As if there weren't enough problems with Apple Maps, Australian police now say that the universally panned app places the remote town of Mildura so far from its correct location that it could result in tourists actually dying if they get stranded.
Victoria Police say that in the past two months they have rescued six people who were lost in the Murray Sunset National Park while trying to get to Mildura - more than 70 kilometres away.To put this in perspective--45 degrees Celsius is 113 degrees Fahrenheit. According to an alert by Victoria Police, the park has no water supply of its own and cell phone reception is spotty at best, forcing stranded tourists to walk long distances so they can call for help.
Inspector Simon Clemence says he is concerned people using the Apple Maps app could find themselves in trouble.
"If it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die," he said.
"It's quite a dangerous situation, so we would be calling for people not to use the new Apple iPhone mapping system if they're travelling from South Australia to Mildura."
Wired reports that Apple seems to have issued an update that sends you to the right location.
Apple Maps has been deservedly panned. But this is the first time on record that it's actually put people in real danger. No word yet on whether similar incidents have happened in the States. Still, this should be a sign to Apple that it needs to tear Maps up and start over again. Or at the very least go back to the Google-powered version.