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iOS 6 Apple Maps launches to a cacophony of jeers

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(Read caption) Scott Forstall, senior vice president of iOS Software at Apple Inc., demonstrates turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps at an event in California last week.

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Just about every Apple product launch comes with some sort of backlash. 

With the iPhone 4, it was the so-called "death grip." With the new iPad, it was Wi-Fi issues. And with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 it's the new Maps app, which has been called everything from a "flop" to a "debacle" to just plain "ugly." 

Some backstory: For many years, Google Maps was the default mapping app on the iPhone. Now, beginning with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, the default mapping app will be Apple Maps, an in-house product. 

Why boot Google Maps? Because Google is a competitor in the smartphone market. And there's no use giving a competitor stage space on your flagship device. Which would all be fine if the "the best smartphone on the market" wasn't running a deficient mapping application. 

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