Apple's iOS6 Reviewed: Not Quite The Revolution They Promised

They said it would have 200 features. They said that it would revolutionize the iPhone for a new generation.They said that iOS6 would be iPhone’s greatest achievement. It's not bad, but it's hardly life changing...
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They said it would have 200 features. They said that it would revolutionize the iPhone for a new generation.They said that iOS6 would be iPhone’s greatest achievement. It's not bad, but it's hardly life changing...

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They said it would have 200 features. They said that it would revolutionize the iPhone for a new generation.They said that iOS6 would be iPhone’s greatest achievement. And on the general scale, iOS6 has brought some of the most useful features that iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches have been missing.

The biggest jarring absence from the newest iteration of iOS5 was the inclusion of Facebook integration. Users could post to Twitter all they wanted, they could even tweet things from inside a game, all with the press of one button. But there was no access to Facebook’s services at all (the app has only recently been updated so it’s useable and not a mess of not working buttons and Facebook blue). You would have to use the website through Safari to get any sort of gossip from people who you don’t really like talking to.

That’s changed with the recent update. Now you can tell everyone about how hilarious something really, really is really, really easily. Even though we all know that it’s not funny, and will talk about you behind your back. What’s slightly more impressive is that you can now post to Facebook with Siri. Which is quite magical if you can get it to work. Want to tell people that you’ve found the best place to eat macaroons? Well you can, but it’ll come out “Lils, found a great place to eat Moroccans.” It’s not the sweet treat that you might want, but who’s going to turn down a handsome Moroccan? Siri’s limitations aside, the addition of Facebook is a nice addition; it won’t completely overhaul your phone, but will undoubtedly make it easier for you.

Imagine that. Getting your willy out anywhere you want and your partner seeing it in all of it’s Walnut Whip glory in high definition.

The biggest change on iOS6, and the most controversial change, is Apple’s own Maps. They’ve ditched the tried and tested Google Maps which everyone knew how to use and loved walking around New York with Street View on with. Instead they’ve developed their own app which will replace Apple’s reliance on Google with something that they’ve created.

Unfortunately, and in true Apple style, it is riddled with problems. Vast swathes of India are missing, and there’s new airports springing up like pregnancies on Jeremy Kyle. Incorrect geographical aside (isn’t it neat how Apple fanboys will pass off a Maps application that doesn’t have correct maps?) it is an impressive addition. You can even make the map 3D and spin around some of the greatest landmarks on the World, because no one uses maps for their proper meaning anymore, it’s just for looking at people being sick or funny business signs. It’s all vectored and beautiful looking; Apple standard.

Although these are the two major changes to iOS6, there are over 190 other, incremental changes that make your iDevice slightly better without changing the layout that dramatically; Passbook (which we can’t test because no UK businesses are supporting it yet but looked snazzy on the demo shown at WWDC), FaceTime is now available over 3G (or 4G if you’re with a network that supports it) and is now even in HD. Imagine that. Getting your willy out anywhere you want and your partner seeing it in all of it’s Walnut Whip glory in high definition.

Although some of the features brought forward are falling behind with some of those put forward by their competitors; Android phones especially, it’s not something to crow about in a pathetic game of oneupmanship between Samsung users and Apple users.

Is it really that amazing that your Android phone has had Facebook integration for months now? Of course not. Have you seen Britney Spears recently? She’s turned being a meth freak wielding an umbrella like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle into being on one of the biggest shows on American TV. That is truly magical. Your phone isn’t an integral part of your person, so let’s base your dislikes on other things; like someone saying ‘guesstimate’ or believing that X Factor is based on reality, and not on what phone they use. It makes us all look stupid.

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