Comments: 'Holding the phone wrong' or 'iMiss Steve Jobs'? Seeds of Apple discontent
Tamsyn Vohradsky holds up her iPhone 5 after becoming the first to get it at a store in Sydney, Australia.
September 21st, 2012
08:20 PM ET

Comments: 'Holding the phone wrong' or 'iMiss Steve Jobs'? Seeds of Apple discontent

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. We're featuring a few of our favorites here. Be sure to participate in the mobile photo challenge on Saturday, September 22,  part of Our Mobile Society.

If you're Apple, there's good news, and there's bad news.

iPhone 5: The wait is over

First, the good news: You sold a bunch of iPhone 5s, and people lined up or ordered online. We received more than 20 iReports from excited customers showing us overnight campouts and people who queued for several days. Veenu Aishwarya of Philadelphia went to an Apple store just to experience the scene.

Veenu: "It was my first such event to witness an iPhone launch at an Apple store. Although, I was not in line for the iPhone, I was equally excited just to see all the smiling faces and the level of energy and enthusiasm among Apple fans."

Some readers said they are happy with their Apple products.

Xeres: "My iPhone 5 is waiting for me at home. No waiting in a line needed."

icharliem2: "I'd used Apple products for 30 years. Never had a major problem. A lot of times what you get is more than what you can see. Never heard many people who switched to Apple products say they're bad. Only those who've never owned one. Are they the best in all things ? I don't think so, but their integration of hardware and software is better than anyone else and keeps getting better."

And now, the bad news. We saw quite a bit of backlash among our commenters.

Eddie Francis: "I hope the people in the photo are happier human beings now, seeing they just bought a phone. What an achievement."

What would animals, or aliens, say about us as a species?

AnywhereElse: " 'Humans can be so silly.' –Pigeons worldwide observing the Apple lines"

maxemoose36: " 'Silly ... for me to poop on!' –Triumph (the insult comic dog)"

agent13: "My name is Zoltar from the planet Ux. Upon visiting your lovely planet all the locals told me I should try this Apple, that it was awesome. You were right. It's very delicious, except for the outer case. It tends to get stuck in my teeth."

A debate took place about other companies' products.

justcause1: "I am an iPhone user, generation 4, my wife bought her Galaxy S3 and I can tell you it is light years ahead of the iPhone 5, now wait, there is a Galaxy S4 coming out in February. It is going to make iPhone 5 look like old technology. You wonder why Apple is having a fit over the Samsung smartphone success, Apple is all marketing."

DingGate: "I think it's packaged better than my old Android. I can pick up my girlfriend's iPhone and figure out how to do pretty much whatever I need. Most people are lost when they pick up my phone. Same with PC vs. Macs. I could always figure out a Mac pretty easily. I could do more on my PC, but I had to learn how to do it."

This of course led to some arguing about the arguing.

Keva Phipps: "I don't understand the Apple hatred. If you don't like them, just move on. Sitting on a message board spewing about a product doesn't exactly make you a 'winner,' people. If we want to wait in lines for iPhones, midnight movies, or TV's on Black Friday, what's it to you? Why does it even matter? Answer that question."

breakmyrustycage: "What's it to me? I get enjoyment out of watching you make a fool of yourself by overspending on an already outdated technology while all the time thinking you are on the cutting edge. Pick up a Samsung GS3 instead and you'll have more cred."

Enough of the bad; now for the ugly. Readers mostly groused about the new iOS6 maps app.

Users: Apple iOS 6 maps are a mess

Several readers referred to a joke coined during the iPhone 4 era's so-called antenna-gate.

casprd: "Come on now. There is nothing wrong with the maps. You're just holding the phone wrong."

This reader was not at all impressed.

Chindokae: "Yesterday I updated two iPads to IOS 6. At first I thought the new Maps app was some kind of practical joke. In Google Maps I can see my apartment windows and 70-cm satellite dish. On Apple maps the whole city is just a multicolored blob of very bad 100-meter resolution imagery 10-20 years out of date. This is the most ridiculous excuse for a GIS app I have ever seen."

Nicholas Weiner: "Apple was way too obsessed with distancing themselves from Google for their maps software, and have pretty much confirmed my commitment to Android devices for the foreseeable future."

Is it because of Steve Jobs?

sidart: "iMiss Steve Jobs! Without him, it's getting messy."

The man who jumped out of a monorail and into a Bronx Zoo tiger pit became part of the discussion. Zoo staff used a fire extinguisher to keep away a nearby tiger; the man is in critical condition. Readers wondered what got the man there in the first place.

Tazkven: "Must had been using Apple's new iOS6 maps on the iPhone 5."

commongrnd: "Siri: 'Concession stands are to your lower right, please exit the car now.' "

One reader had a theory about Apple's "rubber band" effect, which gives apps an elastic scrolling feel. It's a thought-provoking point.

Ed Edvil: "Not a techie, but I suspect the distorted maps got the effect from Apple's 'rubber band' patent. They won the lawsuit against Samsung on it. As I see it, stretching a rubberband will have a bouncing effect, but stretching landscapes won't do. Bridges will collapse, roads will curve because they're not elastic, the 3-D topology goes wacky with rubber bands."

So what fruit is Apple now?

PUNEET KUMAR: "Time to rename Apple as Orange. The Amazing iOS6 Maps gone horribly wrong. Steve Jobs would have never released this app at present condition."

akdesert: "As a former Apple fan, I think Lemon is more appropriate. A company driven by greed and desire to destroy competitors is not visionary. They are masterful at marketing and the sheeple eat it up. If they released new iPhones every month, I imagine many of these sheeple would buy every new release. Apple is laughing all the way to the bank."

What do you think? What's your take on smartphone technology? Comment below or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. genomega1

    The cult of apple, these are the same people that denounce the oil companies for making a 2% profit on a gallon of gas while apple makes a 70% profit on toys made in China sweat shops.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I truely believe Alexander Graham Bell is the poor soul that got screwed over by his invention. And Steve Jobs? He wasn't even born yet. No iPhone, no iPad, No "i" anything. Life was simpler then. Wanna new phone? Pick your style and color and the phone guy will be out tomorrow to wire in your service. This is more of a modern tale portraying "feelings of attachment to a thing, then it's curator", all from being insecure yourself. That's all. Alexander Graham Bell was a well respected inventor. And the best part of this story? The invention of the first telephone was his. This was nothing cloned from someone else.
    Ma Bell got her revenge when people were tired of putting coins into pay phones everywhere. Now Ma Bell "makes you WEAR a pay phone".

    September 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sleepytime w/Noam Chomsky

    From childhood on, a lot of it (schools, education) is designed to prevent people from being independant and creative. If you're independant minded in school, you're probably going to get in trouble early on. That's not the trait that's being preferred or cultivated.
    When people love through all this stuff, plus corporate propaganda, plus television, plus the press and the whole mess, the deluge of ideological distortion that goes on...
    read Noam Chomsky for more. (yawn) gn

    September 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sleepytime w/Noam Chomsky

    *live through all this stuff, rather. Agape'

    September 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    The irony about marketing "smartphones"is they are in reality not a phone but a special purpose computing device designed for the generation of multimedia comunications and playback that can also serve as a phone. Until someone developes a flexible foldable screen, the larger screened devices are becoming to large

    September 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    ....too large to be conveniently handheld and stored away and the smaller screened ones are becoming too miniaturized to take advantage of all the features offered!

    September 21, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    People getting all excited over an overpriced phone that they can't afford and technically don't even own because you're on a 2 year contract. Congratulations, I hope your life is now complete...or so you thought.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Medicated

    A couple of years ago I saw an interview w the man who invented the mobile phone. He joked about how huge it was n how the current ones are so sleek n small. Then he said he has never felt accomplished bc no one has picked up where he left off n completed his first n only original goal: a mobile phone that can actually make phone calls.

    September 22, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lmao @ Portland Tony, my mom calls them *human tracking devices!* lol

    September 22, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. jstanley54

    I love my Phone

    September 22, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. question

    Why are cell phones banned from being on primary school property in France?
    Seriously. There is no need to use this as an excuse to make fun of vichy French.
    Why are cell phones banned where small humans attend school in France?

    September 22, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. If I change my name will mods print me now??

    It's Simple. Apple critics who don't actually own the product are simply messed up inside and want to share their toxins with the rest of us. How nice of you. These PPL live to hurt others as they have been hurt, as fromrm of self medication. Sad, really. Meanwhile, Apple sells product at twenty times the rate as the last iPhone. Nar-ne-Nar-ne-Nar-Nar.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Gia

      I've owned both, and I can tell you that I DON'T CARE! It's a PHONE, not your wife...sheesh!

      September 22, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. If I change my name will mods print me now??

    Dear Readers, please keep in mind that Apple critics are a very vocal and rather nasty bunch who, in reality are an infinitesimally small segment of our population, thank Heavens. The number of iPhone sales says it all. I'm writing here on my iPhone, which I continue to enjoy. Thankyou Apple for a marvelous product.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    When the people of this nation start getting into arguments and are being over-competi tive and start name calling over a PHONE, it's time to re-evaluate on one's values and priorities are.

    September 22, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. dettrick

    Thank you for a spectacularly uninformative article.

    September 22, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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