Apple has previewed their next mobile operating system and made the beta version of iOS 6 available to developers. The new software is loaded with over 200 new features and is expected to be made available to the public this fall.
iOS 6 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the new iPad and the 4th gen iPod touch. However, a few of the new features will not work on all devices. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more details on what features are limited to certain devices.
Here is a list of the new features available with iOS 6..
Siri is coming to the iPad! That is, if you have the new iPad. The original iPad and iPad 2 owner will not get the voice activated assistant unless jailbreakers figure out a way to enable Siri on previous iPad models.
Siri will also be able to do a lot more with iOS 6, such as, fetching scores for sports, launching apps, sending tweets and much more.
1. Siri for iPad (new iPad only)
2. Sports scores (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer)
3. Sport player stats
4. Sport team rosters
5. Sports league standings
6. Sports game schedule
7. Updated restaurant searches
8. OpenTable reservations for restaurants
9. Movie listings per theatre
10. Rotten Tomato moview reviews
11. Movie facts
12. Movie trailers
13. Search by actor/actress
14. Launch apps
15. Send Tweets
16. Update Facebook status
17. Listen to notifications
18. Eyes Free car integration (in the next year)
19. International languages (Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Korean, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China) and local search (all of the above plus countries with existing Siri functionality)
Apple will be replacing the maps app with their own in house version with iOS 6. The completely redesigned app will include free turn by turn directions, 3D maps and real-time traffic updates.
20. Free turn-by-turn navigation
21. Local search with 100 million business listings with Yelp reviews
22. Real-time traffic data with incident reports
23. Navigation viewable from lock screen
24. Siri integration, finds spots along your route
25. Flyover (3D buildings)
26. Multitouch rotation, angle change, and zoom
27. Pinch-out in maps goes to globe view
Facebook is finally integrated with iOS. the Facebook integration includes;
28. A single sign-on
29. Ability to share from the Photos app, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center to the social networking site
30. Address book can sync contact information from Facebook friends
31. Add Facebook Events and birthdays in Calendar
32. Integrated into Notification Center
Passbook is a new app that organizes gift cards, boarding passes, movie tickets and more into one place. The app is location and time enabled, so the passes and tickets pops up in the lock screen at the appropriate time.
33. Barcode collection for boarding passes, store cards, coupon, movie tickets
34. Pops up on lock screen when you arrive
35. Includes up-to-date-balance
36. Boarding passes update with gate changes
37. Syncs with iCloud
38. Cool deletion animation
39. Store coupons and gift cards are in a wallet-like app
FaceTime is finally available over cellular networks with iOS 6!
40. Available over cellular networks
41. Apple ID unified with phone number, enabling FaceTime or iMessage answering on iPad or Mac
Safari gets a makeover with iOS 6. The new features include;
42. iCloud Tabs for Safari on other iOS devices and Macs
43. Offline Reading List
44. Upload photos from Safari
45. Smart app banners link to App Store or launches
46. Fullscreen video in landscape
48. Apps in search results
49. Open up to 24 open tabs on iPad
50. New Sharing menu with 3 new shortcuts to copy the URL, share on Facebook and share using Message app
51. Over-scroll background is now the same as Notification Center background
The UI looks the same, but the mail app gets some added features with iOS 6.
52. VIPs – A list of contacts the have a separate inbox and get notifications when you receive emails from a VIP
53. Flagged mailbox
54. Attach photos in-line
55. Open password-protected Microsoft Office docs
56. Per account signatures
57. Fun new pull-to-refresh animation
58. Notifications per mailbox
59. Long-press compose to open or delete drafts
60. Shared Photo Streams with designated friends, includes comments
61. Photo Stream pictures in Mac screensaver
62. Photo Stream now a separate tab, not another album
Guided Access is aimed at helping people with disabilities to stay focused on the task at hand. It allows iOS devices to be limited to one app, which can also be useful to parents and teachers with young children.
63. Single-app mode
64. Disable certain app interactions with a circle
65. Limit hardware buttons, touch, and motion control access
The phone app get a welcomed new feature, the ability to decline calls by responding with a preset text message or set a reminder to call them back.
66. Reply to incoming calls with “Reply with Message” or “Remind me Later”
67. New dialer layout
68. Cross-platform turn-based and realtime gaming between iOS and Mac
69. Issue challenges to friends
70. Find Facebook friends
71. Game Center syncs with the Mac app
72. Do Not Disturb mode – Users can mute calls and notifications with a single toggle
73. Bluetooth moved to top of Settings list
74. Toggles for Government warnings and AMBER alerts
75. New Settings for Privacy Controls
76. Brightness and Wallpaper Settings have been merged
77. Settings for Reminders
78. Setting icon has changed slightly
79. Location-based reminders for iPad
80. New iPad Clock/timer app
81. Stocks app is now on iPad
82. Downloading doesn’t kick you out of App Store
83. Updating apps doesn’t require password
84. Improved keyboard layouts
85. Autocorrection for every keyboard
86. Global network proxy for HTTP
87. Reorder reminders manually
88. Manual location entry for reminders
89. Lost Mode – Send a phone number to lost device which can be called with single tap
90. Custom vibrations for alerts
91. VoiceOver improvements
92. IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE
93. HDR improvements for camera
94. Darker theme for camera
95. French, German, and Spanish dictionaries
96. Word highlights for speajk selection
97. Search all fields in Contacts
98. Made for iPhone hearing aids
99. Top title bar changes color with app
100. New iPod app layout
101. Granular privacy control
102. iCloud-stored user dictionary
103. Updated sharing menu with large icons
104. New music ringtones, alarms
105. Redesigned App Store and iTunes
106. iTunes Match now streams music
107. Tilt changes reflection on slider buttons
108. Spotlight now shows which folder apps are in
109. More and new Emojis
110. Music preview banner overlays current screen, plus preview history
111. Time since last full charge (usage, standby)
112. “New” banner on app icons after installation
113. Update history in App Store
114. 15 second skip playback controls for podcasts
115. Hold navigation arrow in Safari for iPhone for history view
116. Cleared notifications sync across devices
117. No more pop-up in Safari when there’s no internet access available
118. Share your calendar from app
119. Apple apps have logo in Spotlight search
120. Wallpaper previews show live reproduction, rather than canned app layout
121. App Store “installed” buttons now show “open”
122. Cellular data toggle for FaceTime, iCloud documents, and iTunes
123. Late night mode in equalizer
124. Simplified Bluetooth toggle
125. Episodes viewable by season in Video app
126. Extended functions for China
- Sina Weibo
- Improved text input
Not all features are available on all devices.
- Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas. Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Cellular data charges may apply.
- Siri will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
- Shared Photo Streams requires iOS 6 on iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later, or a Mac computer with OS X Mountain Lion. An up-to-date browser is required for accessing shared photo streams on the web.
- FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries.
- VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Offline Reading List will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Made for iPhone hearing aids require iPhone 4S.
- Find My Friends and Find My iPhone enable you to locate iOS devices only when they are on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or have an active data plan. Not available in all areas.