Apple previewed iOS 6 at WWDC day 1, which adds over 200 new features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. 6th iOS by Apple is said to give you more features to make the things you do every day even better. Apple also released a beta version of the new software to iOS Developer Program members. As for the end users, it’s coming this fall, and will be free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for free the moment it’s available. Updated iOS 6 features include:
- Maps - taking a whole new turn! The most rumored and probably the most awaited feature of the iOS 6 is the new Maps, taking a whole new turn! Designed by Apple from the ground up, Maps gives users turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover feature. Read more...
- Siri - now it understands more about sports scores and stats, where to eat, what movies to see and is even capable to make Facebook posts. Siri understands more languages and works in more countries. And most exciting of all, with Siri on the new iPad, on more devices, too! Read more...
- Facebook - with no need to leave the app, now it’s easier than ever to interact with the world’s largest social network. With the ability to share a photo to Facebook right from Camera or Photos, post the location right from Maps and even brag about a high score right from Game Center, Facebook is finally integrated throughout the iOS!
- Shared Photo Streams - sharing selected photos with chosen people is now available with friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. The thing to note is that sharing capacity is not limited as the shared photo streams don’t count against iCloud storage, and they work over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
- Passbook - enabling you to save your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more now all in one place by scanning iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. Moreover, Passbook enables users to check which or when coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Despite being useful, Passbook is smart too – appearing on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place when you wake your iPhone or iPod touch. Read more...
- FaceTime - now working over cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, this feature allows users to make and receive FaceTime calls almost in every country via iPhone 4 or later, or iPad 2 or later with. However Carrier data charges may apply.
Moreover, iOS 6 adds new calling features to iPhones. One of which is that when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. A customizable Do Not Disturb mode is also available for those too hectic moments we all experience quite often.
iOS 6 also delivers a lot better mailing experience with a redesigned streamlined interface for easier reading and writing. To make sure you don’t miss an important message from your accountant, your boss, or your BFF, a VIP list feature is introduced. Additionally, photos and videos attaching is far easier.
Safari is updated too – it now saves web pages — not just links, so you can catch up on your reading even when you can’t connect to the Internet. Additional augmentations are added too, bringing even better web browsing to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Apple has thought of people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities and has made it easier for them to get the most from their iOS devices. iOS6 brings number of features including:
• Guided Access for students with disabilities to help remain on task and focused on content via limiting the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen;
• VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom;
• Power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience for iPhone hearing aids.