After months of testing, iOS 6 is finally getting released today
with over 200 new features, but you shouldn’t be all that impressed by the number - it’s a gradual update to iOS 6 with no revolutionary novelties, but still tons of neat little refinements. And it comes not just to the iPhone 5, but to plenty of other devices starting with the iPhone 3GS and later iPhones, and also the iPad 2 and new iPad.
The update should start arriving over the air in the coming hours and days, and alternatively you can also bump up your device by hooking up your phone to iTunes, and running the update from there. Don’t forget that you shouldn’t interrupt the update.
So what has changed in iOS 6? Let us walk you through from all the new features, starting from the lock screen and going to apps like the brand new Maps from Apple and improved Siri.
iOS 6 walkthrough
iOS 6 walkthrough
1. Lock screen
Not much has changed in the lock screen in iOS 6. You still slide to unlock and can quickly access the camera right from it.
2. Home screen
The home screen is also largely the same big app drawer supporting folders.
3. Notification Dropdown
Changes start when you access the dropdown notifications shade which now includes not only quick access to Twitter, but to Facebook as well.
The camera interface in iOS 6 changes slightly with a bigger and easier to press button to capture images or video.
5. Phone - Reply with text
In iOS 6 you get a neat little function to mute calls by replying with a predefined text message or have a reminder set about that missed call.
6. Phone - Do Not Disturb
And in times when you want to switch off from the world, the Do Not Disturb feature would simply filter out all calls.
7. Phone - Very important contacts
iOS 6 also brings a list of “very important contacts,” that would be able to call you even when you have turned on the Do Not Disturb option.
The iPhone 5 might not come with NFC, but iOS 6 brings a neat little app that organizes and puts together your boarding passes and coupon codes, Passbook.
FaceTime now works not just over Wi-Fi, but over 3G/4G as well (if your carrier allows it!).
iCloud is now starting to show in more aspects of iOS and you can now save pages to the cloud for offline reading.
In email you can now embed images straight from the mail you’re composing.
12. Photo Stream
You can share your images in Photo Stream, as well as comment on them and get comments from friends and family.
Probably the biggest novelty in iOS 6 is the departure from Google Maps and integration of a brand new mapping app from Apple itself. The new Apple Maps however are not that accurate and often mistake the location or existence of points of interest. That might be the single biggest downside of updating to iOS 6.
14. Maps - Flyover
Apple’s Maps however comes with a cool 3D Flyover view showing you 3D images of cities, but it only works for the central parts of only a few big cities.
15. Maps gets turn-by-turn navigation
Turn by turn navigation is baked into Apple’s new Maps and it reportedly works quite well.
16. Siri can now reply to your questions about sports, flicks and restaurants
Siri, the intelligent voice assistant that Apple introduced with the iPhone 4S, can now tell you more about sports, movies and restaurants. Still, it carries the beta logo and has a long way to go as we’ve seen the possibilities with the excellent latest Google Voice Search.
17. App Store
iTunes and the App Store are redesigned with larger, visually more appealing listings.
The iPad is getting a brand new clock application.