Rumors are circulating today that Apple has TomTom in its sights as a quick (and logical) fix to the Maps debacle. Buying TomTom would give Apple a ton of map experience and data to work with to fix Maps, but I would guess all TomTom-powered GPS units would probably fall by the wayside.
It’s not just Apple Maps that aren’t safe to use Down Under. Victoria Police are warning that even Google Maps aren’t safe to use there either. Before we start pointing fingers at Google or Apple, the source of the problem could really be the Australian government itself.
That was quick! A day after Australian police issued a warning against the use of iOS 6 Maps after several motorists, who relied on the inbuilt Maps app, were stranded in inhospitable locations, nearly 70 km (43.5 miles) away from their actual destination due to incorrect labelling of locations, Apple has fixed the error.
The Guardian reports that Apple has updated the maps data to show the correct location of Mildura, so now the searches for and directions to the town show the correct location.
Police in Victoria, Australia have issued a warning against the use of iOS 6 Maps after several motorists, who relied on the inbuilt Maps app, were stranded in inhospitable locations, nearly 70 km (43.5 miles) away from their actual destination, due to incorrect labelling of locations.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed already—Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA Soon and Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”—the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
Today Nokia HERE hit the app store and from the comments (and my own quick look at the app), I’d say it’s okay. Not awesome, but passable. That’s not important though, not by a long-shot. It shows something that is even more important—Apple is okay with competition with Maps. And maybe, just maybe, this will reach into other core iOS apps too.
Citing “reliable sources” 9to5Mac claims that early builds of Apple’s next major Mac OS release, OS X 10.9, has Maps and Siri baked right into the system. This is in accordance with Apple’s recent trend of bringing iOS features to the Mac, as seen in the past two major releases of OS X.
Since these are early builds of the OS, Apple may choose to not ship some of these features, if it feels that they aren’t ready for prime time.