When one thinks of Apple and its products it is usually coupled with high praise for quality and consumer appeal, however lately the company has been facing some difficult times over two of its products: Siri and Maps. Of the two, Maps has been getting the most attention as evidenced with the Australian police issuing a warning against using them.
It's not very often that Apple gets a black eye over its products, but ever since the release of Apple Maps the company has been facing a lot of criticism and has resulted in the firing of Richard Williamson, manager of the Maps team, as well as countless memes about how bad Apple Maps is.
Recently, we heard that the police in Victoria, Australia, issued a warning that people should not use Apple Maps after finding several motorists were led to the middle of a national park with high temperatures and no water.
It turns out that the people were looking for the city of Mildura, but instead found themselves in the middle of Murray Sunset National Park which is about 70 kilometers away from the city.
“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,” Victoria’s Acting Senior Sergeant Sharon Darcy noted in the warning. “Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.”
Apparently the police service has been in touch with Apple over the issue and until the problem is resolved are recommending that people use one of the other map offerings available for the iPhone.
Update: Apple has pushed out an update that corrects the problem and has Mildura in its proper place.