There's a good chance that other iOS 6 apps may steal Siri's thunder as the iPhone 5's big draw. Two strong candidates are Maps and Passport. The new Maps app has vector-based map elements, which keep graphics and text sharp when you zoom in. Maps provides real-time traffic information and suggests alternative routes to avoid congestion. Its biggest upgrade? Spoken, turn-by-turn directions--a long-overdue feature than Android users have enjoyed for some time.
Passport collects all of your essential documents in one place: airline boarding passes, coupons, gift cards, movie tickets, and so on. The App Store will have Passport-enabled apps, and participating merchants will offer compatible gift cards and other items, Apple says. One cool feature for travelers: Passes and tickets automatically appear on the iPhone 5's lock screen when you need them--like when you arrive at the airport and need your boarding pass.