Nathan Jurgenson's essay The IRL Fetish is a great analysis of the current online/offline dimension created by the 'deep infiltration of digital information into our lives', but I don't entirely agree with it.
iOS 6 Maps is a far worse application than the previous, Google-based Maps. It's a serious issue that mustn't be downplayed. People don't care about silly wars among multi-billion companies, they want their devices to work.
Perhaps the new iPod nano is a weak, timid product, one of the last ramparts of a dying market, and it might look less cool than the model it replaces, but at least it's an improvement in usability.
A lot of people — perhaps a bit too many — have already commented on the new iPhone 5 and the Apple music event of September 12. I thought I'd just share five quick observations.