I knew there was a reason why my iPhone has had that red notification "1" hanging out in the top right corner of the settings button for the last two months. I knew there was a reason why I've withheld the temptation to download iOS 6. It's because I've seen how incredibly off its directions are, and I didn't want my phone sending me walking into the East River when I'm trying to find a sandwich shop. (The bottom line: Apple Maps is that GPS lake scene from "The Office" come to life.)
So I take this news as sweet, sweet validation. APPLE MAPS IS LITERALLY GOING TO KILL EVERYONE, according to the Victoria, Australia police department.
According to a release published to Victoria Police Department website, several people have gotten stranded in the middle of a national park without food or water after attempting to follow Apple Maps’ directions to Mildura, a regional city in Australia. The city is actually located almost 45 miles away from where Apple Maps lists it.
The park reportedly has no water supply and can reach temperatures up to 115 degrees, so it’s not exactly the spontaneous camping vacation you might imagine. Police have intercepted several people, some of whom have been stranded for over 24 hours, wandering the park aimlessly trying to get a signal.
So to recap: Apple Maps is getting people stranded in the middle of a national park in Australia during the middle of the country's summer AND the police have had to get involved AND there's no evidence that this is some sort of guerrilla marketing strategy by Android. Bros, I don't need to spell it out any further. Don't download iOS 6.