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iPhone 5: 10 Best Features

Apple's iPhone 5 big reveal left some smartphone watchers wanting more. Take a look at the key feature changes and judge for yourself.
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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.

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9/13/2012 | 10:46:32 PM
re: iPhone 5: 10 Best Features
It is a mediocre attempt at something new.... as you say
It will be interesting to see if new apple products get banned for import to the US.
HTC got bit by Apple so I am sure they will respond in kind to Apple.
- Bad place to be when you only release one new phone a year.

It does look like they have tried to make it so it doesnt break all the time like the others but given apples poor industrial design history I am doubtful, time will tell.
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