Australian police issue Apple Maps warning

iPad iPhone5, iOS6, Maps (Apple)

iPad iPhone5, iOS6, Maps (Apple)

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, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

Police in Mildura, in the Australian state of Victoria are urging motorists not to use the iPhone 5's mapping system after a number of visitors to the region using the system were sent 70km in the wrong direction and ended up stranded.

Mildura police have carried out tests on Apple's iOS Maps systems after being called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhones.

The tests confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura and in an area where temperatures often reach 46° C and where there is no water supply. Compounding the problem is the fact that mobile phone reception is very poor in the region and some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and having walked long distances through dangerous terrain in search of better phone reception.

Police have contacted Apple about their concerns and are urging visitors to Victoria not to rely on a single form of mapping or satellite navigation when planning their journey.

When Apple released its own mapping software in September, it was universally panned by critics who noticed numerous mistakes and that it didn't contain many of the features that iPhone and iPad users had become accustomed to with Google Maps which, until the iPhone 5's launch, had been the default mapping software for Apple's mobile devices. In a round of high-profile interviews with NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek last week, the company's CEO, Tim Cook, admitted that Apple had "screwed up" with its software and pledged that the company was working day and night to improve the service.


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