After a blockbuster iPhone5 and iPod launch, Apple is back with a bang with this time though not with a device but a richer and faster iOS 6 update.
When Apple announced the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 a week ago, it also said that the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, and new iPad will all also run the iOS 6 operating system. If you have any one of those devices, you can update by going into Settings > General > Software Update.
iOS 6 boasts of 200 new features for free that supposedly make the iOS devices far more pleasurable and convenient to use.
Maps:One of the biggest update of iOS 6 is the maps which have got a complete makeover. With a new design, turn-by-turn spoken navigation (for devices with Siri) and 3D "Flyover" mode; Apple is now , which means among other things that if you want transit directions, you'll need to download a separate app.
Siri:Say hello to new and improved Siri with the latest update. With iOS 6, Siri understands more languages and can give answers to your movie, sports and restaurants related queries as well. It can also now post to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
A new interesting addition to Siri is ‘Eyes Free’. Apple is working with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into select voice control systems. Through the voice command button on your steering wheel, you'll be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road.
Facebook& Twitter Integration: Your Facebook account, like your Twitter account, can now be integrated directly into the OS, so that you can share photos and webpages directly to your profile from most anywhere on the phone.
Passbook:iOS 6 also gets Passbook a new built-in e-tickets app, enabling you to carry electronic tickets for anything from sports events to plane travel, or to have a digital loyalty card.
Photo Stream: Users can now selectively share photos with a bunch of people with shared photo stream. If your friends and family are using Photos app or iPhoto, they will get the shared photos instantly in the apps, while the non-iOS/ Mac device users will be able to see them on web.
Lost Mode: iOS 6 and iCloud now offer Lost mode that makes locating your lost iPhone or iPad even easier. If somebody finds your iPhone or iPad and is willing to return it back, they can call from the locked screen right away without getting access to your data. This also means that you can track your device using the Find My iPhone app.
Do Not Disturb: The Phone app has received a pretty cool update, including a Do Not Disturb feature that will silence all notifications while it's on. You will still get them, your phone just won't make noise or light up when you get them.
Other key updates to iOS6 are:
VIP email inbox
Redesigned app store
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