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iOS 6 Review

iOS 6 Review

iOS 6 is here, a few days ahead of the long awaited release of the iPhone 5. The new device, as well as any others that follow, will already have it installed for your convenience but you can also choose to update your current device, provided it is compatible, and since it doesn’t cost a thing you might as well update it and see what all the fuss is about. But is the buzz surrounding iOS 6 just needless hype or is it an improvement?

The answer lies somewhere in between. Certain areas of iOS 6 are undeniable improvements while a lot of other aspects are mere refinements. Apple haven’t revolutionised iOS so much as streamlined it but this is hardly a criticism because there is a lot to like about iOS 6 and the parts that are good are very good indeed.

One of the biggest changes is to the maps app, which has been changed completely from Google Maps to the brand new Apple Maps, which combines the technology and data from several different sources into a comprehensive whole, which is impressive as far as it goes. The main attraction here is the flyover feature that provides a 3D aerial view of London and other featured cities. Overall it works just as well as Google Maps and looks even better. It does feel somewhat incomplete at this stage but Apple will undoubtedly build on it as they go.

Siri has been vastly improved and even works alongside the Maps app to provide decent information for local businesses, before pointing you in the right direction. Siri responds better and has a wider range of abilities, such as opening an app when you say the name of it, to setting your alarm for you on demand. Siri provides a very useful and responsive shortcut for most functions your device can perform.

Facebook is integrated into the system more and can even be accessed and updated with Siri. Sharing photos and other things form your device to Facebook is a much more seamless process that does not require you to log in each time. Most useful of all is the ability to sync your device contacts with your Facebook contacts, which will tightly keep all your details up to date.

Passbook is another notable addition that aims to replace as many cards and coupons as possible by giving you an electronic version that appears on your screen and can be used with a simple swipe. While it can’t cover all the bases, and I’m not sure if it should to be honest, it does make processes such as accessing events and boarding at airports a lot quicker and more convenient. Tickets for many things are emailed in electronic form these days so it helps that we can use them directly that way.

With features like these and more, iOS 6 as a whole is a worthy update, if not the amazing one we anticipated, it still has a lot going for it and is recommended for any device you have that supports it. Not essential but worth having.

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