The iPhone 5 might be one of the most perfect pieces of technology ever assembled, but it’s taken more than its share of lumps for choosing to go its own way on two key features: mobile payments and maps. Competitors and critics have jumped at the opportunity to point out the handset’s so-called shortcomings, but unsurprisingly, none of it has slowed the iPhone 5’s assault on the record books.
Along with the update to iOS 6, the iPad 3, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 also received a large Maps update that includes turn-by-turn navigation features previously only available with 3rd party applications. With the new features, you can now use Siri or the Maps application to find a destination and then navigate to it.
If you hate Apple's new Maps app in iOS 6 and are holding out hope that Google will come to your rescue, you may have a lengthy wait ahead of you -- the search giant has yet to even submit their own App Store version yet.
This was a big week for Apple fans. Not only was new handset released for those looking to upgrade, but the newest OS came out with a bunch of shiny new love for all the good boys and girls. It was almost like Christmas. So what are some of these fun new features and news? Let's have a look.
Alright. Admittedly there are worse things in life, but I was pretty bummed when I updated to iOS 6, only to see that Maps defers transit directions to third-party apps. Fortunately, I already use two fantastic apps for taking public transportation around the San Francisco Bay Area, but I'm aware that really won't help you out, dear reader, if you're not from where I live.
Since it just came up in a Twitter conversation, I figured I might as well remind everyone about the biggest bummer in iOS 6: The new Maps app doesn't have public-transit directions, like the old Google Maps-based Maps app did in iOS 5 and earlier. The new Maps app doesn't leave you totally high and dry, though -- it suggests alternate apps for your location. But there's one little problem...
With iOS 6 -- out today! -- Apple added a lot of useful features to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. From Passbook, to the new Maps app, to capturing panoramas in the revamped Camera app. Apple has brought a lot of fit and finish to iOS 6, and we'll show you how to get the most out of these new features.
Not feeling much enthusiasm for a new iPhone? Then maybe a new iPod touch will get your blood pumping, with one analyst claiming Apple could unveil the "biggest upgrade ever" for its media player at today's media event.