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After a massive successful launched of iPhone 5 in Asia and around the world on Friday, Apple's iPhone 5 features hit with several technical glitches. Quite a number of iPhone 5 users has been complaining about their newly born gadget mapping system.
The app is Apple’s rival to Google Maps, which is not available on Apple's iOS 6 app library, but users have today said that the new app compares unfavourably with its predecessor. Small software glitches have also been reported and have been detailed on Apple's support forum pages. Apple did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the scratch issue.
Apple has faced criticism for glitches in its Map app in iOS 6. The new app, which replaces Google Maps, has misplaced some towns and displayed other geographic errors. Many users have protested that the new maps misplace some landmarks and leave others off altogether.
Are the maps on iPhone 5 really a problem?
I used mine yesterday and had no problems with it. I suspect that the media coverage has been hugely overblown, which is rather typical where Apple is concerned. The company seems to take a beating over relatively minor things.
Like any new product, Maps will get better over time. People seem to forget that Google's mapping apps didn't set the world on fire when they first came out either. Apple is already working to improve its maps app. For now it seems to work well enough for me.
One of my co-workers stood in line to get a new iPhone 5, so thanks to his, er, perseverance, I got to play around with it and we spent some time with maps, including using it while we drove to lunch. My conclusion was that it worked fine for him, in our town. Nothing special, but fine. On the other hand, we looked at some of the examples that had been noted as failures by other people, and sure enough, there were some major errors. If I was travelling in an unfamiliar city, it would make me uneasy if I had to depend on an iPhone 5. I would be fine with driving around an area I generally know while looking for an unfamiliar location. Fortunately, there is a workaround already available - they make these paper things that are also called "maps" that will work in a pinch!