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  • A Quick Glance At Some Minor and Major iOS 6 Changes


    Taking a quick skim through iOS 6 and all that has been changed, it brings back memories of searching through iOS 5 when it first came out. Fortunately, the update has a lot more to offer than iOS 5 did. We are going to show you some of the icing on the cake and some things that have changed from iOS 5 to iOS 6 so you will know what to expect when you update to it this Fall.

    1. New Application Banners

    As soon as you power on your new iOS 6 device, the first thing you will want to do is visit the App Store and download your favorite applications. However, we chose to go into the Settings application and log into Twitter and Facebook first – this lets us install the Twitter and Facebook applications directly from the Settings application without the need to visit the App Store. As you can see, once a new application finishes downloading, a blue banner labeled “New” will appear on all new applications to alert you that they are freshly downloaded. Once you launch the application for the first time, the banner will disappear.


    2. A Better Settings App

    Also new to iOS 6 is a brand new Settings application. Instead of offering a preferences pane for every application on the device, Apple chose to group certain things together to not only make things easier to follow, but also to save space. Additionally, a Bluetooth toggle has been added to the primary pane under the Wi-Fi toggle. This is great because it used to be a pain to toggle Bluetooth on and off. Additionally, you can see the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature right above the Notifications preferences pane that will allow you to silence notifications for a duration of time.


    3. New Widgets

    iOS 6 welcomes two new gorgeous widgets that allow you to quickly Tweet to Twitter or post on Facebook. Both buttons, when tapped, launch an interface from Notification Center where you can type your message and have it posted live. Unlike iOS 5, the Twitter interface is not laggy anymore as Apple seems to have greatly improved its performance. These features can only be done after you have signed into your Facebook and Twitter accounts from the Settings application.


    4. Support for A Ton of Picture Sharing

    When you go into your Photos application and attempt to share a photo like you would in iOS 5, a new interface that we are not familiar with will appear. The interface includes buttons for Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, assigning the picture to a contact, printing the picture, copying the picture, or using the picture as a wallpaper. The interface looks good and the flexibility we didn’t have before is just fabulous.


    5. A New Maps Interface

    Maps has been redesigned with speed and beauty in mind. The Maps application now uses Apple’s own mapping method instead of Google Maps. The maps load up very quickly and they look as great as they function. From the A4 device this demo is being presented on, you will have the ability to move between map view, hybrid view, and satellite view, as turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover view are unfortunately not supported on A4 devices.


    6. A New Weather Interface

    The Weather application appears the same for the most part, except for the color change and a more noticeable gradient being used. The change is completely cosmetic and doesn’t affect anything functionally.


    7. A New App Store and iTunes Interface

    The App Store and iTunes have been completely redesigned from the ground up. This is probably a good thing since the App Store seems to load so slowly. The newer App Store interface still takes a while to load up, so it seems heavily dependent on your Internet connection speed. From now on, when you search for a new application to download, you will be accompanied by a built-in download manager, which shows you your download progress from within the App Store application without the App Store auto-closing and taking you to the home screen. Additionally, when the application finishes downloading, the App Store will show you an ‘Open’ button that will launch your newly downloaded application. These are some nice things to have as it was a pain having to re-launch the App Store to download another application after you begin a download.


    8. A New Camera Interface

    Just like the Weather application, the Camera application sees some color changes. The black interface is the one noticeable change, but nothing appears to have changed functionally.


    9. New Music Interface

    iOS 6 comes with a completely redone Music application. You might not even recognize Apple’s design in this one. The music controls almost look like something right out of a Cydia theme. The interface has a large visual change, but functionally, everything still works the same.


    10. New Timer Function

    iOS 6 now includes a button in the Clock application to play one of your song library music tracks when a timer goes off. This button was not available in iOS 5. It will probably be nicer to wake up to music of your choice rather than a loud alarming distraction.


    11. The Passbook App

    Passbook is the new, highly controversial application that comes with iOS 6. It’s not yet known if this application is going to be a useful one or not, but hopefully it doesn’t end up like Newsstand and being hidden from my home screen. Unfortunately, we don’t have any Boarding Passes, Tickets, Store Cards, or Coupons to show you.

    Not too shabby, eh? Who's ready to upgrade?!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: A Quick Glance At Some Minor and Major iOS 6 Changes started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. 1pop23's Avatar
      1pop23 -
      Still disappointed though
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1pop23 View Post
      Still disappointed though
      Hard to please the critics.
    1. mushromking's Avatar
      mushromking -
      I still see the "stop playing" option in ios 6 on iphone 4s
    1. LukeDuke's Avatar
      LukeDuke -
      Why is the iPhone 5 called the iOS 6?
    1. weeslo's Avatar
      weeslo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kylemcg View Post
      Everything about ios6 is screwing me over, being a ipad1 and iphone4 owner.
      Can't use old hardware forever. And yes, both of those are (relatively) old hardware.
    1. Anthony_1122's Avatar
      Anthony_1122 -
      Quote Originally Posted by weeslo View Post
      Can't use old hardware forever. And yes, both of those are (relatively) old hardware.
      the iphone 4 is almost 2 years old, where as the iphone 3gs on the other hand is 3 years old and on its 3rd major software update.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by LukeDuke View Post
      Why is the iPhone 5 called the iOS 6?
      Huh? The iPhone and iOS are 2 different things
    1. TTGSteve's Avatar
      TTGSteve -
      So, you won't be able to download this on the iPad 1?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by TTGSteve View Post
      So, you won't be able to download this on the iPad 1?
      That's correct
    1. TTGSteve's Avatar
      TTGSteve -
      ....sigh

      Welp, I bet you guys and gals can guess which iPad I have. Lol.
    1. amenter18's Avatar
      amenter18 -
      Okay, sooo iOS stands for operating system, it's operating system 6 not iPhone anything to the person out there who was confused. Also, this does work on the iPhone 4, it works on the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPod touch (most recent gen), the iPad 2 and the new iPad... That's just to clear up a few confusions I saw with the ppl
    1. izzy1990's Avatar
      izzy1990 -
      You forgot about the phone.app features has decline with text and remind me later something i have always wanted
    1. raptorjr's Avatar
      raptorjr -
      Pretty lame for a major update. Should have been called iOS 5.5.
    1. frissondj's Avatar
      frissondj -
      still no quick compose I see, I thought Apple would have grasped that biteSMS is used far more than their stock message app
    1. amenter18's Avatar
      amenter18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by raptorjr View Post
      Pretty lame for a major update. Should have been called iOS 5.5.
      Lame? This is a 10 times bigger update than iOS 5.0 was... I'm much more satisfied with this update than 5.0. There's much more than just what's here in this article.

      Quote Originally Posted by frissondj View Post
      still no quick compose I see, I thought Apple would have grasped that biteSMS is used far more than their stock message app
      Haha apple seems to have overlooked that once again. It's a shame too.
    1. baRRy boRRis's Avatar
      baRRy boRRis -
      Quote Originally Posted by raptorjr View Post
      Pretty lame for a major update. Should have been called iOS 5.5.
      Well there's over 200 new features, and we've seen around 15 so it's not all doom and gloom. I think that iOS 6.x when the new iPhone is released will be a big one too.

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      9. New Music Interface
      It has been updated to match the iOS 5 music player from the iPad, which is absolutely wank. You can't play more than one album at a time, say if you have 3 albums by one band you'll have to make a new playlist with them all in and play that. SERIOUSLY counter intuitive...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      No Streetview in Maps is the biggest drawback for me. For me Streetview was one of the greatest improvements to digital maps.
      I don't suppose Apple would allow Google Maps in the app store so I could just use it when I needed Streetview. Apple maps seems quite good but without Streetview I think I'll resist upgrading - not much for the iPhone 4 and I can't on my original iPad. But my iPad3 is turning up any day and Siri is tempting....
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by frissondj View Post
      still no quick compose I see, I thought Apple would have grasped that biteSMS is used far more than their stock message app
      If apple did a bitesms-like interface I almost wouldn't jailbreak
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      They have to do more than just that for me not to jailbreak
    1. hel22's Avatar
      hel22 -
      just saw this for the first time, so I will be able to DL iOS 6 on my iphone 3GS?