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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).
 
Siri
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.
 
Facebook
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.
 
Phone
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.
 
Maps
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).


Passbook
 
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 Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2012 5:05:30 PM , Rating: 0
Nice trolling. But the Motorola phones in question simply do not meet the hardware requirements to guarantee a smooth consistent experience in ICS.

The reason you should avoid Motorola is locked bootloaders. Not that your going-on 3 year old phone isn't getting ICS officially.

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The 3GS, a phone that will be 4 years/generations old by the time iOS 6 is released, will get this update.


And? iOS 6 doesn't bring anything to the table performance wise or graphically. iOS run's on much older phones because it's not DOING a whole lot. It's easy to be "efficient" when you stick with the same minimalist UI and dumb app-launcher utility with still NO decent multitasking. Going from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich is a much bigger update than iOS6, not even a comparison.

You also won't get Siri and a host of other features, but hey, why let facts interrupt the ranting.


By TakinYourPoints on 6/11/2012 6:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Android apologism at its finest. Way to excuse carriers and hardware manufacturers for absolutely dropping the ball on keeping their phones up to date. ICS has been out for over half a year and only 7% of devices use it, and I'd bet that most of them are new. The bulk are still on the completely insecure 2.2 and 2.3.

Perfectly capable hardware that is only a year old and is well within a two-year contract is probably not going to get an ICS update, that is terrible for customers.

It matters because it gives developers even less of a reason to develop for Android, and it makes it hard for enterprise to adopt because pre-4.0 is fundamentally insecure compared to every other mobile OS out there. It is a big reason why enterprise is deploying iOS and BB and mostly skipping Android.

The Apple/Microsoft/BB approach of centralized updates is so much better. Its a shame that Google doesn't have more control. I see no reason to excuse carriers and manufacturers for doing a bad job keeping capable hardware up to date, especially when the latest iOS is running on three year old hardware and the latest WP7 is running on two year old hardware.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2012 6:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
Bla bla bla same old Takin applying the same double standard.

Android isn't going away, and despite this "terrible" situation, it's kicking iOS's ass in market-share. Terrible for customers? They are picking Android over iOS 3 to 1! Instead of making up straw men, look and listen to the reality here.

Is it a perfect situation? No. Is it as bad as you want it to seem? Nope. In a market where the average smartphone is kept for 16 months, your argument about three year old hardware is ludicrous.


By TakinYourPoints on 6/11/2012 6:41:26 PM , Rating: 1
Android isn't going away, of course, it just has a LOT to improve upon. OS upgrade deployment, security, marketplace, developer support, these are all things where it has serious issues.

Google giving Android away was the worst mistake they've made with it. It bought marketshare but hasn't resulted in profits; Microsoft makes more money from actual handsets and Google makes way more money serving ads on iOS. They could make something much better if they took the reigns.

Why are you excusing poor practices and implementation? I figure you'd want to see your platform get better instead of excusing its shortcomings.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2012 7:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
Those are subjective opinions formatted as facts. Thus are rejected.

I think it's pretty comical to second-guess Google's handling of Android when it single handed made it possible for third-party handset makers to compete with Apple. Yeah clearly they should have done things differently years ago based on your hindsight-tinted observations from today.

Microsoft "took the reigns", how's that been working out for them? Does anyone actually go out of their way to BUY a Windows phone on any significant scale?

Pretty ironic you criticize Google's approach when RIM is crumbling and WP7 has been nothing more than a passing curiosity.


By TakinYourPoints on 6/11/2012 7:20:31 PM , Rating: 1
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Those are subjective opinions formatted as facts. Thus are rejected.


You can take your ball and go home if you want.

I prefer to look at facts: http://blog.flurry.com/bid/85911/App-Developers-Si...

And on security: http://www.trendmicro.com/cloud-content/us/pdfs/bu...

These are the direct result of Google's approach.

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Yeah clearly they should have done things differently years ago based on your hindsight-tinted observations from today.


I called all of the above after the first year of Android, the writing was on the wall. I heard the same denial and excuses back then but obviously I was right.


By Reclaimer77 on 6/11/2012 7:36:50 PM , Rating: 2
lol the Tony method huh? Using some biased Apple blogger as evidence.

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I called all of the above after the first year of Android, the writing was on the wall. I heard the same denial and excuses back then but obviously I was right.


Awww cute, want a cookie?

I'm sure after the first year of Android, you also claimed it would never reach something like the 65% marketshare it has now. You sure as hell never thought it would.

But I guess we can't take the good with the bad. Android sucks, regardless of it's success, because Google didn't take the steps you thought they should have.


By TakinYourPoints on 6/11/2012 7:37:13 PM , Rating: 1
How are hard facts and numbers bias? Is it bias because it paints your arguments in a negative light?

Those are hard statistics, it is like calling a benchmark "biased" because you don't like Intel or NVIDIA.

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I'm sure after the first year of Android, you also claimed it would never reach something like the 65% marketshare it has now. You sure as hell never thought it would.


I certainly did. Giving the OS for free to every carrier and seeing how much marketing money Verizon and everyone else spent made it obvious that they were going to sell a ton. Marketing a free OS that every carrier had and inherent issues with the platform are two very different things though.

It may have had negative consequences for developers, the app ecosystem, OS updates, enterprise users, and security, but Android is certainly "good enough" for lots of people to buy, especially since so many models sold are cheap ones that people don't really take online or use apps on.


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