Tourists stranded in searing heat as Apple Maps fails

Source: The Age

Motorists beware: use the new Apple Maps at your peril.

Police are "extremely concerned" at a large snafu in the program – tourists who use the new operating system iOS 6 to get to Mildura, on the Victorian-NSW border, are actually being sent 70 kilometres away to a national park.

Several motorists have become stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park, where the mercury has recently risen to 46 degrees.

"Police are extremely concerned, as there is no water supply within the park ... making this a potentially life-threatening issue," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

"Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception."

Police tests on the mapping system confirm that it identifies Mildura as being in the middle of the park.

Officers have contacted Apple and hope to have the problems resolved soon.

The spokeswoman said that anyone travelling within Victoria "should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified".

Apple has been contacted for comment.

A screengrab of the Apple Maps directions to Mildura. Source: Victoria Police

A screengrab of the Apple Maps directions to Mildura. Source: Victoria Police

Uluru, bottom right, as seen on Apple Maps. Apple's pin for it is not in the right spot.

Uluru, bottom right, as seen on Apple Maps. Apple's pin for it is not in the right spot.

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The Twofold Bay Motor Inn in Eden, NSW appears to have relocated to Penshurst.

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Geelong's gone black and white.

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Auckland in Apple Maps.

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What Australia looks like when viewed from China in Apple Maps.

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North Paramatta appears to have been renamed Baulkham Hills.

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Is that a mountain or Lake Burley Griffin?

Another shot of Lake Burley Griffin.

Another shot of Lake Burley Griffin.

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The Three Sisters in Blue Mountains NSW looks somewhat eroded on Apple Maps.

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There must not be too much around Singleton in NSW.

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This Tamworth picture framing shop is depicted as being located in Sydney's Ultimo.

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Toowoomba QLD in Apple Maps, left, and Google Maps, right.

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Cairns has been moved inland on Apple Maps.

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"Lithgow" in NSW on Apple Maps, left, and on Google Maps, right. Apple Maps lists it in the wrong place.

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River Derwent in Hobart shown on Apple Maps, left, and right on Google Maps. Apple Maps disconnects the river using land (it is not disconnected).

What Uluru looks like on Apple Maps.

What Uluru looks like on Apple Maps.

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Where Apple Maps think Kiama is located in NSW. Kiama is a coastal town.