Today, Australian authorities issued a warning for users of the Apple Maps, stating that it could be “potentially life threatening.” Police in Mildura, Australia said they’ve had to rescue stranded drivers in Murray-Sunset National Park after many reported faulty GPS coordinates. The news pushed Apple to quickly make changes to their map application earlier today.
The error here placed the town of Mildura, Australia approximately 43 miles away from it’s actual location. The rural city with a population of just 30,000, was showed as being in the center of a national park. Australia’s seasons are opposite that of the United States, so they’re in their summer right now. Officials report the 6,000 square kilometer park to have very little water and temperatures up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
Apple and it’s stock price continue to feel the repercussions of the Apple Maps and iPhone 5 debacle. In September, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly apologized for the poor performance of the mapping application. Since then the company has fired two key executives involved with the program.