Here’s a wrap-up of what you can expect from the new iOS iteration.
At WWDC yesterday, Apple announced and detailed iOS 6, a new version of the operating system for its iPhone and iPad devices. Below is a round-up of what users expect can out of the new OS when it releases this Fall.
If you like the Google Maps app on your device, I think it’s time to start saying your goodbyes and comforting sentences like “it’s going to be alright”. When iOS 6 releases, Apple will be replacing it with one of it’s own. It’s simply called Maps, and unlike Google Maps will feature full turn by turn navigation, 3D navigation and real-time traffic updates. Also, an option to “soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.”
Apple’s lovely voice recognition app can now show sports stats, movie timings, make restaurant reservations, and even open app for the lazies. It also knows more languages and works in more countries.
Shared Photo Streams
Users can now share photos exclusively with the folks they want to. Users on the ‘shared’ stream can access those photos from their iOS device, Apple TV or on the web, comment on the picture, and even ‘like’ them. Users sharing the photos will obviously use Apple’s iCloud service, but fortunately, your photo streams will not be counted against your iCloud storage.
Throw away your airplane tickets, boarding passes, loyalty cards and cash coupons, your iOS device should be able to handle all of those now (disclaimer: our suggestion to throw your tickets and cards was meant metaphorically. Do not actually do it – not until iOS 6 releases.) Passbook will be your single-stop shop for all the aforementioned needs. It’s even programmed to keep track of time and location, so if you have your boarding pass stored in your Passbook, it will bring it up to your lock screen when you check-in to the airport.
Like Twitter, Facebook will now be natively integrated into iOS. This means users can share photos directly from the camera or photo roll, post locations right from Maps, share high score from Game Center, etc. Facebook events will also be integrated into the Calendar app, along with all your friend’s profile information into Contacts.
More options when you get a call
A much need feature, this. Now when you receive a call, you have a number of options to deal with it – either reply with a pre-defined or custom SMS, or tell your device to remind you later to call back. Never miss a missed call, eh?
Do Not Disturb
Another much needed feature. Your phone can be annoying when you are in a meeting, beeping and bopping with all the messages and calls it receives, even while it’s on silent mode. Well, not anymore. The Do Not Disturb feature will silent your phone completely – no more beeps and bops, and needy nudges to check it out. It will suppress all incoming calls and notifications, while still continue to collect them. You can create a whitelist, however, which allows your selected contacts to bypass the DNB firewall.
iOS 6 will now allow you to set up a VIP list so “you’ll never miss an important message from your accountant, your boss, or your BFF.” It will also be much easier to add photos and videos into email messages.
iOS 6 will make using Apple devices easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities. The Guided Access apps allows a parent or a teacher to disable the Home button to keep the user focused on the content. It will also allow users to restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. The screen reader app VoiceOver is also now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.
Find My iPhone Bettered
The Find My iPhone app will able to do more than just finding your ‘misplaced’ iOS device. It will allow users to lock their phone and show a contact number for any good guy greg who must have found it. It will also keep track of where the phone is and keep sending reports back to the user.
The iTunes store, Appe Store and the iBook store will receive a face lift and a couple of new features, too. One of the features include a ‘history’ tab that keeps track of what you previewed for easy access to find the apps you were looking at before and buy them.
As mentioned before, iOS 6 will release sometime in the Fall. If you would like to try it out immediately, you will need an Apple developers account to access the beta.