Apple spills more iOS 6-flavoured juice

Apple spills more iOS 6-flavoured juiceThe main event over in California tonight was - needless to say - the spanking new glass and aluminum iPhone 5, but let’s not forget about iOS 6.

iOS 6 was of course unveiled at WWDC back in June, and covered in fairly significant detail, but Apple took some time tonight to remind us why it’s so awesome.

Apple’s favourite iOS 6 feature appears to be Maps. Gone is Google’s effort, and in is Apple’s own system, complete with 3D mapping, flyovers, points of interest, and directions from Siri.

Safari in iOS 6 welcomes a full-screen view, and the ability to share tabs from your desktop to your phone. It’s called – no prizes for guessing – iCloud Tabs.

The iOS 6 Mail app introduces VIPs. You can mark contacts as Very Import People, and any mail from them will go into a separate inbox. Messages can also be flagged for follow-up. How futuristic.

Passbook is entirely new to iOS 6, and integrates all your coupon and ticket goodness into one place. I’m feeling thoroughly underwhelmed by this Passbook nonsense. I’m not entirely sure I “get” it, especially without NFC. More investigation required, perhaps.

There’s also the Shared Photo Streams feature I mentioned earlier tonight. Add a picture and it pops up on your friends’ iDevices automatically.

Siri has been enhanced in iOS 6, too. It can now launch apps, and jumps into relevant apps for particular queries. One example shows Siri firing up Open Table to make restaurant reservations. Oh, Siri will also make the leap to the third gen iPad and the spanking new fifth gen iPod touch.

According to Scott Forstall, we’re looking at "The most advanced operating system in any mobile device." And cue the backlash.

iOS 6 is compatible with the iPhones 3GS, iPhone 4 and 4S, iPad 2, new iPad, fourth gen iPod touch, and of course the iPhone 5 and fifth gen iPod touch. It rolls out on September 19.

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dcx_badass  Sep. 12, 2012 at 21:17

Syncing tabs with your desktop, oh apple, how innovative...

Launching apps with Siri, yup Cydia gives you that already... 9 months ago...

Pondlife  Sep. 12, 2012 at 21:18

So is any of ios6 not going on the 4s?

Stelph  Sep. 12, 2012 at 21:24

So is any of ios6 not going on the 4s?

Will new siri work on the iPhone 4s for example?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 12, 2012 at 22:38

Syncing tabs with your desktop, oh apple, how innovative...

Launching apps with Siri, yup Cydia gives you that already... 9 months ago...

Google is soon launching vouchers for the Playstore (a la iTunes)...how innovative. The Galaxy Note has a Pen (like, um, a few hundred winmo phones), how innovative. The Lumia has induction chargingology (like the Pre etc etc)...how innovative.
LOL, we can do this all night...but we won't. Cause we are fair and unbiased :p

dcx_badass  Sep. 12, 2012 at 23:09

Syncing tabs with your desktop, oh apple, how innovative...

Launching apps with Siri, yup Cydia gives you that already... 9 months ago...

Google is soon launching vouchers for the Playstore (a la iTunes)...how innovative. The Galaxy Note has a Pen (like, um, a few hundred winmo phones), how innovative. The Lumia has induction chargingology (like the Pre etc etc)...how innovative.
LOL, we can do this all night...but we won't. Cause we are fair and unbiased :p

I believe Apple are the ones throwing around law suits claiming everyone copied them though.

satchef1  Sep. 13, 2012 at 02:26

Well if the shoe fits...

I don't think any sane person doubts that most of the industry copied Apple. On sites like this circa 2007-2010 you would regularly get quips in news stories and comment sections about this happening. Everyone knew Google & Co (and Palm, and Nokia) were ripping Apple off., we could all see it. Suddenly, 2012 rolls around and many of us have amnesia because Apple decided to do something about the copying.

Not saying it's right, not saying they should have been granted these patents, but the companies they are going after knew exactly what they were getting themselves in to (the patents were pending for years). The whole bunch of them (including Apple) need a good slap tbh. It will all sort itself out in the long-run though.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 08:31

Totally agree, satchef.
LOL - I just read the iPod Nano ripped of the Lumia 800 or, well, the N9.

@badass Do you realise how many times Google have been caught infringing on copyright and IP laws? Do you realise that other companies sue also, only we don't get to hear about it?

Don't give Apple your money (I won't). Punish them for infringing on your tastebuds, but don't cherrypick arguments.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 08:35

.. as to Cydia having features before official iOS - yep, I've said it many times: Apple should hire some of those guys. Yet, what do Cydia devs work with? iOS. Not Android. Who's pull-down taskbar comes from Nokia via Maemo, whose swipable homescreens come from winmo via SPB...

And seriously: would ANYONE be here to nag if we were all using Touchscreen devices with resistive, plastic non-multi-touch screens? Have you tried a Galaxy Spica? LOL

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:42

Meh, the Prada won awards and may well have led us down this same path, multi touch isn't a huge leap of an idea from there. Even if they were inspiring people to head down the touchcreen path is it bad that it's being developed that way. I think in terms of gaming Doom changed games if only iD were able to pursue that path there would've been no Duke Nukem 3d. If ducking and jumping had been limted to just DN no Half Life which is just a horrible thought for me. Multitouch is like the development of gamepads for me, one fire button was initially all there was then more were needed. Shoulder buttons and triggers were developments along the way and widely taken on from there.

Anyway back to ios 6 which the uk gets almost full version of and the mapping specifically which has the one difference, Apple says only US has 3d buildings atm which is odd as was sure they showed St Stephen's Tower in the keynote.
We do apparently get full siri navigation, with traffic etc so it's all good especially as the 3d buildings isn't that useful.

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