By Jonathan Charles | Jun 14, 2012 10:21 AM EDT
The iOS 6 announcement had plenty of headline-grabbing features, notably turn-by-turn navigation and Facebook integration. However, there are worthwhile - and less notable - features that grabbed less attention.
The Share screen in iOS 6 has been revamped, removing the horizontal list of apps and presenting a grid-based layout that's reminiscent of a popular jailbreak tweak. It now presents the apps which users can share from, and on the final row three new options: Print, Copy and Use as Wallpaper. It's much easier, when selecting a photo for example, to have all the options on one screen. A downfall of iOS is the amount of taps it can require to perform simple functions, such as closing an app.
Siri has been updated, along with arriving on the iPad, and chief among the updates is the ability to ask for football or soccer scores. Asking for the schedule of a team's fixtures will present all of them, or users can be more specific and get information on individual players. Of course, there's also turn-by-turn navigation.
Siri in iOS 6 also allows users to send tweets and updates to Twitter and Facebook respectively, and links Twitter profiles to friends added in the Contacts app automatically if a handle is entered.Spotlight has also been tweaked, showing the folder an app is inside.
Return Call Notifications
Apple touched on this, but it seems to have generated little excitement: iOS 6 allows calls to be declined and accompanied with a preset text message, so users can set a reminder to call back when meeting a particular requirement (leaving work, getting to work, arriving home etc.) that's enabled as a geofence around a location. Apple reasons the feature removes the need to send a time-consuming text message when in an import meeting, for example, with preset options including to call back later and asking "What's up?"
If a person calls twice within a short timeframe, the contact can be whitelisted so the second call is answered.
Location-based reminders can be set on the iPad via the Reminders app, and addresses where users want to be reminded can be entered manually. Along with the ability to reorder reminders, an API is available for developers to integrate into an app.
Other features include iCloud tabs in Safari, so browser sessions from other iCloud-enabled devices will be seen; Game Center challenges, and the ability to import friends into Game Center, along with account-specific signatures in Mail are new; and iOS 6 also supports a Do Not Disturb mode, blocking calls and notifications when asleep. They aren't not sent - users get them in the morning.
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