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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. tampabuc2004's Avatar
      tampabuc2004 -
      Does anyone have any free or cheap spots open on there dev account so i can try this out?
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      i will always jailbreak just because.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by tampabuc2004 View Post
      Does anyone have any free or cheap spots open on there dev account so i can try this out?
      Apple does.
      "Cheap" anyway. It's only $100/year.

      MMi does not. Sorry, but selling or trading UUID slots is against site rules.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TTGSteve View Post
      ....sigh

      Welp, I bet you guys and gals can guess which iPad I have. Lol.
      Hmmm an iPad 2?! Heheeheheheheheh

      Quote Originally Posted by LukeDuke View Post
      Why is the iPhone 5 called the iOS 6?
      ....dumbest thing I seen all day -_-
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by asmacumber View Post
      Apple has consistently upped their game
      Losing Streetview and transit routing is not upping any game, it's acting out of spite and screwing the customer. Tighter integration of FB and Twitter just continues the trend of targeting mindless social media boobs instead of actually getting some use from your iOS device. This version is not a winner.
    1. aries_green_monkey's Avatar
      aries_green_monkey -
      In reference to this article:

      I am excited about some of the changes coming this way, and feel that passbook is going to be an amazing addition to the iPhone. As a banker, i can see how having simple access to your tickets and giftcards will be helpful- especially because there are so many resources we use online and via email anyway, this will help to organize. (As long as your battery is charged!)

      I dont have too many complaints, it is the same issues with Apple we have always had. They are extremely slow to push new features that are expected and extremely simple, but at this point it is a process that is extremeley effective to increase sales. Of course they wont provide Siri to older phones! Do you remember how long it took to get COPY AND PASTE!!? I havent had an iPhone for a few years, but my experience with the 3G I had camped out for was amazing, the 3GS was even better as far as stability and the processor (even though it was ALWAYS jailbroken) and I am ready to move back to an iProduct. Regardless of how you feel about the functionality, it is hard to complain about the smooth transitions, intuitive integration, and simply put: ease of use, with an iProduct.

      Cant wait for December when my contract is up. At that point at least 1 more patch will be out to fix all the issues that iOS 6 will SURELY have upon release ;D

      On an unrelated note:

      I know many of you are new to the whole iPhone world, but as an old school hacker and iPod modder before they were even touchscreen (iPod color, iPod Video; if you remember ipodwizard.net and ipodhacking.com) I have to say MANY of the members here would probably appreciate you do a little more research before asking such simple (and honestly, stupid) questions.

      We were all once n00bs, but that doesnt give the excuse to ask questions like "so iOS is different than iPhone?"

      Not that we dont want to inform you, and help educate other iPod/iPhone interested users and hackers, but it can be frustrating to see how many pages are filled with these SAME simple questions which honestly could be answered by a simple google search or just browsing the articles more.


      With so much damn love for a growing and prosperous hacking community,

      Jordan aka AGM
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      They have to do more than just that for me not to jailbreak
      👆Agreed... A whole lot more... I wouldn't have an iPhone if it wasn't for jail****king... Stock iOS is lacking in so many areas... Cydia provides hope to the jail we're in with our idevices stock restrictions and limitations... It's sad that apple won't budge on their stubbornness... Thank the heavens for iOS hackers!
    1. HiMzOberoi's Avatar
      HiMzOberoi -
      can we update our software from ios 5 to ios 6 ????
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      losing streetview and transit routing is not upping any game, it's acting out of spite and screwing the customer. Tighter integration of fb and twitter just continues the trend of targeting mindless social media boobs instead of actually getting some use from your ios device. This version is not a winner.
      agreed!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by HiMzOberoi View Post
      can we update our software from ios 5 to ios 6 ????
      If you are a developer you can.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP15 View Post
      They also got rid of how the app store closes when you download something !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!
      Holy baby Jesus finally !!

      Quote Originally Posted by HiMzOberoi View Post
      can we update our software from ios 5 to ios 6 ????
      When it comes out yes...until then only devs can
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      I found every one of these changes to be rather yawn inducing.
      However, will the new Apple/TomTom maps have an offline caching feature?
      If not, I wonder if that means if Google is no longer supplying an Apple-customized Google Maps app, will they come out with their own iOS version of Google Maps with all the features of the Android version, including offline caching?

      Not that I even used offline caching, but I figure that might be useful to have if I'm ever lost in the woods with no cell service. Then again, considering I never visit the woods, I don't see that happening anytime soon either.