Apple’s iOS 6 – already launched in Beta and due to be available to the public by the fall of 2012 – is Apple’s latest operating system designed to enhance your iExperience. Here’s how iOS 6 plans to do it.
Adding some features while improving some existing ones, iOS 6 is poised to take you in completely new directions, starting with the new Maps app.
Whether you prefer spoken navigation or visual, the new maps will amaze you with the high-quality resolution and smooth panning thanks to the ingenious vector-based elements. iOS 6’s Maps can be controlled using Siri and will provide traffic information and alternate routes if your commute becomes especially hairy.
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But if you’re in no big hurry and just want to explore, Maps will fly you over major urban areas for a bird’s eye view, or tilt and zoom in for a more intimate look at the landscape.
Enhanced Siri for iOS 6
Speaking of Siri, the enhanced version on iOS 6 understands more languages and a wider variety of questions to bring you all the information you ever wanted to know.
You’ve also longed for Facebook integration and now with the iOS 6 you won’t have to leave your app to share and post directly to the most popular social network on the planet. If in the case you don’t have a free hand to make your Facebook post, Siri will do it for you.
Photos and Facetime
The shared photo streams on iOS 6 enable you to share only the photos you want to with only the people you want to share them with. But let’s say you want to talk to the actual face of your best friend instead of looking at a picture.
iOS 6 has brought FaceTime to cellular networks in addition to WiFi, meaning you can share some quality face-time with anyone on any device (yep, even on your iPad using your cellular number) wherever you are.
Passbook for iOS 6
In an inspired move that will free up space in your wallet and off your keychain, Passbook has been added to the iOS 6, making it unnecessary to carry all those loyalty cards, coupons and even movie and concert tickets and boarding passes.
Now you can use your device to check in for a flight or get updates like boarding notifications and terminal and gate locations. Or check your seats at a concert or balance on your coffee card. Whatever you need to organize or keep track of, Passbook on iOS 6 will do it for you.
iOS 6 has redesigned the email app serving up a streamlined interface providing easier reading, writing and receiving experiences with your mail. Set up your VIP list to assure that you’ll always get the important messages from the important people in your life.
And all it takes is a swipe-up to refresh your inbox for the deliveries you’re expecting, just like in the Twitter app.
And what would an improved operating system be if it didn’t address your desire for enhanced calling and voicemail options? Your iOS 6 will instantly send a text message to any declined call, informing that person that you’ll call back when you get a chance and iOS 6 will remind you later that you have return calls to place.
If you need to turn on Do Not Disturb, you can still specify which of your contacts you’ll take calls from and your phone will obey. All other calls will go to the voice mail and if a person calls you twice in 3 minutes, iOS 6 will let it pass through, understanding it must an emergency.
Android Inspired iOS 6?
Many have taken note that Apple seems to have based several of iOS 6’s features on Android. Things like Android’s notification tray, message flagging and the tabbed browser that Android brought over from desktops to tablets are all obvious Android inspirations.
And in a nod to Google’s Drive, the iOS 6 features iCloud, a service that promises to do far more than the Google service but still includes capabilities like backups of settings and data.
These few features are just a taste of all the little treats in store for iDevice users. There are actually so many nifty little odds and ends; you’ll be happily puttering around with iOS 6 for weeks.
Don’t have access to the already released Beta? Don’t worry, the official release is coming up in just a few months. This fall you’ll be able to upgrade, downloading iOS 6 wirelessly on your Apple device, and considering that it’s free, you’ll find it quite adorable.
About The Author: Alyse is a marketing, photography, and tech addict who spends her time investigating the next generation of technology. When she is not brushing up on her art of the scientific know how in the world, you can find her contributing to http://www.attsavings.com/ or on Twitter @Alyse_1.