Apple Maps on Apple products (Photo : Apple)
Apple's iOS 6 should be hitting its mobile devices soon. The Cupertino company is expected to make an announcement on September 12 revealing a new line of Apple products including the iPhone 5, an iPad Mini, and new iPods that will most likely launch with the iOS 6. If you're wondering what the big features are in iOS 6 that aren't in iOS 5, here they are.
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First off, there will be a couple staples missing from the iOS 6 that all iOS users have come to know and use. Google Maps and YouTube will no longer come as stock iOS 6 apps.
Google Maps will instead be replaced by Apple's own Apple Maps app. Apple Maps promises to provide a more in-depth 3-D map experience, and initial previews state that it feels similar to Google Maps, which is a good thing for everyone used to it.
Youtube has stated that they are working on their own app for the iOS 6. It will probably be more robust and more constantly updated than when Apple simply plugged a YouTube browser in their iOS and called it a day.
Siri should also be more advanced. If you're a fan of using Apple's voice assistant, your experience now will be more accurate and smoother. Siri will understand more languages than before and will also debut on Apple's latest iPad. You can now pull up baseball card-stats for sports players, and with Open Table integration, you can now make reservations directly.
Apple will also introduce Facebook integration into iOS 6. Much like the way Twitter was integrated in iOS 5, Apple hopes this will make sharing much easier. Photos, emails, media files, these will all be just a tap away from being on your friend's walls or inboxes.
Passbook will be another new app introduced with the iOS 6. This will consolidate movie tickets, loyalty cards, coupons, boarding passes and more into a kind of digital wallet. It's Apple's first move into the realm of a payment system to rival Google Wallet and other digital payment apps.
If you like using Facetime, things just got a little easier with iOS 6. In Apple's next iOS, Facetime will work over cellular networks, even allowing you to use your phone number on the iPad to make a call.
There are plenty of other new features in iOS 6, like a smoother interface experience, improved call and text functions, and the ability to use iCloud to help locate your lost iPhone.
Overall, the iOS 6 will deliver a solid experience that we have all come to know and expect from Apple. Perennial iOS users will feel at home, and find that certain things like sharing and using Siri just got a lot easier. It's a great step forward, and should please anybody is an iOS fan.
Are you excited about the iOS 6, or would you have liked some more features added? If so, which ones?