updated 12:50 pm EDT, Wed October 30, 2013
Political divisions continue to impact app
Taiwan's foreign ministry has issued a complaint to Apple about the way the country is characterized in Maps, reports say. In both iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Maps lists Taiwan as a province of China. "The maps don't acknowledge Taiwan as its own nation. We voiced our disapproval and hope Apple will make the change," a ministry official states. While many Taiwanese consider themselves independent, the Chinese government considers the country a possession, which in the past has led to political conflict and threats of war. Apple has yet to respond on the matter.
The ministry complaint was submitted after local media began reporting complaints by Mac and iOS users. Apple has run into political disputes with Maps in the past; in 2012, for instance, the South Korean government argued that the name of an island chain should be exclusively in Korean, even though the islands are also claimed by Japan.