iOS 6: It’s all about the experience
July 30, 2012 —
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Not long from now, in the coming weeks or months, the world will change yet again for millions of iOS users. iOS 6, which has now gone through multiple beta cycles, is nearing completion. Apple has promised "over 200 new features" and additions as of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June, and the development tools have been downloaded by an ever-increasing number of developers.
The changes, as they've been stated, are somewhat monumental in scope.
Perhaps the most prevalent are a brand new focus on Siri, Facebook and Twitter in the upcoming operating system. iOS 6 seems to have opened up to allow Facebook and Twitter sharing from additional aspects of the operating system, including the App Store, Contacts and Calendar.
Meanwhile, Apple seems to have taken any and all criticism stated about Siri to heart. The new Siri, which received a fair amount of attention and focus at WWDC, is now capable of moving beyond its iOS 5 feature set of activating basic system functions and using assorted search engines to locate data, and can now home in on specific topics such as movies, sports, show times, game times and reviews.
Apple has tied its marquee technology in with popular feedback sites such as OpenTable, the Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, and Yelp to show users what to expect from the business they might be interested in. And, at long last, Siri will come to the iPad, albeit only for the third generation of the tablet, said the company.
Apple also announced that it has been working with car manufacturers such as Ford and Honda to bring “Eyes Free” integration with Siri. As such, Siri will be integrated with existing voice-control systems and steering-wheel buttons. While your iOS device’s screen won’t turn on in this mode (thus removing a possible distraction), Siri will still be fully functional and operative.
A new Maps client (reportedly powered by TomTom) within the betas shows Apple breaking away from certain Google services. The new application allows users to drop GPS pins as needed, use detailed 3D views of certain urban centers, retrieve turn-by-turn directions, find automatic reroutes in the event of missed turns, and print maps as needed.