iOS 6 Beta for Developers, now released! Take a look at the new features
Just last September, iOS 5 (along with the dearly loved Siri) was released during Apple’s WWDC. And just when we thought that it couldn’t get any more anticipated, here comes the recent WWDC 2012 with the release of the iOS 6 Beta for Developers that surely made Apple enthusiasts excited. Speculations of the new iOS 6 have indeed been proven true and is something that consumers will surely love. Apple’s WWDC 2012 also announced, along with the latest iOS 6, the most-awaited release of the new MacBook Pro and OS X improvements. And as by tradition, new apps and improvements will also be released hand in hand with the new iOS update, most significantly changes on Stock Maps app and Siri. Read more for a summary of some of the new and improved features expected to come for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in iOS 6!
iDevices that will be supported by iOS 6 are as follows:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPad 2
- New iPad (iPad 3)
- iPod Touch 4th Gen
Wait till the latest iOS 6 becomes official and would finally be available for your iDevices! Check out these awesome features that would surely make you love Apple more.
- Improvements on Siri: If you thought that iOS 5’s version of Siri was more laidback and not really that seriously of a personal digital assistant yet, then wait till Siri comes in iOS 6, because THIS iOS has definitely made Siri a personal assistant in every sense of the word. Ask Siri sports-related information or even real-time updates of live scores for your soccer, basketball and baseball games because Siri is now sports savvy! Siri can now recommend places for over 60 countries all over the world (a feature that was previously unavailable outside US). Enhanced suggestions for places are sure to be expected. Restaurants and the hippest food bars are now in greater detail with Yelp integration so as with cinema suggestions. Want to know movie reviews before deciding to watch it? Worry no more, because you can get Rotten Tomato reviews too! Siri would now also be able to launch both stock and third-party applications. Talk to Siri while driving, because a new feature called Eye Freewill now adds a Siri button to several cars, which would make driving around more convenient. AND, hold on to your hats, Siri is coming to the NEW iPad ONLY – not on iPad 2.
- Facebook Integration: iOS 6’s Facebook integration is arranged to be similar with iOS 5’s Twitter integration, BUT with one HUGE improvement. Aside from sharing photos, locations and web links, with iOS 6, you can now LIKE apps in the App Store or iTunes, to let your friends know what Apps you use. Syncing contacts will also be available.
- Phone App: Important and very useful changes were made for the Stock Phone app. Users can now screen calls, a feature that would let urgent or emergency calls get through the line. An option of setting up your phone number and Apple ID on an iPad (or Mac) is also available to enable you receive calls and messages NOT ONLY on your iPhones but on your iPads and Macs as well. Apple also included a few useful features (apparently borrowed from Android, or as the fanboys would claim, but definitely done better in Cupertino) like rejecting a call with a text message, or telling your phone to remind you to call back. These call-back reminders are made so smartly that it could also be location-specific so when you leave your current location, your phone will just buzz you to remind you of returning back a call!
- FaceTime: Instead of the previous “with wifi-only” feature, you can now use FaceTime over cellular as well.
- Do Not Disturb: Just with a single toggle, you can now turn off all alerts and notifications. Very convenient, especially when you need a shuteye asap.
- Safari: This default iOS 6 web browser can now be viewed in full screen mode when you go landscape. On top of that, you can save and add anything to your Read It Later list for offline viewing. Syncing of open tabs on your desktop’s Safari is now possible though iCloud, making it possible to go around (on your iPhone or iPad) with the websites that you left open on your desktop.
- VIPs: Got contacts that you think are “more important” than most people on your list? With iOS 6, it’s now possible to choose certain people to add on your VIP list, with VIP treatment of course. E-mails and texts from these VIP people will now be highlighted on your lockscreen, and even create separated boxes for them in the Stock Map app. On top of that, all of your message threads (VIP or not) will now support a pull-to-refresh feature.
- Passbook: Keep all important personal data and cards in one virtual wallet with this QR based new app and automatically generate QR codes for your movie tickets, boarding passes, various membership cards and deal cards. Just whip up our phone in real life to use them.
- Maps: Apple has definitely taken the improvement of their Maps feature to a whole new level because not only is the app completely re-vamped, it is not also integrated with Siri and supports local searches in great detail. The best feature to this improvement is the 3D mode made available for map viewing. View places and building in full 3D with zoom and switch between views aspect. Also ask Siri questions on locations and even pose a detailed route-planning query, you won’t be disappointed with the answers. There’s so much more to maps than what is in here. Use it and see for yourself to believe it!
Though the list does not have the promised 200+ features that Apple said, these are so far the major changes that you are yet to experience in the near future. Rest assured though, that updates about these would be posted as soon as news and rumors about this will come out.
For developers, you easily can head over to the iOS dev center to download the beta version and take the new and improved iOS for a test.