Even diehard Apple enthusiasts offered harsh criticisms of the new mapping system, which has been responsible for an unprecedented amount of misdirection and inconvenience. Not only does Apple Maps lack the popular features of its Google predecessor, the Apple version is plagued by geographical errors and missing information. For example, a farm is listed as an airport, roads simply end in the middle of nowhere, an entire city has been replaced by an ocean, and literary buffs seeking out Shakespeare's birthplace will find instead a hospital.
Said one United Airlines official after testing the system for use in the cockpits of the carrier's planes, "Once I spun up Apple Maps, I knew we weren't leaving the ground. I'm no cartographer, but I'm pretty certain the Atlantic Ocean separates New York from London -- not a Costco parking lot -- and that Rhode Island is not part of the Hawaiian archipelago."
Representatives from NORAD and Google declined to comment in full on their competitor's entry into the Santa Tracking market, but one government source was overheard calling the decision "pathetic."
Even Scott Forstall -- the former iPhone software development executive who was asked to resign after failing to apologize for the app's disastrous performance and chilly reception -- told a reporter that he felt "terrible" about his potential role in "ruining the excitement and joy of Christmas for millions of children who are likely to watch Santa's sleigh crash into Mt. Vesuvius, which will probably be displayed in the middle of an Indianapolis petting zoo."
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