We have covered iOS 6 since it was released to the developers and boy have we enjoyed it. We have showed you in-depth reviews, hands on and even the little things iOS 6 has to offer, yet there is more to discover.
I thought, with the help of the internet and my iDevices with iOS 6 on it, I would recap what we know and what is so awesome about the supposed “small” update.
The list below is by no means a full list but rather a list of some of the bigger, and smaller things that make the update worth waiting for!
iOS 6 includes Facebook within the underlying OS. While I am not a big user (nor fan) of Facebook, it seems like a logical next step for Apple.
- Photos - you can now post your pictures directly from the Photos app.
- Tap to Post - you can now update your Facebook status from the Notification Center, which is my favorite part of iOS 6 thus far.
The Phone app
The Phone app gets a slight upgrade in iOS 6 with a very blue cool new look, and the ability to decline phone calls. You can respond with preset or custom SMS messages or with Siri.
The Messages app has a small but significant upgrade when viewing pictures that have been sent via iMessage or SMS now. Now you have the ability to arrow through ALL of your photos in that conversation. While small, this feature is pretty well thought out.
FaceTime gets the “use over cellular” upgrade rather than just WiFi. This is huge for all of you Grandparents out there!
The Maps app has been completely redesigned in iOS 6. The look, the feel and no more Google. Is that a bad thing?
- 3D Flyover view – Maps now features gorgeous 3D models of buildings, landmarks, and monuments. See which iDevice you need to see this.
- Turn-by-turn – Maps can now give users audible turn-by-turn directions to help them get to their destinations. See which iDevice you need to see this.
- Traffic – Maps now uses real-time traffic conditions to calculate ETAs. It can also offer details about incidents and alternate routes to speed up travel times.
There aren’t many new features in the Photos app in iOS 6, but there are a few notable changes:
- New share menu – There’s a new sharing menu in iOS 6 that allows users to upload photos and videos to Facebook, Twitter, and other services.
- Shared Photo Streams – users can now easily share media from their Photo Streams with their friends and family, either via the Photos app, iPhotos, or even the web.
The new Mail application in iOS 6 is exactly like the old one, but with the addition of a few handy features:
- VIP Lists – a list of the contacts that you’d like to receive notifications from upon every email. Not sure I will ever use this but I am sure some of you out there will.
- Pull-to-refresh – you can now use the popular pull-to-refresh gesture to refresh your inbox. While useful for the non push email users, this is rather late to the game if you ask me.
- Photo attachements – It’s about damn time! The workflow prior to iOS 6 was soooo clunky. Now you can attach photos and videos to emails without ever leaving the Mail application!
Do you have a favorite update to your iOS?
Stay tuned to Geekfori for your iOS 6 updates and news!