In Grand Junction, Apple’s new app is liable to take you all over the map

Some Grand Junction businesses might want to lodge their own complaints with Apple Inc. over its new iPhone map app.

That’s because a few businesses that have located here a year or more ago aren’t in it, while a few that have gone are.

According to the Apple map, the nearest American Furniture Warehouse is in Glenwood Springs instead of at 2570 American Way in Grand Junction, where it opened nearly a year ago.

Meanwhile, Circuit City is still at 2451 U.S. Highway 6&50 and Office Depot is where it used to be located just across the street. (Hint to Apple: Circuit City went out of business nationwide in 2009, and the Grand Junction Office Depot branch moved into its old location about two years ago).

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the map app, which has received numerous complaints nationwide for several obvious errors, which include missing whole cities and misnaming national landmarks.

The company’s iPhone used to use Google maps, but replaced it with its own in the newest software upgrade because Google has restricted use of its new map app to its own smartphones.

Apple’s new map offers voice-activated turn-by-turn directions, but doesn’t always know where it’s going.

A search for the Mesa County Courthouse, for example, takes phone users to the Maricopa County Courthouse in Mesa, Ariz.

Google’s old map, however, didn’t do much better. That same search offers four choices, none of which is the Mesa County Courthouse. Those choices include the Mesa County District Court, the Grand Junction City Hall, the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building, all near the actual downtown courthouse, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture office on 25 1/2 Road.

A search of the Mesa County Justice Center does go to 125 N. Spruce St., but refers to a website for Grand Valley Transit.

The Apple app does accurately pinpoint the location of Hooters Restaurant, which opened at 2880 North Ave. nearly three years ago, but doesn’t show the Cabela’s outfitting store that opened at 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50 a few months later.

Typing Cabela’s into the app finds nothing anywhere in the nation, but typing it without the apostrophe takes phone users to Camelas, a small town in southern France near the Spanish border.


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