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Apple corrects Taiwan's designation in map app

2013/10/31 13:52:41

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) U.S. technology giant Apple Inc. has corrected Taiwan's designation in its new map app following a protest by Taiwan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Anna Kao said Thursday.

Taiwan was originally listed as a province of China in simplified Chinese characters in Apple's map app released recently along with the company's new mobile and desktop operating systems.

Upon learning of Apple's misrepresentation, Kao said, the MOFA immediately instructed its office in San Francisco to express the country's concern and displeasure to the Cupertino, California-based company.

"Our office also demanded that Apple correct its mistake as soon as possible," Kao said, adding that Apple has since made a goodwill response by referring to the country simply as "Taiwan" on its map app.

Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, is sensitive about how it is described, as it is often misbranded as a province of China, although the communist government in Beijing has never ruled the island.

Apple officially released iOS 7 for its mobile devices -- iPhones and iPads -- Sept. 18, while Mac OS X Mavericks has been available for download for desktop and laptop users since Oct. 23.

(By Angelea Tsai and Sofia Wu)