iOS 6: the new features

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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216 Comments

1. beefsupreme

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

91. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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?

95. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

117. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 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 :)

161. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yup! Just imagine they introduce wireless charging & a Pureview Camera tech? That would get people bed wetting!!

189. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Except 99% of those update were desparate attempts to keep Android from constantly crashing. I've yet to see a worthwhile update in ICS. For that matter 90% of Android users still can't get the 1-year old ICS OS - pathetic Google, pathetic.

190. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, I'm installing it on my G-Slate as we speak. I've had it on my SGS1 since december. I fail to see your point other than your a troll.. with no point.

96. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

102. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

110. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 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?

119. wackypandas

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 10, 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?!

149. infinitemethod

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

130. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

143. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 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!

156. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you sir is lying. say what you want about Apple. but their customer service is award winning..

160. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

Nah...I have no reason to lie gallitoqueen...Twice we were at an Apple store and twice all they could tell her to do is reset her phone because they could not figure out why it was having issues. And if you had any sense, you would have read comment #102, which my post was in response to you moron. It goes to show that [r@pple phones are not flawless. They have issues just like every other software, and in my case, more often than my GNex. Open your eyes and stop being a Lemming!

163. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

so why the name calling ... I had the opposite with Android.. but instead of posting it in a forum avery chance I get. I just move to a different OS, one for adults and works out of the box not the kiddie Android that you need to tweak for it to work

203. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

And jail breaking is so popular why?

162. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Wining award based on "You holding it wrong!". :D

166. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No I'm not pissed. My Nokia N8 has voice commands build in that launch apps since I got in 2010. There's nothing new at all. It has 3D maps build in since I got it. It also has 3D buildings and satellite view (which requires an internet connection and is therefore useless when actually driving). It can even plan a route through the agenda and addressbook (when an adress is added to a contact or a location is typed with the agenda subject). Again I fail to see what's so special, especially since you STILL can't beam a photo, ringtone, app or other file to any other bluetooth enabled phone (the same with WP7/8 for that matter). Responding to a call with an sms? Oh Dear so passée! My phone automatically responds to callers with SMS between selfprogrammed hours, switches of most radios, go to power saving mode and activates the silent profile. In the morning (at a programmed hour) the phone automatically goes into generic profile, disables power saving mode and activates all the radios. I can even program it to do particular stuff on locations (either using celltower positioning or GPS). That's a smartphone. Oh did I mention that it also automatically records ALL calls even when made using a bluetooth carkit or headset? Very convenient while driving since most countries today ban calling while driving. With Apple it is STILL only superficial crap that's being hyped up. Nah, I´m not pissed, I'm disgusted that I still can't buy a true replacement to my smart phone. And it only gets worse. Even Nokia is making that crippled crap now.

198. iami67

Posts: 333; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I beg to differ. I work for a major carrier and have way more iphones come in with glitches and not working correctly or broken screens. And no its not because there are more iphone out there. This past yr alone android was over 60 percent of smart phone sales. Apple was only 35. So keep trolling

104. keerthisaj

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

109. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grmixtB9dZM 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...

131. moofoodooloo

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Trust me, I'm in the business.. THE DUMBEST of consumers are in the "android camp".

136. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

168. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

@ remixfa: Actually you're right. "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." ... and since there are more stupid people in the world than smart people.... Rest my case. :-)

144. structureman116

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 14, 2010

In the business of what? Lacking common sense?

200. iami67

Posts: 333; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

instead of just making a foolish comment can you please say something with facts

202. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Well apparently, your not in the "Android Camp" so i choose not to trust you...

127. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

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