By this point, we’re all familiar with Apple’s revised release cadence for iOS and iOS devices. Introduce a new iOS release at WWDC, beta test it through to the Fall event, and release it alongside the next iOS device. This year is no different with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

A lot has happened in the mobile OS space in the past few months; and with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8, the competition is really heating up. At this point however, all major mobile OSes have pretty mature feature set; notifications, copy/paste, multitasking and so on have all been implemented and checked off the list. The focus is now slowly shifting towards re-evaluating basic usage scenarios and implementing small tweaks and UI enhancements that improve the end-user experience.

For the most part, iOS 6 seems to focus on these smaller tweaks and under-the-hood refinements to build on iOS 5 and improve the end-user experience. There’s no way around saying it, iOS 6 is an evolution rather than revolution of the iOS platform. Today, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch make up a significant portion of Apple’s revenue, and as a result moving the platform along is more of a question of minimizing friction points rather than completely reinventing the OS. iOS 6 does exactly that, and builds on the platform with a number of noteworthy new features and UI changes. Let’s see what’s changed.

Maps in iOS 6
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  • darwiniandude - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Melbourne Australia also has excellent 3D mapping
  • ender8282 - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Try Monkey Burger they have much better burgers.
  • mezz - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Stockholm and Copenhagen both get the 3D-treatment.
  • secretmanofagent - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    You might want to grey out the additional four digits of the zip code (i.e. 85711-****) on the maps page. This can still be used to derive an address.
  • secretmanofagent - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Same page, turn-by-turn: "Voice guidance volume, label size, and units are really the only options here — there seen any options for preferring highways or surface streets, avoiding tolls (though you are warned when given routes to select from) or other common standalone GPS options."

    I'm assuming it's "there doesn't seem to be any options" or the like?
  • AbhorApple - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Alright, this morning upgraded the iPad 3 to i OS 6. Tested out the much touted Apple Maps. Pig in a poke, that's what it is. I could have as well bought a Bartholomew's maps and carried with me. This wretched thing won't show half the places even within 100 miles of Bangalore. Hmm... should have learnt the lessons... Apple cares two hoots for customers and foolish Apple buyers in this geography
  • silverblue - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    It's not just India. Check this article out:
  • steven75 - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    Direct your iOS web browser to until the Google Maps app makes it to iOS.

    Should be quite a decent workaround for those who live in areas that Apple Maps doesn't have good data on.
  • rash1d - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    "What iOS 6, Android 4.1 or Windows 8/RT/Phone 8 fail to do however is establish a single dominant winner in the market. This war is far from over, which is a great thing for pushing innovation."
  • ayembee - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - link

    Transit routing gone, no good replacements yet, location-search pretty bad (I tried a number of tests searches and found literally NOTHING I looked for). Now, taken as a whole, iOS6 is a nice upgrade, and there are plenty of features I find myslef really liking -- however, Maps needed to bake for longer...

    Think about it. You use a map to

    1) find something (data now terrible, fails)
    2) to find a route to the thing you just found (can't route via the metro, so total fail here too)

    In other words, the single two most important use-cases for using maps ina major metropolitan area (the areas where you'll find the highest density of iOS users) are now awful. Turn-by-turn directions are a nice addition IF you actually spend most opf your day driving somewhere. Which most city-dwellers in non-US countries don't, as public transport is usually pretty good...

    Marks awarded for effort and ambition, and even looks.
    BUT... needs a ton of follow-through.

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