The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicked off in fine style today in San Francisco and amongst all the other announcements was an early preview of iOS 6, slated for release sometime this Autumn (northern hemisphere). The new OS will ship with several killer features including a newly Apple-designed Maps app with included turn-by-turn navigation, and Passbook, an app created to manage your boarding passes, gift cards and movie tickets. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the more notable aspects of iOS 6.
The Google-powered Maps app of old has been replaced with one of Apple’s own design, which offers turn-by-turn spoken directions, real-time traffic information and a graphically impressive Flyover feature which has photo-realistic and interactive 3D views. Maps will also host a local search which plugs into Yelp to offer information from over 100 million business listings.
The built-in Phone app has been given its biggest overhaul in some time, with all-new options open to those who do not wish to accept a call. Mail has also been revisited, furnished with a more streamlined interface and new VIP list to help iOS users cut the wheat from the chaff and more quickly read messages from contacts that are designated as VIP’s.
Added to all the above are a slew of other additions such as Facebook integration, the freeing of FaceTime from its previous Wi-Fi-only restrictions, an overhaul of Photo Stream to enable sharing, and some further innovations in accessibility in the form of Guided Access. There’s also the usual nip-and-tuck of many existing features which comes with a new iteration of iOS, and no doubt we’ll learn further details as the northern autumn release date approaches.