At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference today, Apple announced iOS 6. Apple iOS 6 has made improvements to Maps, Siri, Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams, FaceTime, the Phone app, the Mail app, Safari, Accessibility, and created a new feature called Passbook.
Going forward Maps will be detailed. Google Maps has been dropped as the default Maps application. Panning, tilting, and rotating will be smooth. Maps will be visual and turn-by-turn navigation will be spoken. The maps app will have real-time traffic updates.
Siri understands more languages in more countries. Siri will work on the iPad on iOS 6. Siri will be able to respond to sports stats, movie times, restaurant reviews, and opening apps like “Launch Memory Match HD.”
Now you will not need to leave your application to interact with Facebook. You can share a Facebook photo right from your Camera or Photos app. You can post your location right from the Maps app and brag about a high score to Facebook right from Game Center itself. Facebook Events will be integrated into Calendar. And when a Facebook friend updates their phone number, it will be updated in your Contacts.
You can share the photos that you want with people that you choose. You can select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, and choose who you want to share the photos with. Friends that use iOS 6 on a Mac running Mountain Lion will get the photos delivered immediately to their Photos app or iPhoto. You can view the photo streams on Apple TV. People can like individual photos and make comments. Photo streams do not count against your iCloud storage and they work over WiFi and cellular networks.
Passbook is a new Apple app that lets you retrieve boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. Using your iPhone or iPod Touch, you can check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can see when the coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and check the balance on your Starbucks coffee card. When you wake up your iPhone or iPod Touch, passes will appear on your Lock screen.
FaceTime now works on cellular networks and on WiFi so you can make and receive FaceTime calls wherever you are. You will also be able to make and receive FaceTime calls on your iPad using your phone number.
iOS 6 now has new calling features. When declining an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. You can also turn on “Do not Disturb,” which makes sure you won’t be bothered by anyone.
The Mail app on iOS 6 has a more streamlined interface for easier reading and writing. You can create a VIP list so that you will not miss out on an important message from your boss, secretary, etc. It is easier to add photos and videos to e-mail messages now too.
The Safari app on iOS 6 has better web browsing on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. iCloud Tabs lets you keep track of which pages you have open on your devices. This way you can start browsing on one device and pick up where you left off on whatever device you have handy. Safari can save websites and not just links on your Reading List. You can easily post a photo or video on eBay, Craigslist, or another site. You can also choose from your Camera Roll without leaving Safari.
iOS 6 has more features to make it easier for people that have vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most out of their iOS devices. Guided Access allows students with disabilities with autism to remain on task and focused on the content. It allows parents/teachers/administrators to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button. VoiceOver works with the screen reader for blind and low-vision users. It is integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.