Horsham redesigned by Apple Maps


Horsham’s Capitol Theatre is based in Crawley, restaurants have been relocated, and the town’s main high street has been reduced to a tiny cul-de-sac, according to Apple Maps.

The new iPhone mapping software on iOS6 has left customers across the world frustrated and confused with its misplacing of cities, towns and landmarks - some as famous as the Taj Mahal in India which was can apparently be found in the British seaside resort of Brighton.

In the Horsham district, cinema and theatre goers will be surprised to learn The Capitol now sits just off The Boulevard in Crawley.

Meanwhile, some of Horsham’s well-known restaurants have been relocated or mislabelled.

Cote Brasserie in East Street has been moved to where Lloyds TSB stands in West Street, and Japanese restaurant Wabi is labelled incorrectly as the long-gone Horse and Groom pub.

Shoppers looking to find Horsham’s West Street may be confused when Apple Maps depicts the retail destination as a miniscule cul-de-sac stretching no further than Poundland. The rest of the busy shopping street, which stretches to South Street, is not shown.

A number of venues could not be found through the mapping software either. No results are displayed when searching for ‘Pavilions in the Park Horsham’.

And those wanting to dine at Smith & Westerns in North Parade will have to jump on a plane to southern Australia.

A search for the restaurant lands you more than 10,000 miles across the globe in ‘Western Highway and Smith Street, Horsham Victoria’.

Horsham District Council told the County Times it will relay these findings to the global organisation in a bid to aid its mapping software update.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Horsham District Council is in the process of reporting this feedback to the company that produces the maps.”

In June Apple announced it would stop using Google Maps in favour of its own system.

It has been reported by national media that Apple decided to introduce its Maps app after negotiations with Google broke down over branding and new features that had been introduced to Android handsets but not the iPhone.

Apple have since made a public apology.

In a letter posted in its website, Apple chief Tim Cook said: “At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.”

He continued: “We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.”

He even encouraged frustrated iPhone users, who lost the Google Maps app when they updated to iOS6, to use web-based offerings from rivals until Apple Maps improves. “While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.”