Apple iOS 6 – need to know
iOS 6 Maps
Apple cuts its mapping ties with Google and goes it alone with a Yelp-powered list of over 100 million businesses, live crowd-sourced traffic reports and turn by turn navigation. Siri is also present, offering the ability to answer questions like ‘are we there yet?’ and tell you where the nearest petrol station is. A 3D mode called Flyover looks impressive, with nicely detailed 3D renders of key cities around the world. Take that Google.
iOS 6 Siri
Siri can now open apps, check live sports results and check movie listings and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. You can even book a table at a restaurant courtesy of OpenTable. Classy, no? And Siri will also be appearing in the new iPod Touch – read about it in our iPod touch story.
iOS 6 Facebook integration
Following in the footsteps of Twitter, Facebook has been given a deeper integration into Apple’s latest version of iOS, with contact integration and support for Facebook messages now present. The Notification Center will also be getting a nice new ‘tap to post’ button, for quick and easy status updates without having to fire up the Facebook app. Birthdays will be integrated into the calendar (ideal for the forgetful among you) and you can also share which apps you’re a fan of directly from the App Store.
iOS 6 FaceTime over 3G
As previously rumoured, FaceTime calls can now be made over 3G, freeing Appleites from the shackles of Wi-Fi. It’s about time. Also, if someone calls or texts your phone number, you can now choose to respond directly from your Mac or iPad, which is a nice touch.
iOS 6 phone features
A new ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode will let you block all incoming calls and messages according to your schedule, although you can make exceptions if someone rings twice within a certain time period (most likely telling you that little Timmy has fallen down a well again). Another feature has also been added which has been standard in other phones for a while now – the ability to text replies from the call screen to let callers know why you can’t take a call.