Today, Apple officially released iOS 6, the latest update to the mobile OS that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The new version of the OS adds lots of new features and enhancements, including Facebook integration, Siri on the iPad and Apple Maps.
According to The New York Times, Apple’s previous versions of iOS, its mobile software system, included a Maps app that was made by Apple but powered by Google’s mapping service. In iOS 6, the latest version, Apple has replaced the old app with a new version that uses mapping data collected or purchased by Apple itself.
The colors in the Apple maps sparkle more; zooming and panning is faster. Yelp, a popular review site for businesses and restaurants, supplies data for location searches. And iPhone users can ask Siri, the voice-powered assistant, to tell them how to get somewhere.
According to Mashable review, Facebook integration is strong. It works virtually the same as Twitter. We appreciate that we can choose to keep our contacts and events synced with Facebook or separate. The new system-wide sharing options — which include Facebook — are great too.
iOS 6 is compatible with the iPhone 5, which goes on sale Friday; it can be also installed on last year’s iPhone 4S, 2010’s iPhone 4 and even the iPhone 3GS, now three years old. Also supported: the fourth and fifth generation iPod Touch, the iPad 2 and the Retina display iPad released in March, writes Computer World.
However, not all models support all features, however. For example, the iPhone 3GS may be able to run apps written for iOS 6, but it won’t suddenly get access to Siri, which the Retina display iPad does. Outside the U.S., not all features are supported.
One of the most promising fetures in iOS 6 that wins the award for most promising rookie, it’s Passbook. The virtual wallet app holds tickets, coupons, gift cards and more, and can pop up on your notification screen when you’re in the right place at the right time to use one.
According to review in TechCrunch, that’s a potentially powerful tool for marketers, retailers and brands of all stripes, and the interest from third-party companies either looking to help users create them (Passk.it, PassRocket and PassTools to name a few), or brands looking to take advantage (Eventbrite,Virgin, Starbucks, Amtrak, many more) suggests it’ll be everywhere pretty quickly.
The biggest change in the Phone app is how you decline a phone call. In iOS 6, there’s a new option to slide the on-screen phone icon vertically, revealing two actions: Remind Me Later and Reply With Message.
iOS 6 features also a new system-wide Do No Disturb feature that can be manually turned on or set to activate during customizable hours.The feature blocks all calls and notifications, which effectively puts an end to your phone lighting up in the middle of the night for alerts and unwanted calls.