The iPhone 5 has been out for nearly two months now. But judging by the overall app landscape, you'd hardly know it has been seven weeks (or eight, if you start counting at the date of the announcement) since the iPhone 5 made its debut. While some apps have been updated to take advantage of the iPhone 5's larger screen, many more have not.
What's the holdup? That's the question we've found ourselves asking here at the Ars Orbiting HQ. Whether we use the iPhone 5 because it's directly connected to our jobs (ahem) or because it's what works best in our personal lives, we've all run into apps that are clearly still formatted for the smaller iPhone 4/4S screen, with black bars at the top and bottom. And these aren't little, no-name apps either—there are some major companies, firms with wildly popular applications, that have yet to update their apps for the iPhone 5. [Editor's Note: most of the applications have received other maintenance updates, and several of them new features. But no iPhone 5 screen support. This is not a list of "dead" apps.]
Who are we talking about? There are a couple of software giants: Google—which mysteriously has updated its Gmail and Chrome apps, but not Latitude, Translate, or Voice—and Microsoft, with its Bing app. There are also the airlines, like American Airlines, FlyDelta, and jetBlue, which have yet to update their apps for the larger screen, or Amtrak for train enthusiasts like our Deputy Editor Nate Anderson.