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iPhone 5 lacks Apple’s typical high quality

Rivera is a sophomore magazines major and can be reached at raquel.rivera@drake.edu

Within two days of the iPhone 5 being released, Apple sold more than 5 million iPhones. Sounds like a success story, right? Not exactly. The iPhone 5 has had the most glitches and WiFi problems since the third generation of iPhones.

The description on the Apple website about the iPhone 5 says, “The iPhone 5 is made with a level of precision you’d expect from a finely crafted watch — not a smartphone.” Thinking of this, it’s easy to say that Apple focused more on the appearance of the phone than the technical side. Maybe the creators of the iPhone 5 and CEO Tim Cook need a reminder that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, not the outside.

Though the new iPhone is sleek, lightweight, has a four-inch retina display and a powerful A6 chip, that doesn’t quite make up for the Mississippi River being located on the equator. That’s right, folks, the world’s geography has changed — according to the iPhone 5 maps application. The iOS 6 upgrade with the new maps application has “destroyed” streets and made them jagged and in the shape of mountains with buildings in the middle of freeways.

Tim Cook made a rare public apology for the maps’ faulty directions and geography. Cook says the Apple team is working on fixing the glitches within the next month. Let’s hope no one is taking a road trip soon. However, this is only where the problems begin.

A growing number of people are complaining about the purple glow being seen in their pictures. Apple confirmed that the consumers aren’t crazy, what a relief that we aren’t all turning purple. Apple responded via email to Gizmodo, “We recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5’s camera.” To me, this sounds like they are trying to blame the phone, as if they didn’t create it. The iPhone 4 and 4S never had this problem. Get your apples together, Apple!

There is no simple solution to the problems the upgrade and the iPhone 5 are having, but I think some free applications would ease the pain of not being able to ask Siri any question our heart desires. She too is having problems, so we should probably hold off on asking questions we really need the answer to, like where is the nearest place you can replace your iPhone 5 with a new Android.

Apple’s well-known core values are design and innovation, ease and simplicity and quality. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a Mac lover and have been since my butt was in diapers, but the upgrade and the iPhone 5 have done me, along with many others, wrong. The ease and simplicity is nowhere to be found along with quality, but if one is simply seeking a stellar outside design and a four-inch screen to watch movies on and that’s it, the iPhone 5 is just what you need. But don’t forget the charger you’ve been using for years won’t work for this gem, so expect more money out of your pocket for more inconvenience.

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