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Apple Maps use discouraged by Australian police

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Apple Maps use in Australia has been discouraged by police after dozens of motorists were left stranded in the wilderness.

Police in the state of Victoria revealed that they had to launch rescue operations to save six iPhone users, some of whom were lost for up to 24 hours without adequate food or water.

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The motorists are believed to have been using the iOS 6 mapping software to find their way to the city of Mildura, but were given directions to a national park 43 miles away instead.

"Tests on the mapping system by police confirm the mapping systems lists Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 70km away from the actual location of Mildura," Victoria police said in a statement.

"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.

"Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified."

Apple's iOS 6 Maps has been marred by inaccuracies since launch, a blunder which forced CEO Tim Cook to issue a humble apology, during which he recommended users turn to rival software until the issues are rectified.

Richard Williamson, the head of Apple's Maps team, parted company with the firm last month, with rumours suggesting he was fired for the botched launch.

iOS software chief Scott Forstall was previously outed amid reports he was unwilling to sign Cook's apology.

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