Apple hit it out of the park this year with huge updates to iOS6. If you’ve been following along, this is probably the largest set of feature updates I’ve ever seen from Apple. iOS6 seems to fill almost every void that the previous OS’s had and then some. I won’t be listing every new feature as there are plenty of tech sites that will be doing that as well as Apple’s own site. Instead, I’m just going to talk a bit of the more interesting features and updates that caught my attention.
First up and probably the biggest new feature is a complete makeover of the Maps app. Apple has finally ditched Google as their mapping partner and the new Maps app is much more refined and polished with way more features. Maps are all now done in-house at Apple and will include a new 3d Flyover mode. It’s something you have to see appreciate as words don’t do it justice. The biggest feature though of the new Maps app is the inclusion of turn-by-turn navigation, a feature long missing from the Maps app and one that users have asked for time and time again.
Another new feature that finally made it into iOS is the inclusion of Facebook integration at a system wide level. Very similar to what they did with Twitter integration, you can now directly share to Facebook from any app that will support it. I’d say this is a good thing because right now, the Facebook app is one of the buggiest and slowest apps I have on my iPhone right now. This will make posting simple things like images and statuses much faster.
This is one of the biggest updates for me despite it being just a minor update. Facetime for iOS will now work over cellular networks once iOS6 comes out! That means you no longer need to find a WiFi hotspot in order to Facetime chat with someone. This was one of the main reasons I never used Facetime as other apps like Skype and Tango allowed for video chatting over 3G. With this update, I’ll be able to delete a few apps that I was only using for this reason.
Passbook (New App)
Passbook is a new app that will be introduced with iOS6. Basically what it does is keeps your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more are now all in one place. Think of it as an organizer for your life. Passbook promises to simplify your life, though whether or not that’s true remains to be seen. Passbook should be able to again allow you to delete a few apps here and there that do what Passbook does.
One of the biggest additions in my opinion that is coming to this update is the ability to insert images and video directly to an email while in the middle of composing. This was one of the biggest annoyances previously on iOS because you could only attach an image directly from the camera roll before composing your message. It’s a very backwards way of doing it and I’m glad Apple is adding this new feature to the Mail app.
That’s pretty much the main features and updates that I found most interesting. That’s not to say that there aren’t others but I’m not going to list them all here considering the fact that Apple has them all laid out nicely on there iOS6 page here. Apple also announced a brand spanking new MacBook Pro with Retina Display at WWDC which in my opinion looks to be the greatest laptop of all time. You seriously need to check out the specs on their page here. To say it’s impressive would be a huge understatement. Other than that, it was business as usual for Apple. Hopefully we’ll get info on the next iPhone in the coming months.