New Apple iOS 6 Features: First Look

Today Apple is releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – iOS 6. It includes over 200 new and upgraded features. Here’s a look at some of the new apps and features you can expect.

Today Apple is releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – iOS 6. It includes over 200 new and upgraded features. Here’s a look at some of the new apps and features you can expect.


Apple has ditched Google Maps for its own in-house version. It includes vector-based 2D elements, 3D maps, turn-by-turn navigation, and traffic conditions. The Maps app is also compatible with Siri, which will tell you turn-by-turn directions during your driving. Fold the map up on the screen to access other handy features.

iOS 6 Street ViewFold up map options


Many tech pundits were critical of the fact the iPhone 5 doesn’t have NFC (near field communication) technology. It does, however, have something similar in its new Passbook app. It keeps digital versions of airline and movie tickets, coupons, loyalty, and gift cards all in one location.

Passbook iConPassport App

Facebook Integration

When iOS 5 was released, Apple optimized several of its apps for Twitter. This lets you tweet photos, web pages, and more from your device. Now, Facebook has been deeply integrated into iOS 6, so you can easily post the same type of content – including YouTube videos — to your wall. It’s integrated with Siri, too, so you can ask Siri to post on your Facebook wall for you.

Share on FacebookPost to Facebook

App Management

Isn’t it annoying to enter your Apple ID password to update installed apps on your iDevice? Well, the annoyance is gone in iOS 6. Also, when you download an app, you’re not kicked back to the Home Screen to watch it download. This may seem like a subtle change, but it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference. The App Store has an improved look and feels that makes it easier to navigate and find what you need.

iOS 6 MOG AppApp Store Categories

Also, your previously downloaded apps will be listed so you can find them easily in one place. After you download a new app to your device, the icon on the home screen will display a “New” banner across it.

iOS 6 Appl AppsNew Apps

Shared Photo Stream

While you were always able to share photos in various ways, now you can share entire photo streams with the people you want. Users can view the photos on their iDevice running iOS 6 or Mac running OS X Mountain Lion through the Photos app, iPhoto, and Apple TV when you share them. You can also take a picture and share it with a comment on the photo streams you create.

Share Photo StreamShare Photo to Stream

New YouTube App

Apple also ditched its Google YouTube app. But that loss is to YouTube and is your gain. The new YouTube app for iOS – available as a separate download — is a significant improvement over the dated one in iOS 5 from Apple.


Mail VIP

The Mail app now includes a VIP mailbox so you can get emails from your most important contacts in one place. It also lets you customize VIP notifications, so you never miss your important messages while on the go.

iOS 6 VIPVIP notification iOS 6

Siri, the virtual assistant service, was released last year with the iPhone 4S. Now it’s available on iPhone 5, the new iPod touch (5th generation), and the new iPad (3rd generation). It has been updated to work with more apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp. It will launch apps and bring you sports scores, movie listing,s and restaurant reviews. And it will be able to understand several more languages.

Apple Keynote Siri Announcement

This looks at just a few of the 200+ new features Apple is touting in iOS 6. We’ll be covering them in more detail over the next few weeks, so make sure to check back.

Do note that not every new feature will be available in all countries. Apple has posted the iOS 6 Feature Availability list. Choose a feature and see if it’s supported in your country.

What are your favorite new features? Leave a comment below and let us know.



  1. obionekenobi

    wow nothing new

    • Brian Burgess

      Yeah, there are some cool enhancements, but nothing “revolutionary” … I’ve been testing it out on my iPod touch (4th generation) and it runs rather doggy…I am sure the experience on newer hardware will be more fluid…looking forward to testing it out on my iPad 3 — will be the first device I can use Siri on.

  2. Sam

    Apple should have stayed with Google on the map app.

    • Steve Krause

      Hi Sam. Yeah, I’m not that crazy about it myself but I’m guessing mapping is going to be deeply integrated into the business soon including things like Yelp is doing

      Apple obviously doesn’t want to be left out.

      • Sam

        Hey Steve. Although this will be awesome as soon as the kinks are all worked out, there should have been a longer testing period before releasing this operating system. I wonder if a multitude of people will miss the public transport option.

        • Steve Krause

          Agreed 100%. Apple should not have replaced a superior product until it was as good or better.

          My guess is Google will release a stand-alone app shortly…… I hope. :)

          • Bogdan Bele

            It would be fun if Google would just say “you didn’t want it, now we’ll let your users get mad at you” :)

          • Steve Krause

            And oh btw — if you get an Android you can have it back ;)

          • Bogdan Bele

            That’s probably the message Apple wants to send out to its users. “If you want a proper Maps app, get an Android device” :)

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