APPLE'S new Maps app - standard on all iOS6 phones and tablets, including the new iPhone 5 - is so buggy that its directions have the potential to cause accidents and the company's own George Street store is listed in the wrong place.
The iOS update removes Google Maps and replaces it with Apple's offering, which has been widely panned as half-baked.
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Roads, businesses and even entire towns like Goulburn, Kiama, Cairns and Lithgow are in the wrong place or have virtually no detail filled out.
Dozens of readers told the Herald of skewed directions provided by the app, including dangerous advice to drive off overpasses and on to busy highways or through pedestrian-only malls. Perhaps this is why Apple has said turn-by-turn directions will not be enabled for Australia until next month.
Compared to the Google Maps app it replaced, Apple Maps has no street view, limited traffic information and lacks the most basic public transport information or timetables.
The 3D models of buildings lack detail. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is missing its key support columns and looks like it's covered in cobwebs, the Anzac Bridge is non-existent save for its shadow, the face at Luna Park is melting, boats have sunk at Circular Quay, the Opera House looks more like a crude Second Life rendering than real life and Uluru, defying a number of scientific principles, has moved a number of kilometres.
The local search is significantly more limited than Google's offering and the businesses that are listed are often in the wrong place. A Tamworth picture framing shop is listed as being located on Harris Street, Ultimo, while a bakery in Morwell, Victoria, is located in Kiama on Apple's Maps.
Geoff Bullock from West Pennant Hills wrote in to remark about the poor level of detail on the maps away from the big city centres. ''The previous Google maps were markedly better … an amateur effort Apple, you'll have to really dig yourself out of this one,'' he said.
Another Sydney-based reader said: ''It wouldn't recognise that I could turn right onto the M4. It showed that I had to continue straight a few hundred metres, do a U-turn, then come back to the M4 to turn left onto it. Major intersection. Ridiculous!''
Globally, on Apple Maps an entire city is in the ocean, a farm has been labelled as an airport, highways end in the middle of nowhere and a hospital now covers the entire centre of British city Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home.
Users have created a Tumblr blog sarcastically dubbed ''The Amazing iOS 6 Maps'' where many have posted screen shots of the errors (http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com).
Apple told Fairfax that its Maps app was ''a major initiative and we are just getting started with it''. The company said it was working with developers to integrate some of the transit apps from the App Store into iOS Maps.
''We are continuously improving it and, as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people that use it the better it will get,'' Apple said.