One of the most important announcements today (well let’s get real, there were only three) was Apple’s reveal of their next gen mobile OS, iOS 6. As the title suggests, and as the trend continues, the new operating system will feature over 200 new features. Because everybody loves new features, right? And unsurprisingly, although the OS looks very much the same, it also looks very different. This is obviously because of those 200 brand spanking new features that make new Apple products so delectable. Here are three of the most important new features that the new software will come preloaded with:
Siri Here, Siri There, Siri Everywhere!
Yes, Apple will be unloading it’s new Siri technology onto the iPad (finally). But wait- there’s more! It also comes with support for sports (stats, player info, game updates, etc), restaurant ratings sorted by rating (which it should have done from the beginning), and the ability to make reservations straight from the software itself. Also, Siri can now launch Apps, which will likely make life a lot easier for a lot of people. And as expected, you can do a lot more than just that with the new (and hopefully better functioning) Siri.
Three Dimensional Maps (No Google Required)
Apple has killed off their last Google-required entity, Google Maps with iOS 6 and put out their own version. And to be completely honest, it’s stunning. No, really. The new Maps app is finally three dimensional, and gives a lot of life, depth, and reality to the simple desire/need of finding out where to go and how to get there. And since all images are vector images, it’s assured that zooming in on things won’t cause the world to look like a steaming blurry pile of crap.
Did you Bring your Passbook?
We all forget important stuff. It’s natural, and it’s human. But, like anything else, we’ve found a way to make us more reliable on technology for remembering things for us instead! Apple has included a new App in iOS 6 called “Passbook”- and yes, it is exactly what it sounds like. Tickets, cards, boarding passes, coupons. It’s all there, black and white, clear as crystal. And the device manages it all for you (neat, huh?)
Along with these three big new features, and over 200 other ones, Apple has finally stepped up to the plate and integrated Facebook access into the OS, making it even easier to post your bumfuck drunk statuses, and like your ex girlfriend’s pictures to piss off her new deadbeat boyfriend. Per request, FaceTime will be making a cellular jump, now available over the network, so that you can have those intimate and beautiful conversations with your wife, kids, parents, and cats without the need of a nearby WiFi network (does that mean I can now FaceTime and drive?). It’s also worth mentioning that Apple has added syncable Safari information via iCloud, meaning that anything and everything (even your web history… where’s Safari incognito mode?) is going to be available on all your devices. Well, if you want them to, that is.
iOS 6 launches this fall, and the developer beta is available today, so if you’re a curious little twat who had your rich daddy buy you a developer account just so you can try out unreleased software, today is your day.