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Apple Maps Will Kill You if Followed Literally

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This week, in a messy breakup with Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL) unveiled a brand new default mapping system for iOS 6. The new app finally brings turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic information, and 3D "flyover" views to iPhone users -- effectively driving a stake through the heart of GPS outfits like Garmin (GRMN). Apple Maps will also provide Yelp (YELP) reviews for over 100 million businesses, which is similar to Google Local's scraping of Zagat, Facebook (FB), and Google+ comments for establishments.

And while the new Apple Maps is a boon to iPhone users itching to rid their windshield of a sun-drenched GPS unit, the app could potentially kill you if followed to the letter.

As with the previous Maps app, Apple chose a specific map subsection to be featured in the icon. Cupertino residents will recognize that the bright red pin marks the location of Apple's headquarters at One Infinite Loop.

But seeing as how the new Maps app now features turn-by-turn navigation, Apple altered the pin into a highlighted path directing users toward a destination.

However, much to the detriment, and certain doom, to drivers, the icon directs motorists heading north on N De Anza Blvd. to make a left onto the Junipero Serra Freeway -- which requires the driver to cut off oncoming traffic, smash through a concrete barrier, and throttle the vehicle off the overpass onto traffic below.

Courtesy of James Mountain on Twitter:


Sure enough, Google Maps' Street View -- a missing element to the new Apple Maps -- confirms the deadly maneuver.


So when using Apple Maps, double-check Google Maps that you're always traveling on a flat, even surface for the entire trip. And if you're still bitter, there's always Bing Maps (MSFT).

(See also: Apple Maps Shows Google Where to Shove It and AT&T Falsely 'Upgrades' iPhone 4S to 4G)

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