Not Long to iOS 6

Here at icloud login we are very excited about the news from Apple last week especially as it effects users of iCloud.

We saw the launch of the new iPhone, to mixed reviews especially because in many countries the new 4G systems are not in place yet. In the UK they are looking at the end of next year for most networks to have a decent coverage in place.

But there is more to the new iPhone than just data speed. iOS 6 will be released in any day now, bringing a host of new features and updates to iPhone and iPad users alike.

Here is a list of some of the new features and applications we can expect.

Brand new Safari app

There are lots of useful improvements here: Instapaper-style offline reading, iCloud tab syncing and photo sharing website integration to make uploading less hassle.  Smart App Banners enable websites to tell you about their iOS apps more easily.

Passbook

Passbook is Apple’s new e-tickets app, enabling you to carry electronic tickets for anything from sports events to plane travel, or to have a digital loyalty card.

Facetime over 3G

At last video calls everywhere! Facetime is Apple’s proprietary video calling system. Previously limited to WiFi only, this now adds video calls on the move. Hurrah!

Phone app

The revised Phone app offers smart reminders, so for example you can reject a call with a message saying you’re busy. You can also be reminded to call someone back when you leave your current location.

The new Do Not Disturb mode is cool, when new messages arrive, they do so silently and without the screen lighting up, also you can also tell your iPhone not to silence calls from a list of favourite callers, or to automatically silent repeat calls from the same person.

Mail has VIPs and pull to refresh

At last mail has pull to refresh! You can also create a list of VIPs whose messages will appear on your device’s lock screen and in a dedicated, separate mailbox. Sharing photos or videos from within Mail is finally here too, as are per-account signatures.

Photo sharing is more selective

Instead of sharing everything with everyone, you can choose which photos should be shared with which people.

Siri has been improved

Siri has become much more knowledgable. The demo showed it understanding questions about sports scores, statistics and trivia, booking restaurants and even finding out what’s worth seeing at the cinema. Local search is being rolled out worldwide, however, and there’s support for more languages. But what’s cool is…

Siri to the iPad

But only the new iPad.

Facebook integration

Apple promises “the best Facebook integration ever in a mobile device”, and to our eyes it looks pretty much the same as iOS 5’s Twitter integration: you can post photos, locations, URLs and so on to annoy your friends.

Maps app

It’s pretty, will have traffic information, doubles as a sat-nav system with turn-by-turn navigation, can be controlled via Siri and will probably be useless outside major metropolitan areas in the UK.The new Flyover 3D views of major cities are cool.

September 17, 2012

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