Monday, May 27, 2024

MAD Magazine Sends Up Apple’s New Misbegotten Maps


You may be aware that Apple jettisoned Google’s beautiful maps for a new app of their own–an app of maps that turned into mishaps. Apple’s maps, as everyone knows, are a mess. So MAD magazine — I wasn’t even sure they still existed–has published its own version of Apple maps as its new cover. The map in question is a parody of Saul Steinberg’s famous “New York” cover–which I live by as a map of the world. Everything is wrong, which is just about right in a  Mad, Mad world. Apple, meantime, has issued an apology on its website. They also suggest downloading Google’s maps app for iPhones and iPads as it’s no longer available on those devices. You have to go back and get it yourself. All this would be incredibly damaging except– I finally held an iPhone 5 in my hand. It’s light as a feather and very enticing. But I’ll stick with my Blackberry Bold and Samsung Galaxy IIs for now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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