Sales of the iPhone 5 are unharmed by the shortcomings of Apple Maps, according to a smartphone-industry number-cruncher.
Flaws with Apple Maps, which replaces Google Maps as the iPhone’s default mapping solution with the latest iOS 6 version of Apple’s OS, came to light within hours of the platform bump being made available for download.
Mistakes include misspelled place names, the baffling inclusion of retail chains that went bust over a decade ago, as well as historic towns that are completely absent.
But despite reams of negative publicity for Apple Maps and acres of web space devoted to pillorying its flaws, the iPhone army’s ardour for the handset is undimmed. At least, that’s according to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu.
In a note to investors, he states: "Despite well-publicized concerns with its new Maps app, we have not picked up changes in supply chain build plans.
"Demand appears robust with its online store quoting a lead time of three-to-four weeks"
Wu’s claims come after Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an uncharacteristic apology to buyers about the glitches that hamstring Apple Maps’ usefulness.
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