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Apple relocates South Island landmarks

The South Island has become the latest region to fall foul of Apple’s new mapping software.



THE South Island has become the latest region to fall foul of Apple’s new mapping software.

The technology giant recently released its highly anticipated iOS 6 operating system, which has its own map application.

It replaced Google Maps as the default system on iPads, iPhones and iPods.

However its launch has been met with confusion, with landmarks over the world relocated and incorrectly identified.

The latest region to discover errors has been the South Island, with Dunedin’s airport being located in the middle of the city, and Timaru Airport being described as a Christchurch suburb.

When searching for “Dunedin International Airport”, the application marks it as being in the Octagon, 29 km from where it is actually located.

Search for “Timaru Airport” on the new software and you will be told it is in Heaton St in Strowan, Christchurch.

The phone number listed for Timaru Airport is also wrong.

The “Timaru Airport” number is the fax number for Sacred Heart Primary School in Heaton St in Timaru.

The Timaru airport error was discovered by Christchurch’s Dougal Shand after becoming worried about nearby noise pollution and traffic disruption in the Merivale area where he lives.

“I had been thinking it was the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) repairing the Papanui Rd water mains and sewers,” he said in a letter to The Press.

“Upon upgrading to the new Apple 6 on my iPad and using the new Apple maps app, I worked out the source of the problem.

”The noise is in fact coming from Timaru Airport. It is now only 100m from our Merivale address.

“It seems Scirt has been beavering away at night relocating Timaru Airport to Heaton St.”

Other major airports appear to be correct.

A Tumblr feed called the Amazing iOS 6 maps, dedicated to the mistakes, has been established.