Apple Maps Aren't Just Crap, They're Downright Dangerous

We've had a good laugh at Apple's expense when it comes to Maps, and I've given the company quite a serve in the review for such a fundamental product failure in the new iPhone 5, but now it's getting serious. Apple Maps, as Robert Hills has pointed out to us, is downright dangerous.

Lets say, oh I don't know, you've been stabbed, or are having a heart attack or something. 'Quick!' you'll gasp. 'To the nearest hospital!' you'll wheeze. Let's say you were travelling in Queensland for example when this awful event occurred, you'd need say, a gadget to help you locate the nearest medical facility. If you were near the state capital, you'd make your way to Brisbane Hospital. If you're using iOS 6 Maps, you won't find medical aid where the map takes you. No, instead you'll find someone's house.

It's a nice house, but it's probably not one trained to pull sharp things out of you or give you the medication you need to keep on keeping on.

Here's how it works:

For some reason, Apple Maps seems to think that there's a Yeronga Hospital at 22 Riverview Place, Yeronga 4104, Queensland. When you're in the area and search for "hospital", that's what comes up. Checking it on Google Street View, though, reveals an ordinary house in a sleepy Queensland suburb. Oh dear.

My recommendation? Go get Google Earth for iOS until this mapping atrocity is rectified.

Thanks Robert for sending this in.


Comments

    This story should pump your page views for the week up a bit more, Luke. Steve Jobs wouldn't have ever released these maps, would he?!?

      no teve would have let it go, he'd just say the users where holding it wrong

    I live on a lake my house. Now show up. In the water.

    Ok.. so obviously worst case.. and yes you'd probably just call 000 rather than drive yourself to hospital in an emergency.. but yes.. it is pretty darn bad the way it is now. They really need to have allowed for other maps until they were up to scratch.. Maybe in iOS7 or something down the track..iMaps is just not ready for live yet.

    how are people like Julie trying to defend this? it's just absolute rubbish! I've ditched apple and more than happy about going to Android.

    http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/

    Amazing, these Apple followers would die just to prove their maps isn't broken. LOL

    SERIOUSLY.... "it's a phone you idiot call the hospital and ask for directions"

    You sir are a moron.

      In cult live behaviour the followers are VERY dedicated. Would you like some Kool-Aid Rev. Jones ?

    I just decided to search for a hospital in my home town; Colchester in the UK. It completely fails to find or show the Essex County Hospital, but does show (in the wrong location) the Hospital Arms pub, 200m down the road.

    It also fails to show my old school, Colchester Royal Grammar School. It's only been there since the early 1500s, so maybe that update hasn't been processed yet.

    If you can't code buy the people who built a working map program
    http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/23/source-apple-aggressively-recruiting-ex-google-maps-staff-to-build-out-ios-maps/

    Gotta love that if you point out a complete fail on an iphone, the apple geeks say you're just being negative. Well the whole iphone 5 is a complete fail seeing that Apple have promoted themselves as the market leaders in gadgets for years, yet 2 phones that have been out most of this year already have way better specs than the iphone 5 (Samsung SIII and the HTC One XL). Pull your head out Apple geeks, and remember you originally loved Apple coz they were market leaders and innovators........don't keep defending a company that's obviously falling behind........

    Lol. Good luck turning up at a private hospital having a heart attack.

    "Oh dear, a real sick person - please go away"

    How about calling the ambulance??

    There WAS once a millitary hospital in that location MANY years ago. It was actually the house across the road from the one inicated. The big one. You got a history lesson from Apple.

    Thought this was the best comment on the issue so far and was worth putting up:
    Re: Apple maps very disappointing
    created by Doug Lerner2 in Using iPhone - View the full discussion
    I understand what you are saying, but I "like" rather than "love" my Apple products. Looking at them objectively, I also see quality issues (both hardware and software), and in this particular instance I feel like I'm being taken for granted by Apple.

    If it were an open source product there would be more appeal to the "work as a community to build the database" idea. But for the most profitable, valuable proprietary company in the world I'd rather have them spend some of their $80 billion in cash reserves and do it for me.

    You know what I mean?

    doug

    Um what happened to knowing where the hospital was before needing it, thats just common sense, but I guess most people don't have any common sense. If it dosn't come from a little magic box it's just not right.
    Before anyone calls me a luddite, I'm not, I love technology, I have an Android phone, only cost me $100 but it can open and play a flash video link on a web page or email, my mate with an iPhone keeps whinging his won't, multiple computers, running a mixture of win 7, win8 and linux. I just believe people should use their own brains and not rely on technology. Buy a map for christ sakes, works when your phones flat, only costs a couple of dollars, and most maps are accurate for years unless your in Perth, and that bloody place is different every time I go there

    You shouldn't have posted their address without their permission (unless you got their permission), I wouldn't want my address on an article where hundreds/thousands of people can see it. Although the article was pretty good. Please remove that address, it's common courtesy

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