This week for “Wireless Wednesday” we’re looking at the next generation of iOS, iOS 6, in celebration of WWDC 2012. With this new update, Apple released more than 200 new features and upgrades. Check out what Mashable had to say about the new operating system in their article, “Hands-On First Impressions of iOS 6” written by Christina Warren, when they got to take a closer look at it this week. Excerpts of the article are posted below–
Apple’s decision to eschew Google Maps in iOS 6 is a big deal. Mapping and location are an integral part of the modern smartphone experience. The street mapping aspect of the new iOS Maps app pulls in data from Yelp and from what we can tell, Open Street Map. TomTom technology helps power the Turn-By-Turn navigation.
At this very early stage, the Facebook/iOS 6 integration works in a way that’s nearly identical to Twitter’s current integration with iOS 5. That is to say, it’s part of the system — if you want it to be — and third-party apps can plug into the architecture for even better use. The real potential of the Facebook integration is within the App Store. Users can now “like” an app directly from the App Store on Facebook, and see what apps their friends like. This also works for Music and Movies.
Siri works just as you would expect it to — except it now hooks into Yelp, OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes, various sports score services and more. Users can also now launch apps, post to Facebook and send Tweets with their voice.
Photo Stream Sharing, Safari, FaceTime, 3G, and More
Users can quickly and easily share groups of photos to a select group of other users. Just find your photo, choose “Photo Stream” from the share menu and add your contacts. You can choose to make the collection private or visible on iCloud.com. Another new feature in iOS 6 is the ability to FaceTime over 3G or 4G.
Mail has received a few updates in iOS 6, most notably with the ability to FINALLY inserts photos or videos in a message directly from the Mail app.
Well there you have it. What do you think of the new iOS 6? What are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments, or leave us a message on Facebook or Twitter. To see this article in its original format, or to learn more about iOS 6, click here.