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The iPhone 5 & Apple's history of launch problems

The vibrating motor Apple is using in the new iPhone 5, or at least one version of it, is apparently not as smooth, quiet, and precise as the motor that's in the iPhone 4S. Or maybe people are just switching their phones into silent mode wrong.

The Next Web - extrapolating from an iFixit teardown of a US-branded (AT&T) iPhone 5 - noted that the rotational vibrator in Apple's latest smartphone is different than the part used to vibrate the earlier iPhone 4S.

Instead of a linear oscillating vibrator like the one in the previous generation iPhone 4S, Apple appears to have decided to go back to a motor similar to the one used in its iPhone 4 a few years back. The result is a rougher, louder sensation when one of the new iPhones vibrates, according to some users.

The backlash over this, such as it is, is unlikely to reach the level of frustration new iPhone 5 owners expressed over Apple's decision to switch out the Google Maps app that was standard on previous iPhones for its own Maps app on the new handset. On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook actually apologised for the deficiencies of the company's Maps app and even advised iPhone 5 owners to try out other options, including Google's.

Still, it wouldn't really be an iPhone launch without multiple things to grumble over, would it? From Siri's somewhat-less-than-total-awesomeness to "antennagate" and overheating issues of the past, it seems like there's always a couple of things that are a little or even a lot wrong with each new iPhone right out of the gate.

Of course, Apple never has a problem selling new iPhones like hotcakes — even if they're very hot hotcakes that shake violently and have no clue where they are.