North Pacific Ocean in central Africa? Apple apologises for slip-up in maps

Apple’s new maps platform has already felt the wrath of users due to a number errors, which included showing the North Pacific Ocean as being somewhere in central Africa and the Indian Ocean somewhere in Greenland.

Following the bugs and errors Apple, through its chief executive Tim Cook, issued an apology to users worldwide while at the same time making the embarrassing statement that users must use rival maps platforms, including that of Apple’s fierce rival Google, as they deal with the errors.

“While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app,” Cook said.

This embarrassment follows the launch of the iPhone 5 which sold out hours after just being made available.

This is a huge error on Apple’s side given the size of the tech giant. It further raises the question of how their App Store Apps are tested before release.

“Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard,” Cook added.

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