Apple announced iOS 6 today at their WWDC event. Instead of going writing a paragraphs and paragraphs about what’s new in iOS 6 I know many will just want to know the main things which are new. So here is a to-the-point list telling you what’s new.
iOS 6 now gets rid of the use of Google Maps. They are now launching their own maps service. They have introduced their own traffic service which will take advantage of anonymous and crowd-sourced data to let you know of any disruptions. Turn-by-turn navigation has been introduced at last, and can be used with Siri.
Passbook is a whole new feature which is something which not many apps do out there. It gathers your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards all into one place. It is also time and location based so say you were to arrive at Starbucks, it would remind you to get your Starbucks loyalty card out.
Siri has changed massively and is probably the biggest and most notable of iOS 6.
- Siri can now work in more countries.
- Is available on the iPad.
- Can help you find out scores on sports or can help you find out date and times on upcoming events.
- Can show you player stats and can compare them with other players.
- Can track your favourite team.
- Can now show you movie times, based on your location or whatever time you ask for.
- Can find out more information about films, like who’s directing it and what awards it may have won.
- You can ask Siri to also show you films based on an actor.
- Siri can help you find restaurants based on cuisine, price and location. With Yelp integration you can also find reviews. And you can make reservations through the OpenTable app
- Facebook and Twitter are now integrated with Siri. Enabling you to post content on your profiles with Siri.
- Siri can now open apps.
- Apple is also working with car manufacturers to get Siri integrated into their cars. This could be a killer feature if major car manufacturers were to accept.
With Twitter integration in iOS 5, it was inevitable for Facebook to come next. Facebook is now deeply integrated into iOS 6, just like Twitter. Contacts and calendars can now be in sync with your Facebook profile. The like button has also been integrated into iTunes and the App Store. You can now “like” your favourite apps, songs or movies.
The photos app has been updated to make sharing photos easier. You can now select any photos and share them online to friends or family. People can comment on your photos too.
FaceTime has got a minor update which now lets you use the service over 3G.
New features have been added to the phone app.
- When someone calls you, you can now swipe up to reveal more options.
- These options include decline call, reply with message or remind your later to call them.
- There is also a new “Do Not Disturb” feature which completely silences your phone from everything. You can have this set manually or schedule it. Great for people who work in environments where phones aren’t allowed.
The Safari browser has been updated to include a number of new features.
- iCloud tabs now enables you to browse seamlessly from device to device, so you can pick up where you left off.
- There is now a fullscreen mode which enables you to make use of the whole screen.
- Offline reading list now lets you save stuff to read for later.
This has been updated massively to cater to people who have vision, hearing, learning and mobility disabilities. A feature like “Guided Access” enables disabled students to focus on a task or on the content. It also allows a parent, teacher or admin to limit what you can do with the app. So it can cater to parents who let their little children play with their phone but don’t want to rack up any unexpected bills.
These are the main changes for now. There’s nothing spectacular or revolutionary, just updates to make iOS a better mobile OS.
iOS 6 will be available this fall and will be compatible on the following devices:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPod Touch 4th generation
- iPad 2
- iPad 3rd generation