Apple Maps errors have reportedly been costing small businesses thousands of dollars, by incorrectly showing them as permanently closed.
Business owners also say that it can be hard to correct the error, despite going through the process Apple recommends …
Australia’s ABC News highlighted one example, where not even media attention could get the problem fully resolved.
Chris Pyatt and his wife Pum have been running Thai restaurant Pum’s Kitchen on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for nearly a decade […]
It was only when a regular customer called to ask why he had shut his restaurant that Chris Pyatt found out his small business had been listed as “permanently closed” on Apple Maps, leaving him with a costly problem.
The restaurant said the mistake cost them around AU$12,000 (almost US$8,000).
“We have no idea when this change went through,” Mr Pyatt said. “But we have seen a sudden and drastic change in customer behaviour towards the end of November and all of December. We’ve noted a significant downturn, of around $12,000. This is our livelihood.”
When he called Apple to try to get the problem fixed, the company initially said it couldn’t help as he didn’t own any Apple devices. He was subsequently able to use a web browser to follow Apple’s instructions to open an Apple business account, claim the business, and mark it as open – but the Apple Maps app didn’t update the info.
Even when ABC News called Apple, it wasn’t fully resolved: Apple Maps started showing the business as open, but now in the wrong location!
Web searches show that hundreds of other small businesses have experienced similar problems.
Tech expert Erica Mealy from the University of the Sunshine Coast said there were hundreds of posts on Apple Forums, as well as sites like Reddit and Quora, from business owners experiencing similar issues.
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