iPhone 5 skips Australian turn-by-turn directions

One of the watershed features in Apple's new iOS 6 software is built-in maps, though it seems that Australia will miss out on turn-by-turn directions when the firmware is released.

One of the watershed features in Apple's new iOS 6 software is built-in maps, though it seems that Australia will miss out on turn-by-turn directions when the firmware is released.

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As spotted by Gizmodo AU, Apple lists regional availability for all new iOS features, and though Australia is listed for mapping directions, it isn't one of the nearly 60 countries listed for turn-by-turn navigation.

In response to this, an enterprising Whirlpool forum member emailed Apple's Scott Forstall, who reportedly replied with concerns about the mapping data available.

"Australia is definitely important to us. We first need to make sure our data is exceptional and qualified, before turning on turn-by-turn," said Forstall in the email.

In reality, this probably equates to incomplete licensing deals, rather than inaccurate map data. It's a real shame for Aussie iOS users, though it doesn't sound like a permanent situation, and there are still plenty of third-party alternatives available to fill in the gaps.

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