Today was wwdc 2012 and Apple (AAPL) definitely made some noise about their newest version of iOS. Is it truly revolutionary, or is apple just catching up with the competition? Check out the features and decide for yourself.
Siri: Apple has updated siri with a slew of new features.
- Siri can now open up applications (such as music or the calendar)
- Siri can now tweet and post to Facebook
- ‘She’ is now integrated with Yelp and OpenTable for reviews
- She can now speak multiple languages (changes with the language setting)
- Hands free integration in multiple car systems
- Officially coming to the new iPad
Native Apps and Enhancements: The phone app can remind you to call/text someone back. “Do not disturb” mode has been added. This just allows you to get messages and calls, but the device will not vibrate and the screen will not turn on. FaceTime can finally be used over cellular (on your cell service instead of Wifi)
Facebook Integration: This has been a feature added in the first iterations of android 2.0 and it’s finally come to iOS. Siri and multiple of the native iOS applications can now let you update your Facebook status from inside that app instead of having to use the Facebook app. iOS 5 added twitter integration, but people weren’t happy about the lack of Facebook support, so it’s definitely a welcome feature.
- Safari is now following in the footsteps of Opera, Firefox, and Chrome by adding the feature to sync everything over iCloud, so you can have bookmarks, and offline reading lists synced between your phone, iPad, and iMac.
- Safari also added the feature to add an “app banner”. If you go to a specific website that has an app in the app store, then you just touch the banner, and it’ll open up the app/ direct you to the app store page for it.
Photos: They’ve added a photo-sharing system over iCloud, so you and your friends can comment, like or chat about different photos. It’s sorta like Path, but just for photos.
Passbook: Apple added this as a native iOS app. Passbook is supposed to help you find movie tickets, sport game tickets, concert tickets and every type of ticket you could imagine. All you have to do, is purchase a ticket through the app, and flash your iPhone to the guy at the front and have him scan it. They have the option for a barcode or QR code depending on your preference.
Maps: This is Apple’s biggest selling point of iOS 6. They’ve scrapped Google Maps and have now made their own version with turn by turn directions, 3D maps, Yelp integration, and siri integration. On stage it looked like the 3D rendering happened lightning fast, but that was an animation, so we’ll have to wait to see whether the iPhone is capable to do that.