When new technology is launched there are bound to be teething problems and devices never work quite the way they should do in the first few weeks after they hit the market.
Apple have had a few embarrassing incidents in the last few years, nearly all to do with their iPhone 4 for which was unusable in some areas due to its reception issues. Then there was the iPad which would heat up and literally burn its users fingers before turning off suddenly to cool off. This time, it is the launch of the iPhone 5 which has been causing a stir amongst its loyal fans. Although the actual phone works fine, the launch of its new maps app ( which Apple hope will replace Google Maps ) has come up against a few embarrassing problems. The app is riddled with mistakes and famous landmarks have been moved or completely disappeared, rendering it pretty useless for purpose in some instances. Here are our top 5 most hilarious Apple Maps fails ” there were many to choose from”
Blob in the Road
We are as clueless as you are to what exactly is happening in this image. There is obviously a car park involved but we wouldnít want to park our car there as it doesnít look too safe. What Apple appear to have done is install a hill or mountain below a flat car park area with very odd results!
Helsinki Central Railway Station… or Park?
For such an important landmark and one which will no doubt be searched for regularly, you would not expect the Helsinki Central Railway Station to disappear, however Apple have gone and done it. In place of this commuters lifeline, they have put a very pleasant park which would be lovely to relax in but not much use in getting you from one place to the next.
Powell Butte Natre Park Swallows Up Portland
Those people at Apple HQ must be real nature lovers as they have decided that a large area of Portland, Oregon is not really that important. They have decided that it would be much better use as an extension of the Powell Butt Nature Park and so have altered accordingly.
Crinkle Cut Bridge
This has to possibly be the best Apple map fail which tops all the others. Not only do Apple add things which do not exist to their maps and take away important things which do exist, they also design amazing new infrastructures which wouldnít look out of place in a theme park. This road bridge looks very scary and a huge amount of fun, all at the same time.
Berlin is in Antarctica?
Bearing in mind that this app is called Maps and its primary use is to educate and inform people, as well as help people get around, this is probably the most serious flaw going. Rather than just altering a few landmarks and national parks they have gone to great lengths to confuse us even more by, wait for it, moving Berlin to Antarctica. If the youth of today rely on Apple Maps as much as other technology, we will have a world of very misguided ( literally ) individuals in a few years time.
Author: This article was kindly provided by Alfie Davenport who works in the technology department at Ladbrokes Games. He was an avid iPhone user for years, but recently switched to Android. ( sad but true )