of an App is precisely why I point-blank refuse to upgrade from iOS 5.1.1. Bear in mind too, that this particular fiasco is not actually ‘fixed’ yet; not in the proper sense of the word anyway. You see, whilst people travelling the Adelaide-Mildura route have been attended to, those travelling to Mildura from Melbourne must STILL use alternative GPS-software.
    When, and only when Google Maps is brought back onto the iOS-Platform will I even consider purchasing the iPhone-5. If that doesn’t happen by the time my 3GS is retired, I”ll be jumping straight back over to Nokia, or maybe to the new Razr.

  • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

    I’ve used the turn by turn navigation around Melbourne, and wow, was I surprised. It was perfect.

    Note: I live in a different town 45 mins from Melb.

    • http://twitter.com/jrgibson1 Jayar

      Yeah, I have to admit I have used the turn-by-turn facility in Maps while in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne (as well as walking options in South Africa–Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town) and I found it to be quite accurate.

      Where I think Apple maps falls over is outside CBD areas where people aren’t providing feedback because people don’t frequent those areas.

      • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

        Agreed. :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.hewitt.731 Kelly Hewitt

      I live in New Zealand and it worked perfectly, now that’s saying something

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

      i use tomtom nav and it great

  • Michel

    You can’t use Google maps in that park either, as I read there was no or bad cell reception in the park. Google maps is of no use in that park either.
    Why drive around in a unknown country/park without food, water, proper preparations and rely solely on Apple or Google maps? At least use a offline system or app like TomTom, Navigon, Garmin, etc. And take a paper map with you, as you can run out of power (especially when using GPS) and you’re driving around in a very remote area where you can not ask directions.

  • Tr1pTr0p

    This “trying to be independent from Google” thing bit Apple in the ass, big time. I’m incredibly glad it did! I’m sick of their arrogance!

    • Tardroid

      shutup fandroid

      • pawfyd

        Better you shut up and GTFO, you blind iSheep.

  • ridonkulous

    ‘Street view’ is why I refuse to downgrade to 6.0 from 5.0.1JB or purchase the iPhone 5, till they add that to crapple maps or approve Google Maps app, I’m still rockin my 3Gs……

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

    all apple has to do is use google maps to check apple maps location data for errors…lol

  • DJ Garcia

    Should we just start a petition to rid of apple maps and get apple to put google maps back on our idevices?

  • Peter_tom

    Still at the wrong place at my devices

  • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ Jignesh Padhiyar

    Well, this thing surely turned into an iOS vs Android debate here. As noted elsewhere, Cook agrees that the Maps app was an inglorious failure. Hope Apple rewrites Maps just like it tries to rewrite history.

    • charlie

      nice comment….