When all the complaints began surfacing for Apple’s iOS 6 maps, I was focused on wrapping up work assignments prior to vacation so the problems weren’t on my radar. I had immediately downloaded the new operating system for my iPhone 4S, but hadn’t yet needed to use the maps function. Until vacation began.

This was the first vacation I hadn’t loaded up on paper maps from AAA. I would rely solely on my iPhone. Besides, my vacation destination was my home state of North Carolina. I have a general feel for the lay of the land, I figured.

My initial reaction to iOS 6 maps was absolute glee. I wasn’t previously aware that with the new system, Siri stays on the phone, directing us step-by-step until we reach our final destination. Siri, where have you been my entire directionally challenged life, I marveled.

But then iOS 6 started sending me down dead-end streets, told me to exit left off the highway onto oncoming traffic instead of exiting right, and failed to acknowledge the existence of a major street in one of the towns I was visiting. Notice that I can’t bring myself to blame Siri — only iOS 6?

Still, I made excuses. WelI, at least half the time the system gave me the right directions, I justified. I just couldn’t bring myself to be too hard on Apple. Would you be satisfied if your dentist got it right only half the time, a friend challenged me. Would you be happy if your bank got your account right just half the time, the friend continued.

Valid point. But I doubt I’m alone in giving Apple a pass this time or for any other occasional less-than-satisfactory individual feature, considering how much Apple has given us with these amazing tools that have become so central to our professional and personal lives.

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