Uh oh. Apple Maps, for all of its blurry, melting world faults, was actually a little too clear in one area: it revealed a top-secret, $US1.23 billion ultra-high-frequency radar of Taiwan for everyone to see. Um, that’s not good.
The Liberty Times, a newspaper in Taiwan, published a clear satellite picture of the top-secret, long-rage radar base in the northern county of Hsinchu, Taiwan. It was built to detect missiles that could be launched by China and wasn’t supposed to get outed in the public like that. Taiwan’s defence ministry says:
“Regarding images taken by commercial satellites, legally we can do nothing about it. But we’ll ask Apple to lower the resolution of satellite images of some confidential military establishments the way we’ve asked Google in the past.”
Taiwan’s secret radar, which was supplied by Raytheon, was probably already on China’s metaphorical radar already but it’s good (and hilarious) to know that when Apple Maps is working, it can show maps of stuff we shouldn’t be allowed to see. [Phys Org, CNET, UberGizmo]