Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale today in nine countries including the US. The iPhone 5 was unveiled on September 12 and the release of the device resulted in 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours after the pre-order announcement. iPhone 5 is the recent offering from Apple in the smartphone section.
The overwhelming demand of the new iPhone has affected the California based company’s supply chain as shipping times of the iPhone 5 variants have been increased to 3-4 weeks. The device has already been started selling in Australia to the expected long queues of people anxious to get their hands on Apple’s new technology.
iPhone 5 will go on sale in Ireland on September 28, along with 21 countries. Apple iPhone 5 has incorporated the recent release of iOS 6 which houses the new Apple maps instead of Google maps. The attempt of Apple at creating their own maps has hit the company hard as the application was criticised by major technological avenues.
Apple’s new map software has come under scrutiny from its users on instances of inaccuracies and misplaced towns shown on the iPhone 5. Apple is yet to clarify the claims of its users about the new maps feature in iOS 6. Apple announced in June that it would stop using Google Maps in favour of its own system.
With iPhone 5 going on sale, Apple needs to rectify the problems of inaccurate maps before the new feature hampers the sales process of the novel iPhone. It is speculated that Apple will sell around 10 million units of iPhone 5 by the end of September. JP Morgan Chase estimates that Apple iPhone 5 sales might boost the US economy by $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter.
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