The government of Ireland is demanding Apple issue immediate fixes to a serious error
Apple's iOS 6, the long-awaited update to the company's popular mobile operating system, has come under some serious fire as of late. People are complaining about battery life issues and problems with the new Passbook app, but few things have gotten the public more upset than the switch from Google Maps to a in-house map application called Maps. Now, joining the chorus is the government of Ireland, which is demanding Apple issue an immediate fix to Maps due to public safety concerns.
Ireland's concern centers around a 35-acre farm called "Airfield Park" in South Dublin. The new version of Apple's Maps application takes the name Airfield Park a bit too literally, designating the public attraction as a working airport. That has country officials concerned that Airfield Park's erroneous listing may result in crashed airplanes. Says Ireland's Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, "Clearly the designation is not only wrong but is dangerously misleading in that it could result in a pilot, unfamiliar with the area, in an emergency situation and without other available information, attempting a landing. I have arranged that Apple be informed of the error and requested that it be urgently corrected."
Unfortunately for Apple, the situation at Airfield Park is not an isolated incident. Users of iOS 6 from around the world have been issuing complaint after complaint over the new Maps application, citing public and religious buildings being listed as hotels, dining recommendations at long-out-of-business restaurants, and worse.
Just as humorously, New York City locals are upset over the way their major landmarks are appearing — or not appearing, in the case of The Statue of Liberty — on Maps' new 3D mode. Brooklyn residents seem especially upset that the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, when viewed in three dimensions, appears to melt into the ground.
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