Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Why call it "maps" ?

Mapping technology took a giant leap backward when Apple released iOS 6, casting aside Google Maps in favor of their own Apple "maps".  Grammarly, those quote marks are there for a reason.

9:23PM EST December 10. 2012 - SYDNEY (AP) — "Australian police are warning the public that errors in Apple's much-maligned mapping application are leading drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura to take a potentially "life-threatening" wrong turn into the middle of a remote state park."

Source: "Police: Apple Maps has dangerous Australian error". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/12/10/apple-maps-australia-error/1759991/

Mashable reports there is a mini-fix, but we aren't holding our breath:

Mr. Myrt and I noticed mapping errors on our iPhones while traveling cross-country in the US this fall. 
Fortunately none proved potentially fatal.

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  1. what does this have to do with genealogy?

    1. In our cross-country trips, Mr. Myrt and I use in-the-dash GPS and our iPhones to:

      -- locate cemeteries where ancestors are buried
      -- find a nearby hotel
      -- determine the distance from our location to nearest amenities

      We also LOVE Google Earth for zooming in and getting a street view, so we will know what to expect when visiting an ancestor's neighborhood. In the case of my Talburt Higgins, a Union Civil War vet, his house in Salina, Kansas is on an "intermittent" street, and our digital maps saved the day.

      It's all about getting around in places we've not visited before.

    2. Dear Anonymous,
      You might want to check out Cyndi's List -- specifically the category "Maps and Geography" located here:


  2. The problems with Apple's map app are very overhyped as the majority of people have no problems with it, I am one of those people. The issue regarding Mildura can be blamed on the fact that are actually two locations for the same named place, one of those places is exactly where Apple put it - and Google maps doesn't have it right either.

    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Thank-you for your reply.

      With Regardless of how many places in a region have the same name, it will be a challenge for those of us who have never been there before.

      However, I've reported Ol' Myrt's personal experience with the new Apple Maps covering 5,000+ miles of almost constant use and can only report things as I see them. I still prefer Google Maps.