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.
iOS 6: the new features
iOS 6: the new features
1. Siri knows sports
Siri can now give you the scores of sports games. You just have to ask it something like “What was the score of the last Heat game,” or just ask about who's taller Kobe or LeBron and you get an answer. Cool!
2. Siri knows movies
You can now ask about all the movies playing at a movie theater. Rotten Tomatoes ratings are integrated and you can ask for movies by actors and directors.
3. Siri knows restaurants
Fine-diners can now ask Siri for a great place for dinner, and get a meaningful list of restaurants, sorted by rating. OpenTable partnership also brings one tap reservations.
4. Siri can launch apps
Siri now knows your apps and can launch them for you.
5. Facebook is integrated with images and maps
Share images and maps straight from the apps on your iPhone/iPad.
6. Facebook is baked into the notification center
Now, along with Twitter, you can update your Facebook status from the notification center.
7. Facebook now plays well with the App Store
Also, you can like apps on the App Store and see what your friends use and like.
8. New Maps from Apple
Apple ditched Google Maps for its own solution in iOS 6.
9. Maps include 100 million business listings
Apple's new maps come with plenty of business listings.
10. Maps are integrated with Siri
You can also interact with Siri when say you are getting directions and it would clarify.
11. Maps come with Flyover - a bird eye’s view of major cities
Flyover is an extremely detailed look of major cities across the globe.
12. Turn-by-turn navigation!
Turn by turn navigation, it's here!
13. 3D Maps are also in the mix
And you also get to see 3D renderings of buildings around you.
14. You can now reply to a call with a message
In a meeting, you can now skip a call but still reply with an automated message.
15. ”Do not disturb” feature mutes calls from all except your favorites
16. Passcode organizes your boarding passes, store cards
17. FaceTime is now on the iPad, works over 3G/4G!
18. Safari comes with offline reading and iCloud tabs
19. Email app allows you to embed images straight from within a message
You also get a VIP inbox, giving you only the emails that truly matter.
20. Photo Stream becomes social with shared image galleries
Have we missed some of the exciting new features in iOS 6? And what’s your favorite new addition? Sound off in the comments!