iPhone 5 Dominates: Tech Weekly
On Monday, Apple announced that iPhone 5 pre-orders had set a new record. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant sold more than 2 million units in its first 24 hours.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, was ecstatic. "iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," he said, in a press release. "iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we've ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do."
Amid all the iPhone 5 hype, Apple's stock moved past the $700 mark Tuesday , as investors continued to flock to shares like ants at a picnic.
Several analysts raised their Apple price targets this week, with some seeing as much as 20% upside in shares. One especially bullish analyst was Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee, who raised his price target to $840 from $820 while keeping a buy rating.
"We continue to believe many underestimate iPhone 5 in that it is a significant update and will drive a powerful product cycle," he wrote, adding later: "We continue to believe iPhone 5 will put a lot of pressure on competitors where it will incrementally capture a portion of customers attracted to Android/Windows smart phones with larger screens and/or 4G LTE wireless."
Wednesday saw the public release of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 6.
Included in the new operating system are Passbook, an app for storing coupons, tickets and gift cards, and Apple Maps, which replaces Google (GOOG) Maps. Everyone's favorite voice navigation assistant, Siri, also received several updates.
Even though a significant number of people praised iOS 6, one feature did not get a glowing response: Apple Maps .
Many are disappointed at the information, accuracy, and data points available on Apple's new mapping application, when compared to Google Maps. It caused quite a media backlash, enough for Apple to respond on Thursday.
"Customers around the world are upgrading to iOS 6 with over 200 new features including Apple Maps, our first map service," said Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller. "We are excited to offer this service with innovative new features like Flyover and Siri integration, and free turn-by-turn navigation."
"We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it," Miller added. "We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get. We're also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better."