iOS 6 Features

 

iOS 6
The following is taken from the awesome site www.iphonehacks.com

Apple unveiled their much awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 6 at last week’s WWDC 2012 Keynote, which has over 200 new features and improvements.

We’ve already covered some of the major new features, but to make it easier for you to take a quick look at all the new features and changes in iOS 6, we’ve created this comprehensive list, which already includes more than 100 new features and changes.

Maps

Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the all-new Maps app.

Siri

  • The new iPad (iPad 3) also gets Siri
  • Siri can answer sports related queries. So you can now simply speak to Siri and get game schedules, scores, player info and team records. Siri supports baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey including a number of sports leagues, listed below:
    • Italian Serie A
    • English Premier League
    • MLS
    • French Ligue 1
    • Dutch Eredivisie
    • Spanish La Liga
    • German Bundeliga
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • NCAA Basketball
    • WNBA
    • NHL
  • By tapping into Rotten Tomatoes’ database, Siri can now show you movie reviews and ratings. She can also tell you movie listings based on location or showtime. Movie information is presented in a neat card that aggregates all relevant information, and packages them in a compact view. The information shown includes awards, cast, ratings and trailers. You could even directly ask Siri to play a trailer, which is then played in the movie player. Queries like “who directed a movie”, “show me movies starring Scarlett Johanson” are also understood by Siri.
  • You can now find restaurants based on cuisine, price, location and ratings. Siri is also integrated with Yelp and Open Table, which means you can see reviews, ratings, and photos of restaurants within Siri, and if you like a place you can tell Siri to take you in to the OpenTable app to make a reservation.
  • Apps can be launched by saying “run ” or “open ” pr “play “
  • Facebook updates and Twitter tweets can be posted using Siri.
  • Siri can read your incoming notifications.
  • “Eyes Free” feature allowing for cars to integrate with Siri with a mic button on steering wheel and for launching Siri functions. Screen is disabled during Eyes Free mode.
  • Support for New Languages: Canadian English, Spanish (Spain/Mexico), Italian, Switzerland (Italian), Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China/Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong/Mainland China)
  • Local Search will be available globally.

Check out this article for a more details about the new features and improvements coming to Siri in iOS 6.

Facebook Integration

  • Facebook integrated into core applications on iOS 6; similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5
  • Integrated into Notification Center
  • Integrated in Siri and APIs for third-party apps
  • Address book can sync contact information from friends on Facebook
  • Facebook Events and birthdays in Calendar
  • Like button is available in the App Store and iTunes Store. So you can like songs, albums, shows, movies, and apps.

Passbook

  • New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.
  • Store coupons and gift cards in a wallet-like app
  • Airplane boarding passes for flights; updates boarding pass information in real time if changes are made
  • Passbok is time and location enabled, so passes and tickets appear on the lock screen when necessary. You can swipe the notification to access the pass.

Notification System

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improved Notification System in iOS 6.

Photos

  • Shared Photo Streams. Photos can be shared with other contacts. Photos shared can be commented on and liked. If you share photos with people who don’t have Apple devices, they can view photos on the web.
  • Get notifications when family and friends share a photo.
  • Share photo streams don’t count against iCloud storage
  • New sharing menu

Phone

  • Sliding Phone shortcut (like sliding camera shortcut) that allows you to either “Reply with Message” or “Remind me Later” when you get a call.
  • Reply with Message – You can use one of the preset messages such as “I’ll call you later.”, “I’m on my way.”, “What’s up?” or respond with a custom message to inform the caller than you can’t talk right now.
  • Remind me Later – you can be reminded in an hour, when you get home, when you get to work or when you leave (which sets a geofence around your current locations so that when you leave the meeting or building, you will be reminded to call the person)
  • Do not disturb toggle, which allows you to suppress all incoming calls unless callers are in your Favorites or from people in a group that you’ve created in your Contact list. You can also schedule the time when you do not want to be disturbed.
  • New white themed UI for dial pad.

Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to the Mail app in iOS 6.

Mail

  • Create a VIP list so emails from important people are starred and can be access via the new Mail app
  • Customize notifications and alert tones for VIP lists
  • New Mailbox for flagged emails
  • Attach photos and videos within the Mail app
  • Added Pull-to-Refresh to update Mail accounts
  • Open password-protected Microsoft Office documents
  • Create a signature per email account
  • Customize notifications for each email account

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.

Safari

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.

FaceTime

  • Make FaceTime calls over cellular network (iPhone 4S & 3rd generation iPad only)

Music

  • New streamlined UI with white and black themes (iPhone/iPod touch only)
  • The reflection on the new metallic slider’s virtual knob changes if you tilt your iPhone from side to side. It uses the gyroscope/accelerometer data.
  • Late Night Mode equalizer

Check out the screenshots and video of the revamped Music app here.

Contacts

  • Search All Fields
  • Custom vibrations for text messages per contact

Reminders

  • Manual reorder of reminders
  • Manual location entry for reminders
  • Displays badges for outstanding tasks
  • Location based reminders for iPad

App Store

  • Revamped user interface
  • Applications can be purchased from within apps
  • Installing a app no longer takes the user to the home screen. The app will download and install while continuing to browse the store.
  • Previously purchased app or updating an app no longer requires the iTunes password to be entered
  • Top 25 tab renamed as Top Charts

iTunes

  • Revamped user interface
  • Content can be purchased from within apps

Check out this article for more details about changes coming to the iTunes and App Store apps in iOS 6.

Settings

Accessibilty

Guided Access:

  • Allows user to lock exiting of the app in Single App Mode.
  • Allows users to disable certain controls within a specific app.

iCloud

  • Status of Notifications synced across iOS devices
  • iCloud tabs in Safari
  • Personal Dictionary synchronization

Clock

  • Alarm can be set to any song in Music app
  • Clock app added to iPad
  • A slightly changed Icon

Weather

  • A cleaner and slick new UI

Game Center

  • Game Center challenges
  • Facebook friends integration

Camera

  • HDR improvements
  • Darker theme

Find My iPhone:

Find My Friends:

  • Find My Friends app to get geofencing notification system. This will let you set up an alert for contacts in your Find My Friends app; when they leave or arrive at a given location, you’ll receive an alert or banner notification.

Security

  • Kernel ASLR added

Usage

  • Time since Last Full Charge for iPod and iPad.

Other

Compatibility:

iOS 6 will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the new iPad and the 4th gen iPod touch. However, check out this article to find out the list of features that won’t be available for older iOS devices.

Availability:

iOS 6 will be released later this spring New Zealand time. It is expected it to be released a couple of days before the next generation iPhone is released.

So there you go. Some cool new features there.

 

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