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Australia police discourage use
of Apple maps app after rescues

CNET News, by Steven Musil

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Posted By:SourKraut, 12/10/2012 10:04:29 AM

Apple recognized a few months ago that its iOS map app was so inefficient that it encouraged use of competing apps. Now police in Australia are suggesting that such a move might save the lives of motorists Down Under. Police in Victoria, Australia, issued a warning Monday discouraging iPhone users from relying on Apple´s map app after rescuing several people who became stranded in recent weeks in the wilderness following the app´s directions

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Blind adherance to the ´latest and greatest´ with tragic results.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 12/10/2012 10:53:07 AM     (No. 9057656)

Looks like Apple picked their map app(le) a little green.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Proud2bninfidel, 12/10/2012 11:04:35 AM     (No. 9057677)

shouldn´t take rescuers 24 hours to find them.

just use the same app and destination and they will be lead right to the lost folks.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: skedaddle, 12/10/2012 11:08:25 AM     (No. 9057684)

And this is why I still have paper maps and also familiarize myself with where I´m going before I get in the car. GPS seems to be an efficient sheep training system.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/10/2012 11:10:03 AM     (No. 9057688)

I´ve been using a Garmin device in my truck for years and it is dead on the money every time.

Since getting the iPhone5 I´ve used it´s maps for guidance 4 or 5 times and it has been wrong every single time, sometimes a 1/4 mile or more off the mark.

Apple, instead of encouraging us to use other maps should just fix the one they have and be embarrassed at the map they´ve offered.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: viking diver, 12/10/2012 11:35:59 AM     (No. 9057726)

I have 2 or 3 different map apps all which work very good and blow apple´s app out of the water. some even have turn by turn voice for free.... As the previous poster pointed out, get a paper map and familiarize yourself and don´t blindly follow a GPS. Looking at a map and knowing traffic patterns you can save yourself time and headaches by using a different route than the suggested one. Just saying

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Reply 6 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/10/2012 11:54:26 AM     (No. 9057754)

When I updated the iOS on my iPad, it replaced my Google Maps with Apple´s Maps. Apple has acknowledged that it´s not up to snuff, but they decided for me anyway. I love my Apple devices, but I hate it when they do stuff like this.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TheGrandWahzoo, 12/10/2012 11:55:56 AM     (No. 9057759)

isheep!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/10/2012 12:03:56 PM     (No. 9057775)

#4 -- how about we choose which app we want to use, leaving Apple out of the decision? If they can fix it, fine -- fix it. In the meantime, and until their own offering is much improved, I´d rather not even have it on my device. I want the Google Maps app back.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/10/2012 12:05:40 PM     (No. 9057780)

"Technology made me drive into a lake!" (paraphrase from The Office)

Anyone who hasn´t been sent to a dead end and told to turn right or left by a GPS hasn´t really used them much.

After the EMP we´ll all be digging out our paper maps anyway.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dipi, 12/10/2012 12:38:37 PM     (No. 9057828)

Apple should have fixed this problem already.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 12/10/2012 4:03:50 PM     (No. 9058214)

This is Apple without Jobs.
I´ll give them 5 years before they burn through their cash....


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Reply 12 - Posted by: vesicant, 12/10/2012 5:08:48 PM     (No. 9058352)

Hmmm, that looks like a gigantic desert up ahead, but nah, I´ll just keep going until the nice lady says something.

Darwin Award candidates, every one.

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