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BLOG: 2 more reasons to love iOS 6—and 2 to hate it (not only Maps)

James A. Martin | Oct. 1, 2012

I'll spare you another rant about Apple's Maps app, which replaced Google Maps on iDevices and seemingly infuriated just about everyone.

In fact, you won't be seeing a review of Apple Maps from me for at least three weeks, if you see one at all. Why? Because my iPhone 4 doesn't support the app's spoken turn-by-turn navigation, which I've already complained about (see "3 Things to Love about iOS 6-and 2 to Hate"). And apparently the iPhone 5 I ordered won't arrive for another three weeks.

So let's move on to a few more things in iOS 6 that are worthy of love, hate, and a big fat meh. First up, the bad stuff.

Hate: Lots of iOS Bugs

Last week, I attempted to connect my iDevice with iOS 6 to a Wi-Fi network at a café I frequent. Rather than getting online, I was stalled by an odd Web page. Turns out, iOS checks an Apple Web page to ensure that a given Wi-Fi network doesn't require a login. And for some reason, that page was down. The issue has since been fixed. But I never had this problem in the past.

Lots of iOS 6 users continue to experience Wi-Fi headaches. Some users say the Wi-Fi option is grayed out on their devices, so they can't use Wi-Fi at all. As of this moment, there are 93 pages on Apple's Discussion Forums about the disabled Wi-Fi issue. 

My blogging colleague Tom Kaneshige experienced iOS 6 roadblocks, too. After upgrading to iOS 6 on his iPad, he spent several hours trying to resolve a problem downloading apps. Tom discovered he wasn't alone. Read his "iOS 6 Breaks My iPad" for the details.

Unfortunately, there's no Apple-sanctioned way to downgrade to iOS 5.1.1 either, according to TechRepublic. So you need to simply deal with the issues until they're resolved, return your new iDevice-or jailbreak it.

Meh: Not Impressed by Passbook.

Passbook is Apple's new app that puts your airline boarding passes, retail coupons, concert and movie tickets, and loyalty cards in one place. Because Passbook is new, not many apps in Apple's App Store support it-and yet, Apple announced Passbook back in June. Seems like that would have given Apple plenty of time to line up a lot of partners. As of this writing, however, there are only 11, with Starbucks supposedly coming on board this weekend. (Here's an iTunes Store link to Passbook apps.) Time will tell how great or not-so-great Passbook will be, but for now, it gets the meh treatment.


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