- Apr 12, 2001
There's a curious bug in the Apple Maps app that's affecting Australians, which appears to be caused by a bad data set. Multiple complaints on Twitter suggest that Apple Maps is listing certain businesses incorrectly, directing Australians to residential areas rather than the actual business location.
An erroneous hospital listing located near Twitter user Russell Ivanovic
Apple Maps appears to be pulling in data from where business owners live, rather than where their businesses are located.
There are a long list of complaints on Twitter about the errors that Australians have experienced, with restaurants, hospitals, pharmacies, and more listed in the wrong place.
Twitter users John Cleary and Russell Ivanovic suggest that Apple has imported an Australian business database that lists the places that businesses are registered to, which is typically the business owner's home address.
The long list of Twitter complaints suggest that this problem has existed in Australia for quite some time, and at least one person confirmed that he had a business listed as located at his home address.
Some of the Twitter users have reported the errors, but Apple has yet to address the problem for Australians who are being misdirected.
Apple has had issues with the Apple Maps app in the past, but has worked hard to introduce improvements through acquisitions and its own mapping efforts with map vehicles. Apple Maps has gained multiple new features over the years like the street-level Look Around feature, but there are clearly still issues that need to be fixed.
Article Link: Longtime Apple Maps Bug in Australia Erroneously Lists Businesses in Residential Areas