iOS 6 and All That Jazz

I'm sure if you're reading this, you've heard that the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, was announced recently. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • The new maps look incredible. Integrating Yelp reviews right in makes the app 1,000 times more useful. It only makes sense.
  • Turn-by-turn looks like a fantastic free upgrade, if you have a 4S or higher that is. I understand that these are free updates to our phones and tablets, but throw a guy a bone. Chances are we're going to upgrade anyway, this practice of holding back feature (*cough* Siri *cough*) is bs.
  • Fly-by looks like a neat little way to show off what your phone (or iPad) can do, but not very practical.
  • Facebook integration looks good, too bad I don't like Facebook. This may be the encouragement I need to clean up my account and get a little more use out of it. Contact sharing with Facebook is built-in, but who wants all those random people in your phone contacts? I turned it on and found out that cleaning the mess up would be more work than it's worth. If the names don't match up perfectly it creates a new entry for the person. And after matching/creating a contact it sticks a Facebook email address ({random_numbers}@facebook.com) at the top of every contact. Ugly.
  • Speaking of Facebook, integrating it with the new and improved App Store is a brilliant idea. My "friends" recommendation are better than random idiots clicking stars and writing comments that are completely irrelevant.
  • The small things they've added and fixed are really making me smile. Tweets from the notification drop down are incredibly useful. And pull-to-refresh in mail is a must. They've even fixed some of the uglier app icons, like the Settings App. Do-Not-Disturb mode is a nice touch as well.

That's all I've got so far. I installed iOS 6 on my iPad this morning, and am getting it going on my iPhone as I type this. I'll keep updating this as I go. I ran into all kinds of problems with iOS 5 Beta 1, but I've heard this time around its much more stable.

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Started a Quora discussion.