iOS 6 Beta thoughts

Posted: July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

WWDC wasn’t too long ago and Apple unveiled iOS 6, and its new features. Some interesting new features were 3D mapping, and Siri updates. Apple also changed a lot of GUI aspects. They have added the new app “passbook” which will make all papers and transactions such as flight, gift cards, codes, etc… much simpler. When dialing in the phone app the dialer is now white, as opposed to the old black. The music and YouTube interface has changed as well, as the buttons and sound control are cleaner looking. Apple is no longer using Google Maps, but have designed their own map app, which for A5 devices and higher, allows Siri as a turn-by-turn speaker, and also allows 3D mapping. Devices A4 and older will not receive Siri or 3D Mapping.

Ryan Petrich, the jailbreaker, has implemented a new tweak in his repo (http://rpetri.ch/ios6/) called “Unlock iOS6 Maps” which allows A4 devices and older, that are on iOS 6 to use the 3D interface. iOS 6 also introduces a nicer look at the share photo menu, by using app icons instead of plain buttons. iOS 6 also adds new widgets, one for fast tweeting from the notification center, and one for posting to Facebook from the notification center. As we all knew would happen, Facebook is now integrated into iOS. Some of the iOS 6 tweets are available to iOS 5 via Cydia, as well as a custom Winterboard theme that redesigns the phone to look like iOS 6. The iOS 6 theme and tweaks are: iOS 6 Theme (via ModMyi) iOS 6 Photos Menu (via BigBoss) and iOS 6 Twitter Widget for Notification Center (via BigBoss).

From my perspective, the changes are all minute, and unnecessary as a new iOS, and all Siri updates and minor changes to the design could have been an iOS 5.2 OTA update. Passbook and 3D mapping are the only two new features worthy of their own iOS. Comment on what you think about iOS 6’s features, and I hope you enjoyed!

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