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USERS OF Apple's Maps software have found themselves driving through an airport.
Punters trying to make their way to Fairbanks International Airport found themselves taking a route that was rather too direct. The Alaska Dispatch reported that they drove across one of the airport's runways.
The newspaper reported that two out of towners have cruised where planes are supposed to go in the last three weeks. No one was injured.
"These folks drove past several signs. They even drove past a gate. None of that cued them that they did something inappropriate," said Fairbanks airport chief of operations Melissa Osborn.
Osborn said that the airport has talked with Apple and that a fix is on the way. The last straw apparently was a chap driving a rental car across a runway in the middle of the day. Drivers have not driven down the main runway where planes like 737s are taking off, but they have crossed it and entered what is known as Taxiway B.
"We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this," added Osborn.
Apple has not commented, but there is an apology from CEO Tim Cook about Apple's Maps software already on record.
Cook took to the internet shortly after Apple released its iOS 6 Maps application to recommend alternate providers to Apple users and soothe their frustrations.
"With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better," he said at the time.
"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."
At least two heads rolled at Apple in the weeks following the flawed launch. µ
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