Apple is facing its first significant failure in years with a major backlash against its brand new mapping service, introduced for iPhone users.
Within minutes of the launch of the iOS6 operating system, which comes preloaded with Apple Maps, users reported Paddington station had vanished, London had been relocated to Ontario, the Sears Tower in Chicago had shrunk, and Helsinki railway station had been turned into a park.
Dublin, meanwhile, has been gifted a previously undiscovered airport. The republic’s justice minister, Alan Shatter, in whose constituency the imaginary airport has been located, has made arrangements for Apple to be informed of the error. “Clearly the designation is not only wrong but is dangerously misleading; it could result in a pilot, unfamiliar with the area, attempting a landing.”
The area covered by tracks and platforms at Helsinki railway station has been mistakenly coloured green, to resemble a park.
Search for London, and the first location that appears is not London, England, but London in Ontario, Canada. Tokyo Station, one of the world’s largest train termini, has also disappeared.
The service replaces Google Maps as the default map service on the latest version Apple’s iPhone and iPad software. And since Google has not yet created a standalone mapping app, those updating their phone software to iOS6 will be left without Google Maps.
Apple revolutionised the music industry and personal computing, but its foray into cartography looks set to be less of a success. The service was created in collaboration with directories business Yelp! and TomTom, the satellite navigation device maker.
“The only way that iOS6 Maps is an improvement is if you’re looking for an Apple Store.” warned John Walton.