iPhone 5 edged out by other top smartphones, says Consumer Reports

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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Adding to the recent lack of consumer enthusiasm surrounding Apple, respected consumer review publication Consumer Reports is putting its foot down against the iPhone 5.

“Consumer Reports actually rates the iPhone 5 the worst of the top smartphones,” Business Insider reported Friday, although Consumer Reports did not say why it thought so.

In a “first look” piece on the iPhone 5, Consumer Reports faulted the phone for its mapping service, which the publication said was inferior to Google’s maps offering. Google has since released a free app for iPhone users that allows them to access Google’s maps service free of charge.

The iPhone wasn’t the “worst” top phone by a large margin, though. For AT&T and Sprint, the iPhone 5 placed between just one and two points behind two Android phones: the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Apple’s flagship device did not even make into the top three smartphones for Verizon, falling behind Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx and Droid Razr HD, and Samsung’s Galaxy S III — all of which run on Google’s Android operating system.

The company is, however, rumored to be busy dreaming up the next iPhone model, popularly called the iPhone 6. The Next Web reported that developers have begun to see a new identifier, ‘iPhone6.1’, appear in app usage logs, and the device looks to be running on a new version of Apple’s iPhone operating system – iOS 7.

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