Maccast Members #136 - iOS 6 Features
V Getting the update
* Was released on the 19th.
* Get it by connecting your device to iTunes, select it from the Devices list, clicking the 'Check for Update' button in the Version section of the 'Summary' tab
* Over the Air. On the device go to Settings > General > Software Update
V Compatible with:
* iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and iPhone 5
* iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation
* iPad 2 and The new iPad
* Not all features work on all devices
V Maps
* Maps are using Apple's all new mapping system
* Satellite and 2D vector based maps.
* 3D mode. Pan, tilt and zoom
V Flyover. Texture mapped 3D buildings. Icon changes when it's available from 3D to a building icon
* Only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 or later, and iPod touch (5th generation)
V Traffic Maps
* Waze powered to get real time traffic data
* Can offer alternate routes
* Shows incidents and construction zones. Click to get details.
V Local search. Seems to be mostly powered by Yelp, might not be as robust as Google
* Get reviews and Photos in the maps app
* Directions, driving and walking. Public transit routes attempts to take you to the App Store
V Turn by Turn navigation
* Uses Tom Tom
* Siri enabled
* Large signs and arrows.
* Clean vector based images
* Available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 2 or later with cellular data capability
V Siri
* Available for the new iPad and on the 5th generation iPod Touch
* Sports. Schedules, standing, rosters, statistics, player bios
* Movies, movie times, actor and director information, trailers, reviews, find out if it's on iTunes
* Restaurants and make reservations, Yelp reviews, Open table reservations
* Post to twitter and Facebook.
* Launch apps
* Local search is now available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It’s also coming to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in October.
V Sharing updates
* Facebook and Twitter sharing are all over the place. Siri, Photos, Maps, Game Center, Notification center
* Can have Facebook events in Calendar and Facebook contacts in Contacts
* Facebook in the iTunes and App stores
V Photos
V Shared photo streams.
* Select the photos you want and share them publicly or with a set of friends and family
* Photos will show up in their streams on the Mac (iPhoto) in Mountain Lion or on iOS 6. Also on Apple TV
* people can leave comments and you can get notified. Commenting seems to only be available on iOS and in iPhoto?
* You can also view the photos online.
V Panorama
* Accessed from Camera > Options
* Tap and sweep phone to take a 240 degree pano
* It will work horizontal or vertical.
* Gives you a line and arrow as a guide.
* Software seems to operate and stitch in real time
* Creates a high res image up to 28 megapixels.
* Does a nice job. I get some "warping" even when I'm off just a little
* Available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation).
V Phone and Messaging
V Phone
* Swipe up on phone icon to show additional incoming call options
V Reply with Message or Remind me later options
* Remind can set up a time or location based reminder
V Reply lets you set a canned or custom SMS/iMessage.
* 'I'll call you later"
* "I'm on my way"
* "What's up"
V Messages
* iMessage is supposed to now integrate email addresses and phone numbers
* I have't experienced this in practice on the Mac (Mountain Lion) side. Maybe now that iOS 6 is here?
V FaceTime
* FaceTime over cellular. Requires iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability and a carrier data plan that supports it
V Do Not Disturb
* Settings > Do Not Disturb, manual toggle
V Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb to set a schedule.
* Set from and to time and turn scheduled time on/off
* Allow calls from certain people or groups
* Allow if you get a second call from same number within 3 minutes
* Messages still come in and are in notification center, but you don't get sounds, etc.
V Passbook
* Boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, pre-paid cards, sports tickets
* All in a single place. Will integrate with other apps.
* Prepaid cards can give you their balances right in Passbook
* Can use time and location to pop-up on your lock screen when needed
* Can also deliver status updates like gate changes or flight delays
V Mail
V VIP inbox
* can tap the name of a contact in the from filed and then get to the add to VIPs button
* will put a star icon next to their name in the from and to fields
* Adds messages from that person to the special VIP inbox
* Pull to refresh, complete with gooey icon animation
* Insert photos and video from the camera roll
* Tap and hold the compose button to quickly access any Draft messages
V Per account signatures
* Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature
* Change to 'Per account'
V App Store Previews
* If you receive a link to an iOS app via email, Mail will open up a preview window that shows the app’s price, description, screenshots, ratings, and reviews
* View details, reviews, screen shots, and buy right from Mail
V Safari
* iCloud Tabs. See the tabs that or open in safari on other Macs or iOS devices that use the same iCloud account
* Go full screen in landscape mode. Hides the navigation and address bars
V Offline access to Reading List
* Available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
* Photo and video uploads
V Accessibility
V Guided Access
* Enabled in the Settings > General > Accessibility
* Triple tap the home button in an app to access Guided access controls and options
* Circle areas of the screen to block out touch in those areas, can disable touch and motion all together
* Can block the physical buttons
* Sets a passcode to undo or cancel the mode.
* VoiceOver added to Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.
* Apple is working to help develop Made for iPhone hearing aids. (require iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.)
V iTunes, iBookstore, and App Stores
* All have been redesigned
V App Store
* Passwords are not required anymore to update existing apps
* Purchasing keeps you in the store. Apps show download progress on icons and buttons.
* 'Open' button for already purchased apps.
* Search results in tiles with screen previews
V iTunes
* History button shows the most recent items you have been browsing
* Podcasts are no longer in iTunes at all
* Continue browsing while listening to previews. Controls and buy button slide down in a banner at the top.
V Music app
* iTunes Match is now true streaming
* Volume slider button changes reflections based on iPhone orientation
V The Rest
V Lot's of privacy stuff.
* Alerts if an app wants access to contacts, photos, or other data (can actually be annoying)
* Settings > Privacy lets you tweak all that stuff
* Options for turning on/off an apps access to Twitter or Facebook
* Location Services is also accessed from the Privacy settings
* When you set up an iCloud email you can now choose to use an email or the traditional
* Status bars for apps can now be colored to match the theme of the app. Not just black or grey anymore
* Spotlight shows folder names for apps
* New Emoji icons. Monkeys!
* Shutdown icon spinner is now retinaized!
* App ribbons, for "New" apps get a little banner in the corner until the first launch
V Feature availability
* Not all features are available in all countries, but Apple has a page that lists availability by region.