iOS 6 is announced: 200 new features

iOS 6 is announced: 200 new features
Apple has finally announced iOS 6, the newest version of its mobile operating system at WWDC 2012 and it has some 200 new features, with the biggest advances made in Siri. 

1. Siri

First and foremost, Siri is now on the iPad! And here are all the new things it can do.

In the new iOS 6, Siri can now tell the scores of sports games. You simply have to ask it something like “What was the score of the last Giants game,” or inquire about standings or players and you get an answer. Neat!

Next up on Siri’s list of acquired knowledge come restaurants and movies. Fine-diners can now ask the humble virtual assistant for a great place for dinner, and get a list of restaurants ordered by rating. Apple is partnering with OpenTable, so now a simple tap on one of those locations allows you to make reservations. 

When it comes to movies, now you can ask about all the movies that are playing at a movie theater. Add to that, Rotten Tomatoes integration, and you can also learn about more about the movies and how they are rated. Have a favorite actor or director? Just ask to see his or her filmography. 

Additionally, Siri can now launch apps. It’s become better with Twitter too - just speak and it will tweet your musings. This is a great way to remain connected with minimum distraction even at the wheel and not surprisingly BMW, Mercedes and others have collaborated with Apple on this.

Best of all for international users, Siri finally supports more languages! Apple’s virtual assistant appends Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese - it’s clear that Cupertino values its Asian customers.

In iOS 6, Apple is finally bringing deeper Facebook integration. You can now login to you FB account in settings and share straight from applications like the photo gallery, Safari, Maps, and it’s all integrated with the Notification Center. You can even like apps in the App Store and see what your friends like and are using. Tight!

All Facebook events will now appear in your Calendar, which is a great addition! Also, there’s an API for that social integration so you can easily introduce it into your app as well. 

Wave goodbye to Google Maps - Apple is bringing its own solution with 3D Maps and turn-by-turn navigation. 

Maps gets huge support from Yelp with over 100 million business listings. Also, it comes with a traffic service that’s crowd sourced and includes real-time incident reports. 

No worries about driving as turn by turn navigation is also supported. It’s all done in real-time, integrated with the traffic reports so you can get a pop-up saying that re-routing will save you time while you’re on the road. And this all can be seen straight /from the lockscreen.

While so far there’s not much new, Apple is bringing this up a notch with Siri integration so you can ask the voice assistant how much you have left and other things, and now that’s impressive.

Finally, Maps are further enhanced with a feature called Flyover that basically gives you a bird eye’s view of major cities across the globe. And 3D maps are also here.

4. Phone app

The phone app also gets a boost of useful little features. Say, someone calls you while you are in a meeting. Now, you can choose reply with a message or have a reminder later about the missed call.

Apple has added a “Do not disturb” feature that allows you to mute calls from all but your favorite contacts in a certain time of the day, so no random people disturb you at night.

5. Passbook

Passbook is a brand new application that serves as a drawer for all your boarding passes, store cards and film ticket applications. An app that will keep your stuff well optimized, Apple is definitely bringing something unexpected but nonetheless neat here. 

6. Others

FaceTime is also getting new features and finally you can call while on a cellular network, not only on Wi-Fi. Interestingly, FaceTime and your Apple ID is getting unified with your phone number. This means that basically when someone calls you on your phone for Facetime you can choose to answer on your iPad.

Did you know that two thirds of all mobile traffic comes from Safari? Well, now you do, and you should also know that Safari is getting an overhaul. iCloud tabs and offline reading, along with the possibilities to upload pictures straight from where you see them all impress. While on the web, when you stumble upon a website with an app on iTunes, you can instantly jump to the App Store, and thus Apple is bridging the small gap between web and apps.

Email is also getting a refresh - you can now attach images directly from within a message, which is a huge time saver. Additionally, you get a VIP inbox and flagged mails so you can easily notice messages from the contacts that really matter. Photo Stream is also getting new features as it becomes almost a social network on its own. You can have shared albums with your friends and comment directly to photos.


And this pretty much wraps it for iOS. Do you like what you see?

source: Apple

Images courtesy of TheVerge.



1. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

200 worth of nonsense

22. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

wow, apple !!! " reply with a message " ! i didnt knew the iPhone dont have this feature before ! lmao... android have it since Cupcake XP

33. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

but still apple is way much better than samsung.... or any android devices....

43. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

oh for sure..... cuz it is an iPhone... duh!!!

69. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

or maybe because these features are implemented better, don't you agree? Of course not.....cuz its an iPhone....duh!!!

73. xcasasx

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

not f**king true


Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Wow, Samsung !!! - Low blow! Haven't you got court cases to go to? Writers note: When corporate entities start making comments like this (above) under the badge of Samsung it makes me want to not buy a Samsung product. Not because Samsung is a bad make but their marketing arms use tactics like this instead of merits. It is simpler to keep ones mouth shut , if that is not possible have an operation to put your foot in your mouth - it's simpler.

87. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Wow, u must be really stupid, i feel like hiding my iphone, cos its ppl like u making us apple fans look and sound stupid. Its just his or her avatar, lol, ur so dumb, its really not funny. Just bcos someone choses t hav a certain avatar on their profile, doesnt mean they work for that company or it is d company itself. Dude, grow up, what r u in 3th grade?


Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Wow, you spell like a 3 year old. I suggest you go back to school or get a manual vocation like a street cleaner. I do suggest you hide your cell phone because an idiot like you brings Apple into disrepute just by your virtual existence.

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I hope the potential purchasers of the iDevices running iOS 6 have unlimited data plans. Talk about running data usage through the roof.... Oh, didn't VZW just end unlimited data for subsidized handsets? In any event, wait a few and see what Android comes out with in response. Nothing like competition to make things better for consumers.

51. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

thats not a good thing because it will eat up data for both AT&T and Verizon users unless they have the old unltd data plan

40. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

The same boring ui

52. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jealous? Android will never get those features. Oh but Android fans will claim Android has always had them.

55. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

1. Siri - Android has iris and s-voice 2. Facebook integration - HTC Sense has that already 3. Brand new maps, turn-by-turn navigation - Google maps 4. Phone app - Already have those features 5. Passbook - Theres an App for that Soooo 4/5 Android already has, say what now?

58. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

agreed,most of those new ios features have been on android handsets for quite some while now in various manufacturers own launchers UI or android os its self. This new ios is just apple catching up again. Most of apples announcements here are of a very "meh" variety.

59. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

there's nothing to jealous. Android will never get those features... really?? those features already in android. sheeps are just too late to enjoy those features, Buy an android phone , then see for yourself.

77. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude you are the most ill-informed person EVER. Every time you post, you post bogus or COMPLEATELY wrong information. You are the dumbest person ever because you can't do a simple Google search just to see if you are correct or not. You are the textbook definition of what an i$heep is. Man do you have any pride in yourself? Or are you THAT brainwashed that simple logic is as alien to you as the planet Venus?


Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

You completely mispelled completely lol but would concur on the rest but a little less savage.

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Siri, Iris, and S voice are all gimmicks. They are simply toys nothing more. Siri only makes the iPhone an iGadget not a phone.....Nevertheless it is still a cool feature. I bet IOS fans are happy.

5. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


61. GeekMovement unregistered

@Birds That is so true. I cannot agree more.

68. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

+1 , 6 versions and still no universal Bluetooth file transfer, file management, mass storage.


Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Was that not what iCloud was for - Storage?

92. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

I think he meant expandable storage which even WP8 is going to have

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am very interested in what the OS will offer. Siri seems to be the main selling point so far. Betting they will offer more. Hard to imagine improvements to a personal assistant is all 200 additions.

4. e.wvu unregistered

Yea, it's nice that you can now use FaceTime over 3G. But that will mostly only benefit iPhone owners from Sprint.

6. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Lol iOS 6 is all about Siri? I thought they would release something crazy in the new update!

10. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

apparently you do not understand the term developing

7. tech-head

Posts: 133; Member since: Sep 02, 2011

No UI updates?!? Sigh........dang it Apple!

75. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

They are still trying to figure out how to create a Metro UI for iOS and claim they have the patent on it so they can sue Microsoft and claim they created it. Once they do that, then they will update the ancient GUI they stole from Windows Mobile

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