iOS 6 was released a few days ago, bringing more than 200 new features across multiple iOS devices. But how much benefit are you going to get by updating to this latest iteration? Let’s find out by reading our overview of the main features.
iOS 6 debuted with the Passbook app on board. The goal of the app is to help you keep the details of your boarding passes, store cards and coupons on your phone. So far the Passbook Apps available are for establishments and businesses in the US. Hopefully local stores and establishments release their own Passbook app soon.
iOS 5 brought Twitter integration to iOS devices, allowing you to tweet almost anywhere in the device. Now they have included this feature on Facebook as well including its own widget inside the Notification Center, making it easier to post an update. You can also sync your Facebook friends to your contact list similar to what Android does.
Updating to iOS 6 means ditching Google Maps. As a replacement, Apple introduced its own mapping system with turn-by-turn navigation powered by TomTom. Compared to Google Maps it still looks unfinished and lacks details. You also have the option to view the map in 3D or do the Flyover. As of the moment our local maps doesn’t have that feature yet but you can head to U.S. territories and try it out.
New App Store
The App Store was given a makeover in iOS 6 with an aim of making it simpler. Almost everything has been rearranged and looks confusing at first but you’ll get the hang of it. What I like though is that the App Store doesn’t exit to the homepage when you download an app. You get to stay in the App Store and keep downloading as much as you want. Also you don’t need to enter your password every now and then which saves you time. However, like most iOS builds, it is without any flaw. There are times when I cannot connect to the App Store. Turns out other users are experiencing this as well.
The camera was finally given native Panorama support in iOS 6. Just tap on the Option button and tap on Panorama. You’ll need to take the shot on portrait mode instead of landscape though. Overall it’s a good addition and stitches images really well.
Siri’s new tricks
Siri gets an upgrade too. It can now launch apps, Tweet and post on Facebook for you and provide information on sports, restaurants and movies. But it still needs some improvement in its location services especially here in the Philippines. I told Siri I was hungry and it recommended restaurants at least 70 miles away from where I am.
New look for Phone and Music app
iOS 6 gave the Phone and Music app some aesthetic upgrades as well. The dialer now has lighter keys compared to the darker ones on the previous iOS version. The Music app now has a metallic feel to it. Nothing really fancy here but it looks good.
Other upgrades include an improved Email app with VIP inbox, Mobile Safari now has offline-reading and can enter full-screen mode. The built-in YouTube app has been removed to pave way for the official YouTube app from the App Store. There’s FaceTime over cellular and Shared Photo Streams as well.
If you’re wondering which features are coming to your specific iOS device, check out the table below:
Just like it promised, iOS 6 brought lots of improvements, upgrades and new features to iOS devices. It’s not that polished yet so expect a 6.1 or a 6.0.1 soon. But all in all, iOS just keeps getting better and better.
What do you guys think? Is iOS 6 a worthy upgrade? Share your thoughts below.