• Apple WWDC iOS 6 release – Features you must know about Apple iOS 6

    Posted on June 14th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    WWDC 2012: Features of iOS 6On Monday, June 11th, the annual Apple WWDC held in Moscone West, San Francisco officially announced the release of iOS 6, the next generation of the iOS that powers the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The release of iOS 6 has been a long anticipated service from worldwide people, though iOS 5 in fact has satisfactory performance. Scott Forstall, the senior vice president for iOS software, told the developers and press attended that there’re about 200 new features added into iOS 6, like Siri enhancements, Facebook updates, Maps, FaceTime, Photo Stream, etc. While the iOS 6 was introduced on WWDC, the next iPhone has not been mentioned officially. But, from the iOS 6 features, we may be able to draw a rough picture of iPhone 5 features.

    Forstall firstly displayed some convincing data to show the importance of upgrading iOS 5 to iOS 6. He told the developers and press that there’re more than 365 million iOS devices, 80% of which are running iOS 5. 7 billion push notifications are sent to iOS devices every day, over 1.5 million of which have been pushed to date. There’re also more than 1 billion messages from 140 million iMessage users per day. These statistics could properly illustrate how important an advanced iOS will be.

    Well, now, let’s take an overview look on what iOS 6 brings to us. Here I would just pick out some key features of iOS 6. It’s really a big project to detail all iOS 6 features here.

    Maps: Maps in iOS 6 sports a new icon, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Apple built an entire new mapping solution “from the ground up,” Forstall said, doing all the cartography itself. And the assortment of features Apple will now include for free with the Maps app may well leave the folks over at Google feeling a little envious.

    Siri enhancements: Within iOS 6, it supports languages from 15 different countries and regions. For Asia, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese are added. Seen from the live demonstration, the new Siri has connected to China LBS database, supporting to search for related business information. In addition, Siri also provides database of sports, shops, restaurants and movies. Another new feature is Eyes Free. It needs cooperation with car manufacturers.

    Facebook integration: As with Twitter in iOS 5, Facebook will be integrated systemwide on iOS 6. You’ll be able to share photos, links, locations, iTunes and App Store items, and more via Facebook. And Facebook is integrated directly into Notification Center: You can drag down to post a new Facebook update (or tweet).

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    FaceTime: In iOS 6, Apple’s video chatting feature will work over a cellular connection, not just Wi-Fi. Forstall also said that Apple is unifying your Apple ID and phone number, so if someone sends a FaceTime message to your number (or an iMessage), it can arrive on your iPad or Mac, too.

    Safari: About two-thirds of all mobile Web traffic comes from Safari on iOS, Forstall said. With Mountain Lion, your iOS devices will be able to sync your open tabs with iCloud, so the sites you visit from one device are accessible on your others. And as with Mountain Lion, Safari in iOS 6 now supports offline reading for webpages saved in Reading List.

    Photo Stream: New in iOS 6 are shared Photo Streams, which let you easily share photos with friends. Choose the photos you’d like to share, choose your friends, and you’re done. Friends receive a push notification, and photos appear in an album in the Photos app. Friends can also comment on your photos.

    Mail: As it will in Mountain Lion, Mail on iOS 6 will add support for VIPs. Mark someone as a VIP, and you get a notification on the lock screen when their messages arrive, just like you do with a text message. And you get a special mailbox for those messages, along with a new Flagged mailbox.

    Spotlight tweak: If you have lots of apps, sometimes it’s hard to figure out precisely which homescreen they’re located on. In iOS 6, Spotlight makes that at least a smidgen easier, by listing the name of the folder a particular app is nestled inside when it appears in the search results.

    Other features: Apple showed a slide listing a host of other features included in the iOS 6 update. Among those are Game Center challenges, the ability to connect Game Center friends from Facebook, VoiceOver improvements, personal dictionary in iCloud, audio and video sampling during playback, Pass Kit (for interacting with Passbook), VoiceOver gestures, the ability to control camera focus and exposure, a Web Audio API, Game Center in-app experience, game groups, video stabilization, frame drop data, pull-to-refresh on Table views, a means of supporting in-app purchases of iTunes Store-hosted content, in-app Bluetooth pairing, remote Web Inspector, rich text on label fields and text views, CSS filters, crossfade with CSS animations, and a face detection API, etc.

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