Apple Maps strands Australian motorists at risk to life

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A glitch in Apple's new iPhone iOS6 mapping system almost led to death motorists who were looking for Mildura, a far northwestern Victorian town, in recent weeks, Victoria Police said in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, Mildura local police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their Apple iPhone.

The mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70 km away from the actual location. "Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the Park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees, making this a potentially life threatening issue." the statement said.

Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception.

This flaw is one of many complaints users have leveled against Apple since the company's software update and new mapping application made its debut earlier this year.

In September, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the string of problems with its maps application and recommended users rely on other maps instead.

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