Police on Apple iOS 6 after Google maps removal

By Alan Ng - Dec 11, 2012

Are you still patiently holding out for Google to answer your prayers with an effective maps app on iOS 6? At the moment, many consumers believe that Apple’s own iOS 6 Maps app isn’t doing a good enough job and all eyes are currently on whether Google’s upcoming map will be approved by Apple’s app store review process and become the number one competitor to Apple’s service. As for the current situation regarding iOS 6 Maps, it looks like Apple has run into even more problems, with even the police having to intervene in one case of incorrect data for iPhone users in Australia.

It’s no secret that Apple’s maps on iOS 6 hasn’t been the most accurate in bringing up the correct data 100 percent of the time. One of the biggest complaints that consumers have been moaning about is the fact that results produce wrong data and that is obviously a major problem for a service that needs to be perfect every time.

Consumers perhaps now realize how efficient the old Google maps on iOS 5 application actually was, as although it wasn’t necessarily easy on the eye – it did get the fundamental job done, a problem which Apple appears to be having difficulty matching. If you have been searching for the latest status on Google’s own mapping solution for iOS 6, you probably would have noticed one case in Australia where some users were being sent to an incorrect location, an area which is apparently a health risk due to the overwhelming temperatures.

That location is the city of Mildura in Australia, as police have sent out a warning that there was an initially a problem with Apple’s maps app which was sending users to the wrong place – around 70km away according to this local report. The inaccuracy with the data meant that users were stranded in a place with ‘no food or water for 24 hours’ – obviously an issue which Apple doesn’t want to be held responsible for.

Luckily, we’re hearing that Apple has responded immediately and have already fixed the problem so that users who search for Mildura will now be directed to the correct location. There has been no official statement or apology on the matter yet, so it will be interesting to see if Apple says anything else before the end of the week.

Does this situation just reinforce the need for Google Maps on iOS 6 even more? Let us know if you have had any recent experience of Apple Maps showing incorrect data or not.

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