Apple Maps could be life-threatening, Australian police warn

“Using Apple’s new maps system could be potentially life-threatening, police in Mildura, Australia, have warned, after a number of people trying to find the town of 30,000 people have become hopelessly lost in scorching temperatures,” Charles Arthur reports for The Guardian.

“One man was stranded for 24 hours last week in temperatures of up to 46 degrees centigrade, and at least three more have had to be rescued after following the directions given on Apple’s new maps, which locate Mildura far from its actual position,” Arthur reports. “‘We’ve had at least four documented cases,’ senior sargeant Stephen Phelan told the Guardian. ‘The map puts it at least 70 kilometres from where it should be. We have had people bogged down in sunset country.’”

“The Mildura police have now issued a warning on their website,” Arthur reports. “Getting lost in the park around Mildura is potentially deadly: ‘There’s no water, and you can get bogged down in the sand,’ explained Toby Prime, a reporter on the local Sunraysia Daily. ‘Temperatures go up to 46 degrees and there’s no water.’ …The warning from police means that Apple’s maps have moved from being an embarrassment, for which a number of managers were fired, to a seriously damaging problem for the company. If similar problems were to emerge in the US it could open Apple to expensive lawsuits.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom Bamford” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Heckuva job, Scottie!

No matter what Apple does, no matter how much better they make Apple Maps, it will now always “suck” in the minds of a large segment of the population… The fool(s) responsible for preparing Maps for release and then releasing it with obvious issues (overblown as they are) and therefore tainting Maps forever should face severe consequences. As in: Pink slip(s)… Apple seems to have learned nothing from the Newton: First impressions mean everything. Apple’s Maps have been Newtonized. All that’s missing is the Doonesbury strip. – MacDailyNews Take, September 28, 2012

iOS 6 release may bring Siri on iPad this fall

When the iPhone 4S premiered last year this brought from it the new Asst feature referred to as Siri, but since subsequently owners of other iOS devices have got wondered should the feature would likely become designed for them, and after this there are claims that the iOS 6 launch may bring Siri around the iPad this fall.An article from 9To5 Mac will be reporting which trusted places say Siri is going to be arriving to the iPad this coming fall, and will get nearly all you are going to that iPhone 4S buyers currently enjoy. It is becoming claimed that particular of the big new features connected with iOS 6 will be Siri aid on the machine, and not just a Voice Dictation of which came with the latest iPad and iOS 5.One particular.All the features are going to be present besides obviously the cell phone related directions, but recently some got wondered if Siri could work for the iPad as the system normally is situated further through the user’s mouth, plus the microphone would not be able to perceive properly in addition to incorrectly understand command advices. This is not true though in accordance with sources as well as commands will probably return precisely the same or equivalent accuracy to your iPhone 4S, and the Express Dictation feature generally work suitable for new iPad homeowners.Apple provides allegedly recently been testing iOS 6’s Siri around the new iPad as well as the iPad 2, but it’s not known when Siri for iPad may launch only on the brand new iPad or for all models, although options think it’ll only be to the Retina Display unit. One of the reasons in which Siri was only at the iPhone 4S has been that The apple company believed that this might allow the Siri servers and usefulness to expand in an achievable speed.It is also unfamiliar if The apple company will present Siri with the rest connected with iOS 6 at next week’s WWDC keynote or with an event within the fall. Before today we told you which the iPhone 5 is being tipped for release during September alongside a great iPad mini, so Apple can reveal Siri with the iPad then. Siri offers its an unsafe though with lots of stating that the actual feature is largely a gimmick outside of the US.Do you want to see Siri brought out for the iPad?

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