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iOS 6: the new features

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iOS 6: the new features
In just two days Apple is bringing not just a brand new iPhone, but an updated platform it will work on, iOS 6, the newest version of its mobile operating system, and here is a breakdown of the main new features, all in an accessible slideshow where we take you one feature at a time.

The new iPhone is expected to launch on or around September 21st, and as we've seen before, Apple will probably try to have iOS 6 out a couple of days ahead of that date, so we're probably looking at a release right after the middle of September.

First, though, you should know that iOS 6 is a huge update with 200 new features. Among the brand new things you’ll see is Apple’s own Maps solution with turn-by-turn navigation and 3D renderings of cities, a new Passcode app collecting and organizing your boarding passes, store cards and others of the like.

Siri has received a huge overhaul with plenty of new features added so it now know more about sports, movies, restaurants and works with the new maps. Facebook is also deeply baked into the platform and well integrated with both apps and contacts.

There are a lot of nice little touches in the phone book, email, Safari and others that really seem to make this a must-have update to iOS. Check them all out below.

Have we missed some of the exciting new features in iOS 6? And what’s your favorite new addition? Sound off in the comments!

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posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:58 51

1. beefsupreme (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Wow! Now you can launch Siri and tell it to launch an app for you instead of doing it yourself in half the time. And as far as #18 goes it sounds like Apple has just invented Instapaper.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 01:57 21

91. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

But then, why is it that Apple always releases "200" features all d tym n we only get to kno about 15 to 30 of all those 200 features, something don sound ryt. And will i have Siri guiding me on my iPhone 4 or it will only b on iPhone 4S?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 08:28 30

94. s.mrabet (Posts: 147; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

200 new features!!!!
1. siri knows sports
2. siri knows restaurants
3. siri knows movies
4. siri launches apps!! wow

I guess all 200 features are the same app....

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:51 40

95. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It's just marketing. Android 4.0.4 had "a few hundred" updates over 4.0.3, but Google doesn't have the same marketing team that Apple does.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:03 34

96. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

because every little bug fix to them is a "feature". every new sentence in Siri is a new "feature".

its tons of hype with no substance. Thats what Apple has always been good at. Giving people tons of Sizzle even when there is no steak to be found. Android is all steak, but very little sizzle. With apple is all "close your eyes and immagine the flame touching the rib eye, while the pepper and garlic roast under the flame".. Thats why its "magical". You open your eyes and its gone. With Google its. "yo, here is this big juicy steak and tons of spices. go do something with it". Its not as "magical", but u will be full when your done.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 22:15 16

99. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Haha! Whats the 200th feature? Siri knows how to switch off the iPhone?!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 18:29 13

102. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

you guys are just pissed because the iPhone works everyday and android is glitchy at its finest. Not to mention you only have one device that isnt ruined, the Galaxy Nexus. Enjoy your crappy manufacture and carrier overlays.

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 13:13 3

104. keerthisaj (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

Dude, Wat r u talking thats all non sense,
Iphone they develop a feature lik siri where no other market leaders wer unable to release something lik that and u f**king call it as marketing.
thats bulls**t, i am a Iphone user and will remain the same.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:18 15

108. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

The 200th feature is "Siri knows Android is better"... the best of em all rite?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:23 13

109. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Google voice has been on android since 2009( android 2.0). Please stick to your iphone we don't want dumb in our android camp..

Siri is NOT a Gimmick only for the people who are like "frog in pond"... or better called isheeep...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:25 9

110. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

dude, even the galaxy nexus is a crappy device admittedly by those who own it. sometimes i really wonder how long will it take for android to realize that they have to reconstruct the os as a whole and not only an asphalt patchwork every time their devices lag. do they always have to release a project butter every os upgrade?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:44 1

112. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

So why are you on the article then?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:45 9

113. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Because he wants.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:00 16

117. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Exactly Michael, Apple's marketing is just BRILLIANT!!!
the way they show off the new features just gets the attention of new buyers even though that same feature might be present on their current phone :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:19 10

119. wackypandas (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)

definitely not me. galaxy nexus with jellybean is not crappy at all :) oh and to your project butter joke well which OS doesn't want to improve their smoothness?!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:21 1

120. phljcnth (Posts: 496; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

The only major change in Siri is that it can wash the dishes now.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:21 11

121. desijatt (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

Real Change log:
1.Siri add ons,
2.Facebook integration
3.new maps with navigation
4.What Android already have

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:24 3

123. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

it still wants to show you pictures of stallions though. but now it can find the stallions on the map.. :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:33 12

127. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

@keerthiaj apple didn't come up w siri they bought off from a third party from the app store. And google voice was out way before siri was developed. Also im pretty sure google voice on android 4.1 has all of these new siri fearures.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:45 4

128. pimix2009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)

I think they should call their 200 features " Siri know to count to 200" cuz thats all there is to it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:54 5

130. darkkjedii (Posts: 23600; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Uh ohhhh a fellow apple user is fighting back. I like that lol. I think ios6, and the new iPhone will b great. Android fans don't, but hey it's not their cup of tea anyway.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:03 4

131. moofoodooloo (Posts: 137; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Trust me, I'm in the business..

THE DUMBEST of consumers are in the "android camp".

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:12 6

135. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

and still quite a few more.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:13 8

136. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yea.. not gonna trust you on that. even the national surveys say your wrong. Oh yea.. and there is my own long stint in the business as well to let ya know your wrong.

There are dumb consumers with every OS. But if your truley dumb and need it as simple as you can get, iOS is the answer. No control, few options, its all done for ya.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:25 4

138. Commentator (Posts: 3721; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The first 13 on this list could have been consolidated into 3 points...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:56 5

143. structureman116 (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)

I've never had an issue with my Galaxy Nexus...My wife has returned to the Apple store twice with her criphone to have them tell her, we don't know why its doing that, reset it and see if that fixes it. You can have your [r@pple any day of the week...I will stick with a superior OS like Android!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:57 7

144. structureman116 (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)

In the business of what? Lacking common sense?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:08 6

149. infinitemethod (Posts: 151; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I have the Nexus. It's awesome. Have never had a problem. Nice try though.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:13

150. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Very well said, and you are exactly true!! This is what people don't see or understand about how both companies do it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:13 2

151. Teejay1100 (Posts: 115; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Yup thats exactly Apple's strategy. A bunch of nothing

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