Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Phone

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

The Phone app has remained relatively unchanged since its debut on the original iPhone back in 2007. It’s had a new icon since then, and a few smaller features, but that’s pretty much it. In iOS 6, there are a number of new features you’ll love.

Reply with message

Can’t take a call right away, but don’t want to just ignore it? Well, in iOS 6, you can decline a call but send a message to your caller to explain why you couldn’t take it. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the display during an incoming call, then select ‘Reply with Message’. There are three default messages you can send instantly, or you can write your own.

Reminders

The problem I have when I can’t take calls is that I decline them, but then forget I ever received them. In iOS 6, you can ask your iPhone to remind you of a call later on, so that you can return it at a more appropriate time. What’s more, the reminders can be location-based, so you can ask to receive them when you leave work, or when you get home.

FaceTime

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

FaceTime over cellular

In iOS 6, FaceTime no longer requires a Wi-Fi connection. Finally! You can now make FaceTime calls to friends and family over 3G and 4G data connections, though you will need to ensure your carrier supports this feature, and you’ll need to be aware that some (such as AT&T) are charging extra for it.

Camera

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Panorama

Remember that panoramic camera feature that’s been hidden in iOS since iOS 5? Well, in iOS 6, it’s finally been activated, and it’s available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. The feature allows you to capture incredible panoramas, with one simple sweeping motion. It then seamlessly stitches all of the images together to create one high-resolution image up to 28 megapixels in size.

Privacy

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

There are new privacy settings built into iOS 6 that help you keep your private data private. Whenever you open an app for the first time, your device will ask for your permission if it attempts to access your photos, your location, your contacts, and more. You can also modify these choices from within the new privacy menu within the Settings app.

In here, you’ll also be able to see which apps have access to your calendars, your Reminders, and your Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Facebook Integration

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Like Twitter, Facebook is now integrated into iOS, meaning you can post to your favorite social network from all sorts of places. You can post messages using the post button within Notification Center, you can upload photos directly from within your Camera Roll, you can post webpages and links from within Safari, you can post your favorite apps from the App Store, you can post your location from Maps, and lots more.

Shared Photo Streams

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Want to share your holiday snaps with your friends? In iOS 6, you can create Photo Streams that can be shared among other users. All you need to do is select all the photos you wish to share from the Photos apps, tap the Share button, then choose who you’d like to share your images with. Your friends will then receive the images on their own Macs and iOS devices. If they don’t have a Mac or iOS device, then can view them in a web browser on any PC.

Comments & Notifications

The great thing about Shared Photo Streams is that the people you’ve shares your photos with can leave comments or ‘like’ them, and you’ll receive a notification to let you know.

Settings

There are a few great additions to the Settings app within iOS 6, starting with my favorite…

Do Not Disturb

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

While it’s only small, Do Not Disturb is probably one of my favorite features in iOS 6. I’ve been using it with the beta, and it’s been awesome. With Do Not Disturb enabled, your iOS device will automatically stop sending your notifications between certain times. For example, you can set it up to work from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., and during this time, your device won’t bother you with alerts. You can even ask it to block calls if you wish to, or to just allow calls from your favorites or certain groups of people.

When Do Not Disturb is active, you’ll see a little moon icon alongside the clock in the status bar, so it’s easy to see when it’s at work.

Wi-Fi Plus Cellular

You can now allow your iOS device to use “Wi-Fi Plus Cellular” connections. What that means is, when you’re in an area with a spotty or unreliable Wi-Fi connection, your iOS apps will automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections and provide you with the best one. This will be particularly useful with the iPhone 5’s speedy 4G LTE connectivity.

Live home screen previews

When changing your wallpaper within the Settings app, you’ll see a live preview of your home screen — complete with your own icons, and even your app badges — rather than a default home screen setup.

iMessage

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Unified email addresses & phone numbers

In iOS 6, iMessage rolls all your email addresses and phone numbers into one, so no matter which one your friends contact you on, you’ll receive the message on all your devices. Even your iPad and your Mac can now receive iMessages sent to your iPhone’s phone number — isn’t that great?

Other

Here’s a list of minor changes or improvements to iOS 6 that didn’t fit into any of the categories listed above. It’s worth taking a good look at these, because they’re likely to be the features you don’t notice straight away, but wish you had spotted them sooner. Some of them are particularly useful.

iCloud.com email addresses

When setting up a new iOS device with iOS 6, users will have the opportunity to choose an @iCloud.com email address rather than a traditional @me.com one.

Colorful status bars

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

Skype

The status bar on your iOS device is no longer limited to being just black or silver — it now changes color depending on the app you’re using. While in Skype, for example, it goes bright blue, while in the eBay app, it goes grey. You can see some more examples of this here.

Folder names in Spotlight

When searching for things in Spotlight, folder names will now appear alongside apps so that you can quickly see where they’ve been hidden.

Capital letter after quotes & Emoji

When you start or end a quote in iOS 6, the keyboard automatically switches to capital letters after the first and last quotation marks — you no longer need to hit shift and do it manually. Furthermore, if you add emoji after a sentence and you ended that sentence with a period, the keyboard will switch to capitals here, too.

New Emoji

While we’re talking Emoji, there are loads of new icons to enjoy in iOS 6.

Clock comes to iPad

iOS’s built-in Clock app is now available on the iPad, only it’s much bigger (obviously), and much more beautiful. Like the iPhone’s clock app, it allows you to set alarms and timers, and set up different clocks for different cities around the world.

Retina shutdown spinner

This is a small one, but I’m sure you’ll appreciate it. The spinning wheel you see when you shutdown your iOS device is now optimized for the Retina display — two years after the Retina display made its debut with the iPhone 4S.

iTunes Match streaming

You can now stream iTunes Match music to your iOS device with the Music app — you’re no longer forced to download it.

‘New’ app banners

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

When you install a new app, it will get a ‘new’ banner over its icon so it can quickly be identified as a new app on your home screen.

Reminders badges

Every Single Feature That Is New In iOS 6 [Mega-Guide]

The Reminders app now utilizes app badges when you have outstanding Reminders, making it easy to see from your home screen that you still have things to do.

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  • ddevito

    You need a revised article entitled “Every Single Feature that is new and NOT STOLEN from Android mega guide”

  • mikeloughran

    Will email addresses be changing from .me to .icloud? I saw this addressed by Apple a few months ago with one of the developer previews, but I haven’t heard anything on this since.

  • assyrianpride

    finally, somebody says when ios 6 is coming out.

  • mikeloughran

    Will email addresses be changing from .me to .icloud? I saw this addressed by Apple a few months ago with one of the developer previews, but I haven’t heard anything on this since.

    Never mind. I didn’t read the second page, which states that users will have the option to switch to @icloud for email

  • BTrumps

    Wi-Fi Plus Cellular was removed from the GM.

  • nourmoubayed

    in the “Retina shutdown spinner” section, you mean iPhone 4 instead of iPhone 4S

    Nice Article :)

  • raywongy

    What about the newly tweaked music player app?

  • dsburleson

    Retina shutdown pinwheel is fantastic. I’ve been bothered about it for years

  • jomo25

    Why does no one mention the new accessibility features? It potentially has the great side benefit of allowing one to let their toddler play games on their iOS devices without fear of sending random texts and emails!

  • perfectfaceforradio

    Any word on if Apple *finally* made Location Reminders, you know, *useful*?

    Can we select a reminder location *on a map*?
    Set a stretch of road (on a map) – Remind me to buy milk when going East on HWY 90? Remind me to buy cat food when going west on HWY 90?
    The ability to set our own geo-fence sizes?
    A pref to stop polling the GPS if we’re over an hour drive from the nearest location reminder location? (save some battery???)

    It’s been a year, I hope they spent at least a little time improving Reminders.

  • Gnosis Sophia

    Did u forget about the most important feature in my opinion? Or maybe, I got it wrong… “upload pictures or videos from safari”.

  • Alvern

    One feature you missed is setting a song from your library as an alarm.

  • bfizzzle

    SAFARI UPLOAD!

    how could you forget that?? long overdue feature.

  • chadman3000

    Will AirPlay mirroring be full-screen 16×9?

  • Mikael Hansen

    Why doesn’t anyone mention the big boost in batterylife?
    Is it just me? I’ve noticed about 20-40% lobger batterylife in iOS6 GM

  • Timothy Weaver

    Best new feature: Bluetooth toggle moved to front page of the Settings app.

  • zviivz

    Fantastic features but I still have one complain … Why can’t they change the weather icon to a dynamic one to reflect the local weather? It’s not always 73 degrees and sunny!

  • KarimRonaldo11

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  • nthnm

    in the “Retina shutdown spinner” section, you mean iPhone 4 instead of iPhone 4S

    Nice Article :)

    I didn’t think the iPhone 4 had a retina screen…

  • ddevito

    how many of these were ripped off from Jelly Bean? Wholesale ripped off. :p

  • Marco Mazzola

    Why is there no junk mail filter still? I like VIP but I will still be seeing the myriad of crap emails in my inbox that my computer filters out because Mail has filters. How hard would it be to port that to iOS?

  • Eric Kuzma

    I thought there were over 200 new features

  • Eliijah Moss

    Should I update my iPad 3 to IOS 6 tomorrow, or is it better to do it on a pc? Please let me know anyone… I don’t want anything bad to happen to my iPad.

  • Jonathan Ober

    Finding draft emails is a pain if you have a lot of email accounts. Sometimes you forget which account you used to compost it, then you have to find the drafts folder for that account to locate it. But in iOS 6, there’s a quick and easy shortcut that takes you to every draft email you have — simply tap and hold the compose button until they appear.
    Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/191190/every-single-feature-that-is-new-in-ios-6-mega-guide/#sWrem03SPHPxhIVJ.99 — I hate when I am compost-ing a draft :P

  • technochick

    Should I update my iPad 3 to IOS 6 tomorrow, or is it better to do it on a pc? Please let me know anyone… I don’t want anything bad to happen to my iPad.

    doesnt matter how you do it, the risk of something going wrong is the same. be sure you have a back up of your stuff. and a clean sync. OS updates are a prime time for corrupted software data to bork your devices. i tend to use these major updates as a good time to wipe my stuff and set it up totally clean and new.

  • ddevito
    how many of these were ripped off from Jelly Bean? Wholesale ripped off. :p

    Ummmmmmm, none! That’s what google and samsuck do. I can give you a billion reasons why you’re wrong, again. I’m starting to pity you and your feeble little brain, trying to deal with the emotions of being a supporter of second rate stuff. Sadly For you, you won’t find any self esteem here champ. Get some help, please. You desperately need it.

    Okay, here’s the list:

    1. Maps – every amazing feature they tried to create in Maps is a direct rip-off of Google Maps. Sad thing is that iOS Maps sucks. They don’t have a tenth of the detailed data needed for this type of app. Epic fail here.

    2. Safari and Tab Syncing – gee, sounds a lot like what Chrome has. Rip-off in the worst way.

    3. Facebook integration – not only did the copy this, but they still won’t allow 3rd party data sharing. Pathetic. Sad really.

    4. Quick Reply – yup – another shameless ripoff – Android’s had this from day one.

    5. Facetime over cellular – yup Android’s had this forever. What’s sad is that with Google+ Hangouts you can chat with up to 9 people. Kudos Apple for making this useless now that it’s 2012. Cheers.

    6. Passbook – my personal iOS 6 fav – seriously what the hell can you do with this? This is so bad I might not consider this a ripoff but they TRIED ripping off Google wallet. No NFC either, total failure.

    7. Email “VIP” – yeah it’s called Priority Inbox in GMail and it’s been around for years.

    And my personal fav:

    Fragmentation – diff screen sizes, diff apps for diff devices (Siri, flyover turn-by-turn, etc not being available on all iOS devices. Yeah, sure sounds like the word the iFanboys toss around to Android fans. Amazing.

    have fun with your longer iPhone 4s. iPhone 4SS

  • ddevito

    Fantastic features but I still have one complain … Why can’t they change the weather icon to a dynamic one to reflect the local weather? It’s not always 73 degrees and sunny!

    easy – because Apple won’t create widgets. Widgets are useful and can give tons of data. I suspect they don’t do it because it will either:

    1. force them to change others to match

    and/or

    2. it wouldn’t be the true consistent zen-like experience you fanatics rave about.

  • Themetris

    Ah can’t wait!!!

  • dad2ways

    Why is the iPhone 3GS included in this update and the generation one iPad left out? All of the hardware in the iPhone 4 was introduced in that first generation iPad the only upgrade the iPhone 4 received was the Retina display. I know Apple may be trying to force the remaining original owners to finally purchase a new iPad, but come on, we all heard Tim Cook say they sold 70 million New iPads in the first 90 days of sales. How many more can they sale by trying to force me to make the purchase I already want to make but can’t afford. I never get to use my first gen iPad because my kids are always playing Minecraft on it. I have gone back to college and will be spending my student loan surplus money on a Retina display MacBook pro before I do third gen iPad. I love using an iPad, but the reality is I can’t type term papers anywhere near as fast as I can on a MacBook Pro and I can’t edit video from outside sources either. Sorry Tim spitefully cutting my original iPad out of the party isn’t going to force me to run out and buy a New iPad today. Would put me months behind my MacBook purchase.

  • dad2ways

    I am eagerly awaiting the release of iOS 6 today. But, what perplexes me is why my generation one iPad is left out of the party. Does Apple think that by doing so they will force me to finally purchase the third generation iPad I am already dying to buy because I don’t even know if my original iPad exists anymore. Ever since the release of Minecraft all three of my kids can’t seem to find enough reasons to use my iPad.

    I recently returned to college and had to purchase a Kindle fire, so that I could save money by purchasing digital versions of my textbooks and couldn’t quite afford to purchase a new iPad. My wife’s company purchased her a second generation iPad about six months before the release of the third generation iPads and when it is at home the kids use it too, so they can gang up on the hoards of creepers and other nasty things waiting to ruin your day in this build it yourself graphic universe that is a throwback to the days DOOM!.

    My wife and I both like the iPad screen for reading eBooks on, but its size is not conducive to the long reading sessions required for textbook reading demanded for college courses. Sitting for hours in a comfy chair holding my first generation iPad in its Otterbox Defendor case gets really tiresome to hold after about an hour and impossible when I have to do it for three or four hours at a time on a regular basis. The smaller and much lighter form factor of an eReader fits the bill much better. The only problem is my wife fell in love with the form factor too and began to compete with me for time on it because she loves to sit for hours on end and read. So, I bought a Google Nexus 7 and gave her the Kindle Fire putting the purchase of a third generation iPad or the new Retina Display MacBook Pro a little farther off into the future.

    But why should these decisions make my experiencing iOS 6 on an iPad something I have to wait for. The iPhone 3GS is getting the upgrade and my first generation iPad has more advanced hardware than it does. The iPhone 4 is getting it and my iPad introduced all of the technology, except for the Retina display, that it was rolled out with the following fall. So, why is Apple leaving my iPad out of the party? Is it a marketing ploy? Maybe, but I can’t see why. Tim Cook told us in the rollout event for the iPhone 5 that the third generation iPad has been so successful that we can officially declare the post-PC era has arrived. Apple sold over 70 million third generation iPads between April and June of this year.

    All of those first generation iPads are still working just fine and at quite usable speeds. Most original owners have already moved on to an iPad 2 or the New iPad. So, what could the most successful and most valuable company every on the planet’s ploy be for leaving the one product on the planet that may have launched the revolutionary shift in the way human beings relate to computing devices? You would think the device that got more non-computer users than ever to join the techno-interactive world the rest of have been living in en masse would be dragged along just out of a position of honor. If the 3GS that my 7 year old uses as highly capable iPod can join the IOS 6 party but my technically more advanced generation one iPad cannot there are some Apple execs that need to have the backs of the heads iSlapped and asked “What were you thinking?”

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  • dmin7b5

    For Passbook integration I found the following tutorial helpful…it worked for me!
    http://blog.jeff-owens.com/iphone/passbook/

  • Rey Manuel Calda

    RE Siri and email… Even with iOS6, and the new iPhone 5, Siri still won’t do email. We need true email inbox management that’s eyes-free and hands-free. There’s a smartphone app called Talkler —billed as “email for your ears.” It’s a free smartphone app that’s voice-controlled, and reads your emails aloud to you. There’s more info at Talkler.com

  • Rey Manuel Calda

    RE Siri and email… Even with iOS6, and the new iPhone 5, Siri still won’t do email. We need true email inbox management that’s eyes-free and hands-free. There’s a smartphone app called Talkler —billed as “email for your ears.” It’s a free smartphone app that’s voice-controlled, and reads your emails aloud to you. There’s more info at Talkler.com.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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