Before its release, Apple gave the iPhone 5 to select reviewers at leading national publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Time, CNET and Engadget.
Initial reviews are full of praise, though with a few criticisms. The biggest complaints: The new, smaller Lightning connector, and the new Apple mapping system, which replaces Google Maps.
New OS good, Maps feature "awful"
In addition, Thursday night many reviewers were able to put Apple's new iOS6 operating system to the test, after its release earlier in the day. This will be the mobile operating system on the new iPhone, and is available as an upgrade to the iPhone 4S.
Most reviewers are impressed with the iOS upgrade, with the exception of some aspects of Apple's new mapping system, which replaces Google maps. It no longer offers Google's street view, though it does offer narrated turn by turn directions.
But a growing number of reviewers say the new Apple mapping system, stinks when compared with Google.