What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

Cult of Mac speculates about what to expect in Apple's upcoming version of iOS.

Apple’s unveiling of its next major operating system, iOS 6, is right around the corner. Scott Forstall and Co. are expected to announce the new OS to developers at WWDC next week. Very little is actually known about iOS 6, but there have been some rumors that made headlines over the last few months.

iOS 6 looks to be an evolutionary upgrade from iOS 5, rather than a revolutionary jump forward. Here’s what we expect to see.

Probably Happening

Google Maps kicked to the curb: Many publications have been beating the drum on this rumor, and at this point it would downright shocking for Apple to not unveil its own Maps app. Instead of Google’s backend, expect the new Maps to be made from the ground up by Apple.

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

A mockup of the new Maps running on the new iPhone. (via http://vrge.co/KsZgPd)

New coat of paint: Expect iOS 6 to sport a more metallic color scheme. Less blue and more sliver. This year’s WWDC app is a good indication of what iOS 6 will probably look like.

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

Looking good. (via http://vrge.co/KsZgPd)

Facebook integration: Not only did Tim Cook himself say to “stay tuned” for more involvement between Apple and Facebook, but multiple reports have said that Facebook integration is definitely coming to iOS 6. Expect the integration to work much like Twitter does currently.

A better Siri: Siri is smart, but she could be much smarter. Cook recently acknowledged that Siri has room to grow, and he said that Apple has big plans in the coming months for the digital assistant. Third-party API access for app integration would be a good start.

Safari omnibar: It’s an address and search bar combined into one! OS X Mountain Lion will be bringing this feature to the Mac as well.

“Do Not Disturb” setting for Notification Center:  We also think that iOS 6 will feature Notification Center improvements, including a Do Not Disturb toggle. When you flip it, all incoming notifications will be automatically hidden. Expect it to look something like this:

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

The "BannerDisable" jailbreak tweak.

iCloud tabbed browsing: The tabs you have open on your Mac will be synced wirelessly to your iOS devices, and vice versa. iCloud already syncs your Safari bookmarks between devices.

Enhanced Mail app: Some more features from the Mac client should carry over, like VIPs and (hopefully) multiple signatures.

Maybe Happening

A whole lot more iCloud: OS X Mountain Lion lets you save a file directly to iCloud, and it would be nice to see that sort of integration happen in iOS 6. Beyond iCloud tabbed browsing, we’d like to see more third-party apps offer the ability to save documents and files to iCloud directly. Sharing between apps could also be dramatically improved.

Totally revamped stock apps: There are whispers saying that iOS 6 will be less of a design overhaul and more of an app-focused upgrade. Essentially, you wouldn’t really notice a difference between iOS 5 and 6 until you start opening stock apps. Apple could redo many of its default iOS applications, and maybe introduce a couple more surprises as well.

Siri for iPad: We’ve been skeptical about Apple bringing Siri to the iPad before, but some are saying that the digital assistant is indeed coming to Apple’s tablet in iOS 6. We’re not sure what Siri on the iPad would look like exactly, and she will probably be only available on newer iPad models.

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

A Siri for iPad mockup. (via http://bit.ly/LaFBRb)

Widgets: While many would love to see Apple introduce some sort of third-party widget platform for Notification Center, we’re not so sure. It could happen, but it’s just as likely that Apple could beef up its own widget offerings. Something besides Weather and Stocks would be nice.

What We Expect To See In iOS 6 Today At WWDC 2012 [Feature]

Booooring.

There you have it! That’s what Cult of Mac expects to see in iOS 6. Not much to go on, but rumors are unusually quiet regarding the upcoming OS. That means everything will be all the more interesting when Apple execs take the stage at the Moscone Center on Monday. Stay tuned for a ton of news during WWDC next week.

In the meantime, what are you most looking forward to in iOS 6?

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  • Johan Rolwen

    Good panorama of what we know and what we want! (: 

    Lets just wait and see what we’ll get. 
  • Tallest_Skil

    Less blue and more “sliver”, huh?

    Here’s what we ought to see:
    • A new Maps app, designed by either Apple or Google. Don’t expect auto-updating, spoken turn-by turn.
    • Siri API. We better darn well see a Siri API for third-party apps. As well as Siri expansion within Apple apps.
    • Facebook. No worse than Twitter. Not forced. Obviously.
    And that’s really all anyone should expect. Everything else will be icing on the cake, but even these three probably won’t happen in a way anyone is expecting.

    You’ll all be disappointed and whine about it, is what I’m getting at. Happens every single event. Delicious.
  • Mach1nations

    Would be nice to be able to add attachments from within email, maybe even multiple attachments! C’mon Apple, PLEASE, this is WAAAY overdue.

  • unoJacko

    what i most expect?

    nothing special, but i am looking forward to Apple Map.
    i am a direction illiterate. :(
  • FriarNurgle

    I’d like the ability to delete or at least hide unused standard apps. Mirroring with the Apple TV would be nice too.

  • vanmacguy

    I’d like to see some customization of the home screen too. Which would fit in with Widgets.

  • GaroJr

    I would like to see an “undo” feature- there have been too many situations where I’ve deleted a lot of text or rearranged text on a page in Apple’s native apps (Mail, Notes, etc.) and had no choice but to retype everything when I changed my mind.

  • Demonstr8r

    Don’t expect to see Apple open up SIRI API to all 3rd party developers in iOS 6. Apple will extend SIRI in terms of features and iPad support, maybe even remove the beta label from SIRI, but there is little to no chance that Apple will open up the API until they have done a lot more to perfect it first.

    Being able to easily attach photos and documents when sending or replying to email would be a welcomed addition. Strikethrough formatting for sending and replying to email would be welcomed as well.

    While a small percentage of the iPhone users do business in multiple countries, I do; therefore, I’d like to see a widget for the notification center that displays clocks for various countries so I don’t have to leave the current app, find the clock, open the app, switch tabs, etc. For example, this would be helpful while I’m already in the phone, messages, calendar or email apps.

    I also want the “missing” apps for the iPad, such as weather, stocks, calculator, clock.

    Personally, I couldn’t care less about Twitter and Facebook integration, thus I’m fine with these as long as I can disable them; otherwise the list of actions is too long and distracting.

    The omnibar will be a welcomed addition, especially on the iPhone, as long as it is still easy to search on the current page.

  • Demonstr8r

    I’d like the ability to delete or at least hide unused standard apps. Mirroring with the Apple TV would be nice too.

    You can already do this with most core apps, expect newsstand, by simply creating a folder for unused apps. Not perfect, but unlikely that Apple will waste time on such a “feature”.

  • ApplePr0n

    I’m hooping that iOS 6 is a large upgrade just like iOS 5 was. I love my iPhone anc hope tha lt the only update isn’t Apple Maps and some color changes

  • appledrunk1

    Apple’s Maps implementation will be a highlight for sure, but I’m thinking there’s going to be some big changes that we have yet to hear any rumours on. Only 4 days to go now! We’ll know all very soon. 

    If anyone wants to install the iOS 6 beta that will be released on Monday without paying for a full developer account:
  • lowtolerance

    I would like to see an “undo” feature- there have been too many situations where I’ve deleted a lot of text or rearranged text on a page in Apple’s native apps (Mail, Notes, etc.) and had no choice but to retype everything when I changed my mind.

    iOS has had an “undo” feature since 3.0. 

    Just shake your phone!
  • lowtolerance

    Don’t expect to see Apple open up SIRI API to all 3rd party developers in iOS 6. Apple will extend SIRI in terms of features and iPad support, maybe even remove the beta label from SIRI, but there is little to no chance that Apple will open up the API until they have done a lot more to perfect it first. 

    There’s no way Siri is coming out of beta this soon, certainly not before some rudimentary API comes along. Apple is going to want Siri in the hands of as many users as feasible(potentially hundreds of millions of users) in order to improve Siri’s natural language recognition. Data from a single device is nowhere remotely near enough information for Apple to evolve Siri into a complete product.

    Opening up Siri to 3rd party developers, on the other hand, would expose Siri to a much broader range of vocabulary and usage patterns, which will inevitably lead to flaky responses from Siri for quite some time while the system learns and algorithms get revised. It would only make sense for Apple to do this while Siri is still in beta status.
  • JaredABurnett

    I would love to see native Quick Reply integration like the service BiteSMS offers and possibly Siri on older devices (the latter probably won’t happen).

  • Ernie Carbone

    It sure would be nice to be able to insert a flash card in the camera connection kit and be able to browse and open image and movie files without copying them to the device. (without jailbreaking)

  • ThenDougSaid

    Delta updates for apps! This would be a godsend for updating on the go.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I would like to see an “undo” feature- there have been too many situations where I’ve deleted a lot of text or rearranged text on a page in Apple’s native apps (Mail, Notes, etc.) and had no choice but to retype everything when I changed my mind.

    … Shake your device.

  • jfc123

    Its a small change but being able to add a signiture to every txt message would be nice

  • stueee123

    Delta updates for apps! This would be a godsend for updating on the go.

    That was introduced in ios 5 actually

  • Emir Jo Al-Kafagi

    Weather for iPad PLEASE!!!! :(

  • John Howell

    It would be nice if they also brought music and videos back together into one player on the ipad and iphone, and fix the issues with broken cover art synching (has broken 2 or three times for me on my phone)

  • prawnfiesta

    For me, I can’t wait for Siri on the iPad. It will be a lot of fun. If its only for 3rd gens, it will be even more so a special experience for me huh?

  • Michael Dalessandro II

    More enterprise features and support.  It is the only 1 up that BB has on iPhone.

  • Wilmink

    Easy accesable BlueTooth switch.

  • TheRealJTRay

    All very nice, but I agree an undo feature would be great.

  • David Edwards

    New backgrounds. iOS 4 & 5 had the water drop background standard, the same background as the iOS 4/5 icon.  Since the background of the icon on the banner is different, I’m expecting new standard backgrounds.  The curent ones are getting old.

  • Andrew John

    Its a small change but being able to add a signiture to every txt message would be nice

    Try using a shortcut in settings/keyboard. Add a three letter combo like “sig” and the signature your assign to it will automatically appear.

  • Martin Dobson

    Hopefully they implement the user profiles on a family iPad. I’d also like to see a near field connection BT type feature where it will sense if my iPhone is near and automatically log me in… If added i could see this being implemented in to the MacOS as well… keychain has the option for so much more, I’d like for technology to know its me instead of always relying on stupid passwords where each website has a specific rule for the passwords they allow…

    Hopefully if they decide to do an iWallet then they’ll expand the ability of their Apple ID to include it as myID. Security would have to be top notch though, too sensitive of information could be stored in an iWallet/AppleID system

  • pongscript
    Delta updates for apps! This would be a godsend for updating on the go.

    That was introduced in ios 5 actually

    but i thought it was only applicable on the operating system update. because when i update apps, all still download same or larger size.

    i wish this will be granted:
    1. pass code for accessing apps, this could be useful when handing your device to kids. and rating hidding feature is just a mess, i mean it mess your screen when toggling it. icons previous position is not remembered.
    2. toggle center, just toggle bt, wifi, hotspot .. etc..
    3. toggle for 3g only connection, current auto toggle is just plain stupid. it automatically switch to edge even 3g have 2 bars.

  • yapakka

    What I really would like to see coming on a next iOS version is the possibility to lock the access to an app with a password. Or the possibility to create user profiles.

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  • Gabriel Martin

    Hmmmm…

    Almost ALL what you want is on ANDROID NOW…

    Check GALAXY NEXUS & GALAXY S3 (out of the box experience)…

    It has EVERYTHING YOU WANT & NEED and even MORE that you cannot think of!

    I had iphone 4s (jailbroken) but I sold it for GALAXY S3 & they world apart as the out of the box experience GALAXY S3 killed my iphone 4s (jailbroken) experience…

    I buy whatever has the best hardware & software in the market – not just the brand & the look…

  • ApplePr0n

    For me:
    1) Apple Maps with Turn by Turn nav
    2) Siri on iPad
    3) New UI
    4) weather for iPad
    5) New wallpapers (Live)
    6) iWallet
    7) 3rd party Siri support

  • saalokin

    Once more, underwhelming. Talking as a long time apple user, i think iOS needs a serious UI overhaul. I’m tired of the cluttered app interface. Some color changes aren’t a dealbreaker and why bother with new Maps?

    1) widgets in some form
    2) live wallpapers
    3) turn by turn navigation in maps
    4) facebook integration is welcome but meh..
    5) multitasking accessible from swipe up

  • sheetheadj

    Sounds like this WWDC is going to be a boring one for the iOS hopeful. Apple’s “innovation” appears to be slowing down. No revolution, only evolution – and as slowly as normally expected.  Everything is just having small tweaks and hardware resources thrown at it.  And this is coming from a fan and user of several of their products…

  • ApplePr0n
    I would like to see an “undo” feature- there have been too many situations where I’ve deleted a lot of text or rearranged text on a page in Apple’s native apps (Mail, Notes, etc.) and had no choice but to retype everything when I changed my mind.

    iOS has had an “undo” feature since 3.0. 

    Just shake your phone!

    Lol, that’s what I was thinking haha. It’s a little known feature that is pretty handy

  • jrb

    None of these things stand out as reasons for a major upgrade from 5.x  to 6.x. Apps are separate from the OS, and therefore shouldn’t be the reason for an upgrade.. So far from the interwebs it seems the real reason will be purely a matter of deprecating support for older devices – or should that be to force upgrades. 

  • Neil Paul Donal Almond

    Apple Store is down!!!!!!!!

  • Tallest_Skil

    None of these things stand out as reasons for a major upgrade from 5.x  to 6.x. Apps are separate from the OS, and therefore shouldn’t be the reason for an upgrade.

    You’re a complete idiot. These apps are all built into the OS. How stupid could you possibly get?

  • machapo

    Bluetooth printing so I can finally use my PoGo. No? 

    *sigh*
    I’ll wait for iOS 7 then…

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