iOS 6: It’s all about the experience
July 30, 2012 —
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Even at the end of the second beta, the features war between iOS 6 and Google’s upcoming incarnation of Android is still going strong. With the companies trading blows like boxers in the middle of a match, neither side showing signs of wearing down or giving in.
So how does this affect you when the iOS 6 beta cycles end, the final version hits golden master, and just about every iPhone from the 3GS on, every second- and third-generation iPad, and every iPod touch from the fourth generation on, migrate to the new OS in a short period of time? And, more importantly, just how crazy are you going to be in bringing your iOS apps up to date to take advantage of everything Apple is looking to incorporate into iOS 6?
The answers may be a bit more reassuring than you think.
"As with all major system updates that Apple did so far, apps are typically very compatible, but if you want to honor some of the changes for the benefit of your users, you'd need to adopt them. I expect one of the features in iOS 6 to make one aspect of my video editing app up to 10x faster than before," said Markus Nigrin, President of Galactic Bits, a maker of photo-extraction tools for the iPhone and iPad.
When asked about the features he looked forward to in iOS, he added, "I can only answer that based on the official announcement of iOS 6 from Apple: iOS 6 is a careful overhaul of most of the functionality I love about iOS as a user. It tightens that functionality and brings it closer together, so the whole user experience from shopping for apps to taking pictures to using apps is improved. Under the hood, which I'm not allowed to talk about yet, we see some very nice improvements in terms of functionality and speed of certain functionality that will help us make better apps."
Expectations and changes
If there's good news to be had with the release of the new iOS, it's this: While things are changing, there isn't a major hurdle of the operating system that needs to be completely worked around and embraced by developers.