Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has certainly had a well-documented problem with its new proprietary mapping application that replaces the Google Maps app that had been on previous iPhone devices. But apparently the Taiwanese government thinks the Apple Inc (AAPL) mapping application is pretty darn accurate when it comes to where certain key locations are located and what they look like. And that is proving to be problematic for the Taiwanese, which has been keeping an arm’s length from the Chinese mainland – though recent moves there have increased tensions in the region.
Despite an apology by Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and a vow to improve the mapping system, the complaints about it may have tempered iPhone 5 sales for the company, which investors in the stock – like billionaire fund manager David Tepper of Appaloosa Management LP – are keeping tabs upon.
Apparently the mapping system created by Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) might be inaccurate in giving directions to some locations, it is accurate enough to get complaints from the Taiwanese government, which claims that the iPhone mapping app provides a satellite image of a radar station on the island nation that helps the government detect enemy aircraft and missiles. Taiwanese government officials are now asking Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to blur or in some other way obstruct the view and location of the site, which the government says is in a strategic location and should be protected in the wake of some actions by mainland China that suggests possible aggression.
The government officials are asking Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) to take similar protective actions as Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) does, by using low-resolution satellite images to show buildings in sensitive locations. There is no word yet whether Apple Inc. (AAPL) will take steps and what steps it will take to protect government buildings in its system.