Some like the new software, while others lament missing features and reportedly reduced battery life
Announced in June, the latest major release of Apple's iOS software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch finally became available for download this week, in advance of Friday's launch of the iPhone 5. As the sixth version of the operating system, it ushers in several noteworthy changes, the most noticeable being an entirely rebuilt Maps application, Facebook integration, and a new digital wallet called Passbook.
Reaction on online forums and in social media so far has been mixed. Some are praising Apple for adding new features and streamlining others, while others are up in arms about omitted functionality and reportedly poor battery life since updating.
Apple's new Maps appNew Maps: You gain some, you lose some
One of the most prominent changes in Apple's new iPhone and iPad software is seen in a revamped Maps app that uses data from TomTom (amongst others) instead of relying on satellite imagery and other information from rival Google. As part of the change, the app now features fully 3D maps with