Preliminary impressions of iOS 6

Sep 20, 2012
Tech

While it is impossible to completely uncover the new features, bugs and fun of iOS 6 until the iPhone 5 is available to everyone, here are some initial impressions. Apple’s Maps app needs a few geography lessons Arguably the most significant new feature of iOS 6 is the new Apple-developed Maps app, which replaces Google […]

While it is impossible to completely uncover the new features, bugs and fun of iOS 6 until the iPhone 5 is available to everyone, here are some initial impressions.

Apple’s Maps app needs a few geography lessons

Arguably the most significant new feature of iOS 6 is the new Apple-developed Maps app, which replaces Google Maps, an iPhone mainstay since the 2007 original. While there are many new great features – most notably turn-by-turn navigation – all of that innovation is being crowded up by some glaring and embarrassing errors. As the BBC reports, the new Maps app is mixing up the names of towns, has some incorrect descriptions of entities as prominent as the Manchester United Football Club, and even places the location for a furniture museum somewhere inside a river!

Expect Apple to clean this bugs out quickly. It’s not uncommon for issues like this to happen once a new operating system or device makes its way out into the wild. If you’ve uploaded iOS 6 to your iPad or older model iPhone and wish to get Google Maps back, check out gadget guru Ben Patterson’s advice in his “here’s the thing” blog.

Facebook’s Integration showcases @Facebook.com addresses

At long last, Facebook is now fully integrated into iOS 6, making it easy to share pictures, status updates and other items without bouncing around to multiple apps. One not-so-sneeky component of the integration, as detailed by TechCrunch, is that users’ @Facebook.com email addresses are displayed as a default when first syncing contacts. This is obviously a boon for Facebook’s email platform. But is it worth the grief that Facebook (and its tens of millions of iDevice-owning users) will take when people’s email addresses are co-mingled with Facebook messages?

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For more details about some less obvious but still important new aspects of iOS 6 (including how the new Google-developed YouTube app works), check out this analysis by prodigy blogger Chad Williams.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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