Following the launch of iPhone 5, Apple Stores saw customers coming in droves all over the globe last Friday, which also surpassed the record levels for sale of Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone. Those lucky ones who bagged the device day-1, found lot of hidden surprises- both good as well as bad.
The foremost and most talked-about is Apple’s row with once best friends- Google, which made two mainstay apps- YouTube and Maps disappear from the iPhone 5. Apple came up with its own latest Maps app, which got lot of criticism and wasn’t truly ready for the primetime. The lack of travel information and incorrect directions were two points that disappointed users with Apple’s new Maps App. Apple however, says it’s working on its map app to offer best user experience.
Also see the map app war between iPhone 5 and Motorola Driod Rzaor M : https://techthirsty.com/2012/09/24/iphone-5-vs-motorola-driod-razor-m-the-map-app-war-gets-bitter/
The iPhone 5 is offered with super-fast 4G LTE wireless connection with three carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. And the contract is not interchangeable among their separate networks. But one point that surprised users for good was that the Verizon version of the iPhone 5 also works on AT&T’s network.
As reported in the AP, a Verizon iPhone 5 accepts an AT&T “SIM card”- a chip that identifies a phone to a network.
The iPhones on Verizon and AT&T were sold out, though few devices were available with Sprint service on Sunday. AT&T has been the carrier for iPhones since 2007 and was the first service to sell-out all devices.
Apple might announce official weekend sales of iPhone 5 on Monday.
The iPhone 5 was sold out within one hour of opening up of its pre-order. However, Apple expects to deliver new orders within 3 to 4 weeks. The AT&T, Verizon and Sprint offer same shipment dates on their websites: 21 to 28 business days.