[LINK] Apples Maps - fail

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Thu Sep 26 10:11:57 AEST 2013

  Apple Maps Is So Bad It Will Tell You To Drive Across An Airport Runway
The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 09/25/2013 3:14 pm EDT  |  Updated: 
09/25/2013 3:38 pm EDT

Calling Apple maps a "navigation tool" is a serious misuse of the term.

The Alaska Dispatch recently reported that the map application's 
turn-by-turn directions instructed users to drive across the airport 
runway to get to the Fairbanks International Airport terminal in 
Fairbanks, Alaska. For reasons that are unnecessary to outline here, 
telling passengers to cross an active airport runway to get to their 
gate is probably pretty dangerous.

Apple has told airport officials that the error will soon be fixed, 
CNET reports. For now, directions to the airport "could not be found" 
when HuffPost editors tried to replicate the error.

Apple did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment.

Apple Maps, which debuted in June of 2012, is notorious for its 
numerous fails and glitches. The application's problems are so 
widespread that there is a Tumblr committed to chronicling as many as possible.

Though Apple Maps is still plagued by problems a year after its 
debut, there have been some noticeable upgrades in the iOS 7 version. 
As Tech Radar points out, the maps now have a night mode and 
turn-by-turn directions for pedestrians. The app can also keep track 
of the spots you visit most with a feature called "Frequent 
Locations." To turn this on, go to "Settings," then "Privacy," then 
"Location Services," then scroll down to "System Services."

Still, when it comes to apps and technology in general, remember that 
you can't always trust the machine.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com

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