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Apple brings new Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation, but it's limited to iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and newer devices.

Apple first introduced the world to the iPhone Operating System -- now known as iOS -- back in early 2007. At the time, the operating system was a breath of fresh air in the smartphone space. Over the years, the iOS has grown to encompass not only the iPhone, but also the iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV. 350 million iOS devices have shipped as of March 30, 2012.
Five years after its first introduction, Apple is ready to apply a fresh coat of paint to its mobile operating system with iOS 6. Those expecting a drastic UI overhaul are going to be disappointed as the same basic formula that was introduced in 2007 remains. However, Apple has taken steps to make sure that iOS 6 remains fresh and relevant in today's quickly changing smartphone space.
While iOS 5 brought a more modern Notifications Center, OTA updates, iMessage, and integrated Twitter support, Apple has a fresh bag of tricks up its sleeve for iOS 6 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Apple has updated Siri with some new functionality. While the first iteration of Siri introduced with the iPhone 4S was somewhat limited in its capabilities, the version included in iOS 6.0 now supports the "New" iPad, can give you sports scores (for example: MLB, NFL, NBA, etc.), and stats on athletes. It has also been integrated with Rotten Tomatoes, Yelp, and OpenTable.

Another big addition is the ability to launch apps with Siri. For users that have pages and pages of apps, a voice command of "Play Angry Birds" will launch the app instead of swiping and tapping through screens.
Even further integration is being introduced in new automobiles using "Eyes Free". Eyes Free is simply a button placed on a vehicle's steering wheel that allows users to directly access Siri without taking your eyes off the road. Some of the partners include BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Honda, and General Motors. Ford is interestingly not on that list, but we're sure they're quite content with MyFord Touch.
The other big addition to iOS is Facebook integration. Last year saw system-wide integration of Twitter and this year Zuckerberg and his crew are joining the fray. Users simply login from the Settings app, and are then given the ability to share apps, upload pictures, and provide location details to their Facebook page. There is also full integration with the iTunes store so that you can like and share movies, TV shows, and music.

Facebook Integation
And to make posting information easier, Apple has added Twitter and Facebook posting buttons to the Notification Center.
Apple is also making some of the most drastic changes to the Phone apps since the iPhone's launch in 2007. Apple now gives you the option to automatically send a text message to a person who is calling you when you can't pick up the phone (say you're in a meeting or at a movie). A simple canned message can be sent, or you can be reminded at a later time to call the person back.

New answering options in the Phone app

A new "Do Not Disturb" option has also been added to Settings that allows your phone to go into stealth mode -- your phone will still accept calls and messages, but your phone will not light up or make sounds/vibrate.
Perhaps the biggest news is that Apple has kicked Google to the curb with respect to its built-in Maps application. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the Apple-Google relationship has taken a dramatic turn for the worse since the Android operating system debuted. With this in mind, Apple took matters into its own hands by purchasing three mapping companies (Placebase, Poly9, C3 Technologies) to develop an in-house mapping solution for iOS.
Maps is now integrated with Yelp, providing 100 million business listings. Apple is also including traffic information including accident reporting using anonymous, real-time crowd-sourcing. In addition, Apple is finally getting onboard with turn-by-turn navigation; something that Google has offered for a few years with Android smartphones. And naturally, Maps is now fully integrated with Siri.

 Turn-by-turn navigation and 3D aerial view in the new Maps app

Maps now includes a "Flyover" mode which displays 3D model of cities from an aerial viewpoint. Again, many of these features are simply catching up to what's been available on the market for quite some time on completing platforms.

And here's the biggest kick to the face of users of older generation iOS devices -- just like Apple's decision to limit Siri to just the iPhone 4S at launch, 3D Flyby and turn-by-turn navigation is limited to just the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 (and newer) devices:

Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas. Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Cellular data charges may apply.
Odds and Ends
A few other features that are being added to iOS 6 include FaceTime over a cellular connection and iCloud Tabs, which syncs tabs between all your iOS devices and Macs. Users now have the ability to share Photo Streams. Users can now add pictures and videos into an email message directly from the Mail app instead of first having to initiate a message from the Photos app. Also, users can now “pull to refresh” to get new messages.
Passbook allows you to store eTicket information for movies and flights, and also allows you to store gift cards for retailers (i.e. Target, Starbucks).

Apple also bragged about the fact that they that have an extremely large consumer base with 400 million accounts (making it largest store on the internet). There are over 650,000 apps in the App Store with over 225,000 of them being specifically tailored to the iPad. In total, over 30 billion apps have been downloaded since the App Store was introduced in 2008. As for the developers, Apple says that it has paid out over $5 billion to developers since the App Store’s inception.

Source: Apple

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By retrospooty on 6/11/2012 3:33:17 PM , Rating: -1
Why on Earth would you buy phone today for features that dont exist on and OS that doesnt exist? You buy a phone based on it's current features, not an OS upgrade that may or may not come. It's nice that IOS6 will work on an old 3gs, but its certainly not something I would equate into my purchase. I think about what I can do with it day 1 and if it doesnt have what I need, pass.

RE: 3GS gets the upgrade. Do you see that Motorola??
By tayb on 6/11/2012 3:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
Who says I do or would? The point is that new features were released with Android updates and Motorola isn't going to push down a newer version of the software. I would rather buy a phone from a company I know will continue supporting my device than a company that will abandon the product as soon as I swipe the card. It's ridiculous. The phone was 18 months old when Android 4 came out.

It's the same thing with other products. I wouldn't buy a notebook from a company if they told me I couldn't upgrade the software at a later date. I especially wouldn't if there were competitors that would allow me to upgrade the software. It's a no brainer.

By lelias2k on 6/11/2012 5:06:04 PM , Rating: 5
That is not his point at all.

I got my Droid 3 last August and I am stuck with 2.3.4 unless I do it on my own and risk screwing something up, being left off with my warranty void and possibly a brick. Meanwhile, Apple makes it easy for older devices to get upgraded.

This is what Apple haters don't get: 99% of people out there won't go through the troubles it takes to upgrade the OS in our situation.

By Aloonatic on 6/12/2012 7:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
That's the point. The OP is taking control, and wont be buying a Motorola again, and if that's his reason, then he'll not be buying an Android phone again as most manufacturers are as bad as each other in that respect. However, Android users who say just use an ROM from wherever need to realise that the vast majority of people don;t want to do this, even technical people, and it's a big advantage for Apple in the market.

I do agree tho, buy a phone now for what it can do now. In the early days of android I might have had some sympathy with people who expected updates, but I think that people should have realised by now that that's not how the android handset business model works.

I have an Xperia S, and it's OK. It is supposed to get a v4 update at some stage, but I'll be more pleasantly surprised if it does, rather than expecting it to happen. It does what I need it too, but to be honest, so would most handsets with most OSs on.

At any rate, IMHO, getting all upset about Android updates is a bit odd too. There's usually little reason to get excited about them in reality. Even the great 2.1 to 2.2 (I think it was) update that was supposed to make apps run much faster didn't really do that much in reality. Android updates rarely bring anything that actually is useful/great anyway. I think that the wi-fi hotspot thing has been the most useful update that I've found, but other than that I can't really think of anything that's made me think wow, that was worth it.

To be honest, I'm just waiting for my next contract renewal to coincide with a decent WP7 handest to be come available on my network, as I never seem to have any luck there, with the Lumia 900 being something that I might have gone for coming to the UK just a little too late :(

By retrospooty on 6/12/2012 10:27:55 AM , Rating: 1
"Android users who say just use an ROM from wherever need to realise that the vast majority of people don;t want to do this, even technical people, and it's a big advantage for Apple in the market."

I dunno about that. I agree that the vast majority of users don't want to deal with a custom/hacked ROM to get an update, but the reason is that the vast majority of users don't care about updates at all. The average non-technical user out there doesn't even bother, and will only get an updatae if it happens automatically. For those that do want it, there is a choice. Android gives you options of all kinds of different types of phones with different assets, but has a limited upgrade path, and iPhone gives you a very good future OS upgrade path, with very limited options of different types of phones.

That is just the way it is. To buy an Android and be angry that an 18 month old phone doesn't get an upgrade is just as useless as buying and iPhone and then being angry that the screen is too small.

By chemist1 on 6/12/2012 3:37:04 AM , Rating: 5
LOL how are you "stuck"? Stuck with what? Does your phone just stop working if you don't get ICS on it?

It's simple. You're "stuck" in exactly the way you'd be stuck if a PC you bought when, say, Vista was current couldn't be upgraded to Win 7. It of course wouldn't stop working when Win 7 came out, but that's not the point; and trying to make it the point is to throw in a red herring that obscures a legitimate issue: as software improves, will my computing device be able to take advantage of it, or am I limited to what's installed when I bought it? After all, doesn't the future upgradability of a computing device figure importantly into its current value?

By retrospooty on 6/11/2012 5:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Droid 3 as well. I didn't get all pissed that it didn't get an ICS upgrade. I bought it for the features it had and those features didnt change when ICS was released. I wanted ICS so I took it upon myself to upgrade and I did. If I were not technically inclined, I would have just stayed with 2.3

" Meanwhile, Apple makes it easy for older devices to get upgraded."

Agreed, and that is my point. If you are someone that wants to get an OS upgrade on your older phones and arent technically inclined, or just lack the motivation to do it on your own, then the iPhone is definitely the best option for you. I think we agree. Apple is good with this aspect, and if you want an OS upgrade bead enough to be pissed off about it, then Apple is your best bet.

RE: 3GS gets the upgrade. Do you see that Motorola??
By name99 on 6/11/2012 10:09:38 PM , Rating: 2
An 18 month old phone is pretty old in this industry.

Really? So you think the article's line about
And here's the biggest kick to the face of users of older generation iOS devices -- just like Apple's decision to limit Siri to just the iPhone 4S at launch, 3D Flyby and turn-by-turn navigation is limited to just the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 (and newer) devices:

is stupid?

Let's see how many of your fellow commentators agree. Because I suspect that pretty much all of them hold these two thoughts in their head at the exact same time:
"Android vendors are fine for not upgrading their user base"
"Apple is pure evil for only giving PARTIAL upgrades their (much older) user base"

By V-Money on 6/12/2012 1:26:33 AM , Rating: 1
...or...just hear me out...they realize that an 18 month phone isn't that old, but old enough that it is understandable if a company isn't pushing the latest and greatest on it.

On android anything is possible with a simple google search, talk all you want about how hard it is to root a phone, but within half an hour I was running ICS on my Nexus one and I had never rooted a phone before that.

The argument is that current phones are designed for what is out today, and not all of them will get upgraded in a timely fashion or at all. That's the price you pay for having options, in the Apple world you have ~1 phone a year to pick from, if thats what you want then go for it, but believe it or not, there are people that don't want to think differently by owning the same phone as everyone else.

As for not giving them certain features, that is a valid complaint because there is a difference between not bothering to update a phone at all and going through the trouble to update a phone and leaving out features that the phone can support.

By Solandri on 6/12/2012 2:34:32 AM , Rating: 2
...or...just hear me out...they realize that an 18 month phone isn't that old, but old enough that it is understandable if a company isn't pushing the latest and greatest on it.

Normally I'd agree with this if the functionality is marginal on the older hardware. Except Siri is handled entirely server-side. The phone just records what you say and transmits it to Siri's (Apple's) servers which does the processing and comes up with a response. The only reason it's limited to the iPhone 4S is to make people want to buy a new phone. There is no technical reason for it.

Same thing is probably true for 3d flyby and navigation. Yes the 4S has better 3D capabilities. But the 4 is probably good enough for flyby and surely is good enough for navigation. And the 3G has a lower-res screen so its 3D is probably good enough too.

This is a really disturbing trend if you think about it - requiring you to purchase new hardware when older hardware is perfectly capable of running the software. It's the whole reason the PC took over the world - it was (once Compaq reverse engineered the BIOS) generic hardware which would run any software you wanted. No longer were you beholden to the hardware manufacturer for your software. Except Apple is regressing and try to pull people back into that old, failed proprietary hardware vendor-lock model.

I guess the real issue here is that for all the talk about Apple's App Store being bigger than Android's Market, the bottom line is there are no real competitors in iOS' app space for these Apple software products. Playing with custom Android ROMs has taught me that just about all the software there can be replaced or tweaked. The browser, the texting app, the calendar, the picture viewer, the video/music player, maps, heck even the market all have very viable alternatives.

By retrospooty on 6/12/2012 8:34:34 AM , Rating: 2
"Android vendors are fine for not upgrading their user base"
"Apple is pure evil for only giving PARTIAL upgrades their (much older) user base"

No, I think Apple goes above and beyond with upgrades, and that's cool that they do. But the fact is they only have 1 phone out per year and therefore have only a few phones to make the update for. Android makers have tons of phones and believe me, making a ROM on a phone is a huge amount of work. It's not just load the OS and debug a few issues. It takes 1000's and 1000's of man hours to get done.

It's good and bad for both sides. Android's up side is they have options, you can get a small screen, big screen or rediculous huge screem, qwerty kb, removable battery, 4G, low end , high end, and everything in between. Androids downside is you wont get updates too far back. Apple's upside is longer update support, but the downside is you get one phone in one size that doesnt "fit all".

By BSMonitor on 6/11/2012 4:19:41 PM , Rating: 3
This has to be the stupidest argument in the Droid / iOS debate I have ever read.

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