Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality. Say Launch Flight Tracker or Open Angry Birds and Siri does just that. Never miss another birthday or get-together, since Facebook events are integrated into Calendar. Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Redesigned with a more streamlined interface for easier reading and writing, Mail in i OS 6 lets you set up a VIP list so youll never miss an important message from your accountant, your boss, or your BFF.
You can also use Siri to post Facebook updates and tweet for you. And your Facebook friends profile information is integrated into Contacts, so when they update an email address or phone number you automatically stay up to date. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and theyre on their way. Now when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. Its even easier to add photos and videos to email messages. i OS 6 brings even better web browsing to your i Phone, i Pad, and i Pod touch.
This is in stark contrast to rival smartphones introduced alongside it just over three years ago: the entire range of Windows Mobile 6.x devices, Palm's web OS Pre and Pixi, RIM's Blackberry 5.x lineup and all hardware running Google's Android 2.0 Eclair are not just unsupported today by those platforms' latest releases, but were in all cases not even supported through the first two years' contract life of those devices.
That situation isn't changing either, with Google, Microsoft and RIM's platforms all gearing up to provide their new releases exclusively on new devices., while "the i Phone 3GS actually gets most of the new OS's tweaks and refinements," it found that "the new features also don't slow the phone down appreciably." That's an improvement over Apple's previous releases of backward support.
Maps takes a whole new turn Beautifully designed from the ground up (and the sky down), Maps changes the way you see the world.
Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed even when you zoom all the way in and panning is smooth. Now ask even more of Siri With i OS 6, Siri understands more languages and works in more countries.2 So you can get more things done in more places around the world. Siri can show you the latest reviews and showtimes and help you purchase tickets.
i OS 4 was particularly notorious for heaping too much on the plate of previous devices, resulting in many users complaining that they were better off not upgrading.
Since then, Apple appears to have worked hard to keep older devices from being negatively impacted by new software updates, paring down backwardly supported features when necessary.
If the folks you're sharing with arent using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web. Passbook keeps your boarding passes, loyalty cards, retail coupons, movie tickets, and more all in one place on your i Phone or i Pod touch. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card. Face Time now works over cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, so you can make and receive Face Time calls wherever you happen to be.3 You can even make and receive Face Time calls on your i Pad using your phone number. When you really want to see the whole picture, turn your i Phone or i Pod touch to landscape and tap the full-screen icon to view web pages without distractions. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content.
People can like individual photos and make comments. Wake your i Phone or i Pod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon. That means you can use Face Time wherever you are, on any device. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an i OS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.
Friends using i Cloud on an i OS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or i Photo. The barcode on the pass is scanned, and just like that, youve checked in for a flight, earned loyalty points, or redeemed a coupon. And when things are just too hectic, turn on Do Not Disturb and you wont be bothered by anyone except cant-miss contacts like your boss or your better half. And to refresh your mailboxes, all you have to do is swipe down. i Cloud 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.
You can even view Shared Photo Streams on Apple TV. You can add passes to Passbook through apps, Mail messages, and websites from participating airlines, stores, theaters, and more. Safari now saves web pages not just links in your Reading List, so you can catch up on your reading even when you cant connect to the Internet.4 And when youre posting a photo or video to e Bay, Craigslist, or another site, you can take photos and video or choose from your Camera Roll without leaving Safari. i OS 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 i OS devices.
"i OS 6 doesn't make the i Phone 3GS any slower or more difficult to use than it was before," observed, "which should be good news to anyone who keeps theirs around as a secondary or backup phoneindeed, it's pleasantly surprising how many of the refinements and improvements make their way down to Apple's oldest-supported piece of i OS hardware." Apple's three and counting years of software support for the i Phone 3GS is the longest run of any i OS device, and far longer than other smartphone platforms.