Monday, October 01, 2012

Who stole our Iris? #iLost

Apple have come in for quite a lot of slagging and criticism for their new Maps App - much of it justified. Here at the National College of Ireland there is more evidence that the Apple App is not quite as it should be. 

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Outside of the front of the College is a sculpture called "The Iris". It was created by leading Irish artist Vivienne Roche, engineered by ARUP Consulting Engineers in Cork, and fabricated by Steele & Co based in New Ross in 2006. It is 14 metres high and is impossible to miss if you are in Mayor Square - unless of course you are Apple!

Apple have decided to dump Google from their iPhones and iPads, and at great expense have created their own Maps App in a deal with Sat Nav company TomTom. Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak does not think that the problems "are that severe" and that "there are a lot of complaints about one little thing people spot, but it’s not that hard to deal with in life".

So it's not a big deal that the NCI Iris is gone from Apple Maps, but what I'm wondering is how did they miss it? What software used rendered this out? Are there any other sculptures and monuments missing from Apple Maps? Tweet with the #iLost hashtag if you know of one! Below are two screen shots from my iPhone: one of Google Maps clearly showing the Iris in the middle (including a shadow!), while the other from the Maps app shows an empty space where the Iris should be!

Apple's Maps App
Google Maps

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