Official Apple alert for anyone exploring this Memorial Day

CITIZENS returning from Memorial Day weekend getaways have been reminded not to rely on their phone’s mapping function at the expense of their own common sense.

Apple’s support pages are telling users not to let their iPhone do all the thinking as the card technology has flaws.

Remember to take Apple Maps seriously, but not always literally


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“These data services are subject to change and may not be available in all countries or regions, with the result that maps and location-based information may be unavailable, inaccurate or incomplete.”

“Compare the information provided in Maps with your surroundings. Use common sense when navigating.”

Apple Maps is useful, but doesn’t quite slip into autopilot when navigating.

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Fans of The Office will surely remember the classic gag in which Michael Scott drove his car into a lake to demonstrate the inadequacies of the technology.

The warning published in Apple blogs is intended to prevent such scenarios.

“Always refer to current road conditions and posted signs to resolve discrepancies.”

Apple launched Apple Maps in 2012 to compete with Google Maps.

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It got off to a rocky start, full of inaccuracies – the service was ridiculed in memes for years.

Today, Apple Maps offers real-time data and features like Look Around that have made it a competitor to Google Maps.

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Right now, Apple is in the mapping business, but they might step up and start making cars very soon.

Renderings of Apple cars went superviral last week as rumors of a fully autonomous iCar surfaced.

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