iOS 6: It’s all about the experience
July 30, 2012 —
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These features accompany a slew of changes to the operating system that work to create a simpler, more efficient user experience as well as new choices for core applications. A new "Do Not Disturb" feature offers the user the ability to receive incoming messages that won't activate the phone in any way, for when the user is in class, napping, or in a meeting, for example. Do Not Disturb allows for the creation of custom messages, and can also allow certain contacts to break through with their calls. It also pays attention to repeated calls and texts, determining if they indicate a possible emergency.
Finally, a new “Remind Me Later” feature pays attention to time and location-based callback reminders, defaulting to alerts in a user-specified timeframe or when you leave your current location (such as returning home, or getting to work).
The next few years of mobile devices will probably pave the way for an NFC (near-field communication) world in which your Android or iOS handset will store assorted information and can be used to pay for a wider variety of goods and services on the spot, thereby making your device a digital wallet of sorts. While it’s hard to say exactly how close iOS 6 will bring you to this world, Passbook, a new stock app in the iOS 6 betas, has been presented as a way to store information such as boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards and others within the device.
A slew of tie-ins from vendors such as Starbucks and movie theater chains allow the user to go to a given retail location and scan their phone to receive goods or services. Users can also check the details of the service at hand, such as checking a coupon’s expiration date, where exactly their concert seats might be, or how much value is left on a coupon. The app is both time- and location-enabled, providing updates to the user as to whether they’re in the correct location to redeem their ticket or gift certificate.