By Raaj Datta (NVONews.Com)
To help Apple fans build up the drool before the launch this fall, Apple unveiled the details of the iOS 6 at the WWDC 2012 keynote address. Key features include a massively overhauled Siri, Facebook integration, and a major breakthrough in the mapping system. There are some dazzling and some less-discussed features in the iOS 6 which will make life so much easier. Let’s talk about them.
More of Siri
The most exciting of all is the arrival of Siri on the new iPad. With iOS 6, Siri takes a leap in its abilities to answer more questions from arenas like sports and movies, and that too in lot more languages. Siri can now guide you to the restaurant with your favourite cuisines and also make reservations for you.
The most fascinating addition is the integration of turn-by-turn directions in Maps and Siri with the Eyes Free feature. You couldn’t have asked for more from it. While driving, you will be able to talk to Siri without taking your eyes off the road, through the voice command button on your steering wheel. The iOS 6 device won’t even light up, to minimize distraction while getting your work done.
Siri will help you compose texts, post new tweets and Facebook status updates – all with the sound of your voice. Siri will even answer questions related to weather and stocks on the new iPad.
FaceTime will now work over cellular networks and Wi-Fi as well, enabling you to make or receive FaceTime calls almost anywhere. FaceTime will now allow users to see who’s making the call on your iPad using your phone number. A bit of Airplay and things could get really life-size!
New calling features
There are new exciting calling features iOS 6 adds to your phone. Whenever you can’t answer an incoming call, you will be asked to swipe up to reveal options – you can instantly reply with a text message, set a call-back reminder, but when extremely busy, send the call to voicemail. You can also add exceptions to ‘can’t-miss’ people on your contact list. There’s also a ‘Do Not Disturb’ option to reject all incoming calls and notifications, which you can enable manually or schedule a recurring time.
iOS 6 and iCloud now offer Lost mode that makes locating your lost iPhone or iPad even easier. You can use the Find My iPhone feature to immediately lock your missing iOS 6 device with a four-digit pass-code and send it a message displaying a contact number. 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.
All this while, you can track your device using the Find My iPhone app.
Spotlight search function
iOS 6 now makes the search easier with Apple’s Spotlight search function. Search will now specify the folder where each search result is located and not merely list all the docs, files or email with the keyword. A small function but it could actually speed up and ease your experience with an Apple device.
iOS 6 now comes with Guided Access to make it easier for people with disabilities get the most from their iOS 6 devices. Guided Access will allow a parent, teacher, or administrator to restrict the iOS device to just one function to help students with disabilities such as autism remain and focus on one task at a time.
VoiceOver, the screen reader, will now be integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.
Other small but important features that you may have missed include Game Center challenges, personal dictionary in iCloud, auto-correction for every keyboard, redesigned stores, and webpage saving feature to the reading list in Safari.