Authorities in Australia have warned motorists not to trust Apple’s new Maps program, as its incorrect maps and shitty directions my cause bodily harm or death. One wrong turn on the way to grandma’s house and suddenly you’re flying off a cliff into a den of deadly alligators and poisonous spiders. It is Australia after all… that could really happen.
In the county of Hsinchu, Taiwan, the Taiwanese government has… er had… a top secret radar range to detect incoming Chinese missiles. It’s apparently been unknown to the outside world until Apple’s goofy Maps came along and showed the location of the radar range off as clear as day for all to see. Whoopsie.
Ever since Steve Jobs’ return from NEXT put him back in the CEO chair during Apple’s second coming, the company’s unofficial motto has been “It just works”. But Siri didn’t just work and the new Maps app is sort of crappy, especially if you live or travel outside the US, where its directions suddenly become absolutely worthless. So today, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a public letter, apologizing for Maps and suggesting people using something like Bing or Google if they want something that just works.
It’s only been a little over 24 hours since iOS 6 dropped, bringing with it Apple’s own Maps program, and people are already getting hopelessly lost and confused by its directions. Sure it’s got Siri giving you turn by turn directions and pretty vectorized 3D graphics, but if it gets you lost, it’s not very good. It’s got one job…