The iPhone 5's modest improvements are trumped by its new, sub-par map feature

By Darren Franich
Updated September 21, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Five years after the first iPhone, Apple debuted an aptly named anniversary gift: the long-rumored iPhone 5. Thinner than the current 4S, but with an expanded four-inch screen, the new model (available Sept. 21) features a host of granular improvements — Longer battery life! Faster downloading! — and ditches Google Maps in favor of Apple’s new Maps app with voice navigation. (A not-as-cool-sounding upgrade: the smaller dock connector that will render your current accessories obsolete.) The company also announced an October update to iTunes that will feature a big redesign and full iCloud integration with your devices. (It will also pull the plug on the music social network Ping.) Still, the iPhone news reigned supreme: Two million units were presold on the first day of online availability.

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