Take a look at the new features of iOS 6. There is a new Maps app that includes flyover view and turn-by-turn spoken directions. There is better Facebook integration, new Safari features, a new Passbook app and a Do Not Disturb mode. You can also take panoramic images and create shared photo streams.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s take a look at the new IOS 6.
So IOS 6 is new today for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. Now a lot of the new things that you have heard are coming with the iPhone 5 are actually just new features of IOS 6. But you can get them if you have an iPhone 4, 4S, or an iPad. Let’s go and take a look at what some of these new features are.
So one of the big new features is the replacement of the old Maps app which used Goggle Maps with a new one from Apple. You can see right away it looks a little different. The graphics and the colors are a little bit different but it works in generally the same way. You can move around, you can zoom in, you can look at different options here like showing traffic, you can switch to hybrid and satellite mode. So it works in a very similar way. You won’t have to learn how to do anything new. One of the new things though is replacement of street view which allowed you to look at photos of different positions on the street with the idea of this flyover view. So with flyover you can zoom in and hit this button on the bottom right and now you get this kind of 3D views which take you into major cities and you can actually rotate around and you can see that the building are actually 3D models with texture applied to the sides. So you can actually zoom in pretty closely on the streets and fly through them.
You’ve also got turn-by-turn spoken directions so you can do directions like you did before. Choose a route. Then you can hit start. On an upcoming video I am going to show you how well these work with Siri too. You can actually basically do the entire thing hands free. You can ask Siri to take you to a location and then get voice directions from Siri for each turn until you get there never having to glance at your screen.
Siri also has new functionality. For instance it can give you sports scores. “How did the Rockies do last night.” Siri-”Okay sports fans let’s take a look. The Rockies is on a 4 game losing streak right now.” “Rats!”
Siri can also do something everybody has wanted for a while now which is to launch apps. So for instance “Open audible”
There is also FaceTime integration. Of course before you could have shared photos using the Facebook app and a variety of other apps. But now you can actually do it right in the Photos app right after taking a picture. You can share the Facebook very easily. The trick is, of course, having set up Facebook in your Preferences first.
Now in the Photos app you have the ability now to create new Photo Streams. Before you had your personal Photo Stream. Now you can actually hit the plus button there and you can share it and make it public. So you can have these shared photo streams or share it to a particular person.
Another big new features is the new app Passbook. In here now you can add various things like boarding passes, tickets, and store coupons. Now of course the company you are working with has to have support of Passbook and supposedly a lot are going to be doing that in the very near future.
FaceTime is another new feature of IOS 6. Not that FaceTime is new. It’s not. But the ability to do it over cellular wireless networks is new. Now of course it depends on your carrier whether or not they allow you to do it.
The Do Not Disturb is another cool new feature here. It is pretty basic. You turn it on and the phone won’t ring, messages won’t sound or light up the screen. In emergencies if someone tries to call you twice in a row very quickly it will ring through. You also can customize it by going into Notifications, Do Not Disturb and you can actually set a schedule for when it automatically goes on. So for instance have it set up for you nighttime or when you’re busy. Also you can Allow Calls From a group that you set up and there is a function for having whether or not repeated calls will actually ring through.
There also are a variety of options when you get a call. For instance you can have a button on the screen and it can send directly to voicemail. You can also set it to remind you later to call the person back or send them a text message in response to their phone call.
Safari has a few new tricks. For instance iCloud tab has now been synced with your Mac with Mountain Lion. Also in Reader, go into Reader and then you do the share button you can add it to your reading list and it will be available off-line as it is in Mountain Lion.
So another cool thing about the Safari app is now there is a full screen mode. If you go horizontal you get this little full screen button here on the bottom right hand corner and you go full screen and you can simple tap that again to have the top and bottom bars.
One of my favorite new features is with the camera app. It works fine on my iPhone 4S even though it is shown as a feature of iPhone 5. It allows you to take panoramics very easily. In the camera app you can click the options button and then select panorama and then wave your phone vertically over a scene and you get a large image taken of that scene. So it can be way bigger than the 8 megapixels that the camera normally takes. You can take something that is a 20 megapixel picture of a whole area at 180 degrees.
One thing that is missing now from IOS 6 is the YouTube app. It was a default app since the very first iPhone but Apple and Goggle have been growing further and further apart and there was a licensing thing between Goggle and Apple for that app so now it is gone. YouTube works fine in Safari browser but there is also a third party YouTube app by Goggle that you can download from the App Store and you can see here it works pretty much the same way the old YouTube app did and perhaps with even more functionality now.
So IOS 6 works differently on your different devices. For instance on the iPad there is no Passbook app. That is strictly for the iPhone. Some older devices won’t be able to upgrade to it. For iPhones you need the 3GS or newer to use IOS 6. The original iPad does not work with IOS 6. You can only use IOS 5 with that. But the iPad 2 and up does and iPod Touch 4th generation or 5th generation work with IOS 6 but again features may vary. For instance Siri is only available on the 4S and 5 on the iPhone and it’s only available on the new iPad for iPads. So it depends on which one you’ve got as to which features you can use and exactly how it looks and works. For instance Safari is definitely different on the iPad than on the iPhone with tabs and more features and things like that.
I hope you found this useful. This is Gary with MacMost Now.