iOS 6! Another Disappointment from Apple (Updated)

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The dust has finally settled on the arrival of the iOS 6 and Apple’s new kid on the block (iPhone 5). After several weeks of leaked/rumoured images of the iPhone 5 and the features of the latest OS, Steve Jobs would be kicking the grounds on how Tim Cooks and co ruined the tradition of “Surprising the World” at the famous Apple Event.

Let’s get down to business.

What’s New?

Apple claims that this update contains over 200 new features, including the following:

  • Maps

Maps is a beautiful-looking app, with 3-D buildings and satellite imagery to rival anything in Google Earth. Turn-by-turn directions are provided by GPS industry leader TomTom.

  • Siri improvements

With iOS 6, Siri understands more languages and works in more countries.

  • Facebook integration

Now it’s easier than ever to interact with the world’s largest social network. And there’s no need to leave your app to do it. Share a photo to Facebook right from Camera or Photos. Post your location right from Maps. Brag about a high score right from Game Center. If you have your hands full, just ask Siri to post for you. You need to sign in to Facebook only once, and you’ll be off and sharing.

  • Shared Photo Streams

Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way. Friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. You can even view Shared Photo Streams on Apple TV. If the folks you’re sharing with aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web.

  • Passbook

Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way. Friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. You can even view Shared Photo Streams on Apple TV. If the folks you’re sharing with aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web.

  • FaceTime improvements

FaceTime now works over cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, so you can make and receive FaceTime calls wherever you happen to be.3 You can even make and receive FaceTime calls on your iPad using your phone number.

  • Phone improvements

iOS 6 adds new calling features to your iPhone. Now when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. And when things are just too hectic, turn on Do Not Disturb and you won’t be bothered by anyone — except can’t-miss contacts like your boss or your better half.

  • Mail improvements

Redesigned with a more streamlined interface for easier reading and writing, Mail in iOS 6 lets you set up a VIP list so you’ll never miss an important message from your accountant, your boss, or your BFF. It’s even easier to add photos and videos to email messages. And to refresh your mailboxes, all you have to do is swipe down.

  • Safari improvements

iOS 6 brings even better web browsing to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iCloud Tabs keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off, on whatever device is handy. Safari now saves web pages — not just links — in your Reading List, so you can catch up on your reading even when you can’t connect to the Internet.

  • App Store and iTunes Store improvements

iOS 6 brings a new kind of shopping experience to the redesigned iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore. See the best of what’s new in music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books at the top of each store’s home page. Browse with a swipe of your finger and tap to learn more.

  • Accessibility improvements

iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, Assistive Touch, and Zoom. And Apple is working with top manufacturers to introduce Made for iPhone hearing aids that will deliver a power-efficient, high-quality digital audio experience.

Observations:

After updating to the new iOS 6 and after several hours of playing around with it, the following underlisted were observed.

  1. With iOS 6, you can customize the signature for individual accounts (email). The issue we observed was editing and scrolling through each signature was rather clumsy.
  2. Apple failed to allow the integration of multiple accounts when using iTunes. You simply have to log in into each account.
  3. There was no option under ‘Contacts Info’ to directly add a contact’s email to VIP. Also we expected that the swipe to delete option for contact would have been added to iOS 6.
  4. Apple added an option for users to add photos and video to emails but failed to add formatting options such as Bold, Italics and co.
  5. Existing albums under ‘Photos’ can only be accessed under the photos menu. The only accessible album under ‘Albums’ is the Camera Roll.
  6. Emails under ‘VIP’ are not sorted.
  7. Restrictions ain’t working on iOS 6. Gave my iPad to a kid and wanted to restrict access to iTunes and avoid her deleting my app. To my amazement, she was able to delete my apps.
  8. Annoyingly, Apple seems to have forgotten to integrate its own apps “Pages” “Keynote” and “Numbers” with Safari. I tried opening some documents via Safari and was shocked to find out that Pages was not available.

Our Verdict:

Apple has yet again missed another opportunity of getting it right by adding some of the basic features which are available on other OS to theirs. Although Apple faithfuls won’t be too bothered as they have been bamboozed with box rather than the content of the box but for a new convert, it would be better to carry out a comparism test of the various devices and then make your choice.

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