Australian police are warning the people down there to stop using Apple's terrible maps program, because the app is so worthless that people could easily die if they believe the ridiculous maps have any connection to earthly reality. For example, Apple Maps is telling gullible Australians that an entire city, Mildura, is hidden within a vast and terrible wilderness 44 miles away from the actual city.
Do people really do this? Follow a map on their iPhone into the middle of nowhere with the expectation that an entire city will suddenly appear if they just keep driving in the direction the phone tells them to go? In Australia, the answer is "of course."
Although I appreciate the problems with Apple Maps, this Australian story — as is implied by Layne — is woefully overblown. For years, GPS devices have led confused drivers into lakes, rivers, and hostile Czechoslovakian backroads. Apple's broken Maps doing the same thing should not be treated with "I told you so!" journalism.
Apple Maps are unquestionably lacking, but, as we've been repeatedly assured, they are being worked on. I don't want to apologize for Apple's failures with its mapping solution, but I'm just tired of hearing people repeat the same problems over and over. Particularly when there's so much precedence for moronic user error when it comes to digital mapping.
Looking at a map and seeing you're clearly being pointed toward the wrong destination is concerning, but what's far more concerning is the baffling inability to read that map in the first place. Although the iPhone provided inaccurate information, driving dozens of miles into what is obviously nowhere seems more the fault of the user than the phone.
Yes, Apple Maps require much more work. We're all aware of the flaws therein. But, please, let's stop furiously rubbing our hands together over a situation which has been covered to the point of ridiculousness.
Rather than drum up hyperbole over Apple's murderous maps, why not preach caution over the usage of any and all maps when traveling through hostile regions anywhere in the world? Seems far more reasonable.