New Apple iPhones Got Maps Glitch, Says Australian Police

New Apple iPhones Got Maps Glitch, Says Australian Police -- If you just acquired a new iPhone unit from the new releases of Apple, you really need to take a deep precaution on the map apps in it - one of the highlighted iPhone 5 specs coming along.Whereas in Sydney, police authorities warned motorists about using the said map portal after rescuing people who got stranded in the wilderness due to map location errors.
iPhone 5 maps app glitches
The same issue has been featured and discussed some 3 months ago by Christian Zibreg of iDownloadBlog.

Police said some drivers were sent off to an already beaten track instead of the their desired destination. They were sent to the middle of a national park instead.
Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees Celsius (114 F), making this a potentially life threatening issue
Authorities tested the map app and found out that the actual location of a place can be about 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from what is pointed out by the map. Really, a 70km offset from your supposed destination is not a joke.

In the recent week in Victoria, 6 motorists were rescued from a park because of following directions on their iPhones. Some of them were even stranded for up to 24 hours without food and water. Said one of the rescued resident:
If it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die
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
Sometime in September, Apple already sent their apologies to the users of the newly released iPhone 5, wherein its maps application is full of glitches. Since it thrown away Google Maps from its mapping platform, iPhone 5's mapping app system omitted some key landmarks. There is failure in showing the right locations and directions.

Until corrected and addressed accordingly, Victoria Police asked the motorists to use other forms of mapping.



  1. Cellphones have become our lifeline! We couldn't live without them!!! Manufacturers should make sure they are doing their JOBS! Recall!!! :)

  2. oh my.. this is a serious problem.. they must recall their units.. tsk tsk tsk..

  3. It only shows that nothing is perfect. Glitches will help Apple to be more productive, innovative and extra careful. I'm not an apple fan but people should not depend on one availability -- just saying. :)

  4. Scary! How come it passed Apple's QC? Though it rarely happens, people depend on maps for their very lives. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

  5. Did they also fixed the camera in the iPhone5? I'm not a consumer but they always negative feedback since Steve Jobs gone.

  6. Oh wow. Good thing I saw this post as I was considering to get an IPhone and Google maps is an important app for me. Is there feedback when do they plan to fix this problem? You mentioned Apple apologized but after that, what did they do to solve the problem.

  7. I read somewhere that Google Maps is now back on iTunes, meaning users can now download the app. Good move for Apple

  8. Ha! Good post, man. This map issue is Apple's biggest monkey for Q4 in my opinion (let's not even get me started on the "innovative" iPhone 5 launch). What a horrible way to 'upgrade' and at such a bad timing too - right when Google Maps appear flawless on Android devices.

    And you're right; I'd even complain about a 20m offset, let alone 70km!

  9. Alwin,
    I read similar article too, i think that was yesterday. iPhone users can now download Google Maps.

  10. Maybe that's the disadvantage of coming up with higher version one after the other. They seem to rush things so, this will definitely result to defective applications and imperfect features.

  11. Yet another set of complains on the maps. Haha. I don't use iPhones. I prefer Samsung. :)

  12. Anonymous12/16/2012

    Hmmm... I guess, Apple have already accepted that they needed Google Maps. Haha! Nice move.