Review and Test: Apple iOS 6 and Apple iPad
Earlier this week, Apple released iOS6, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, to the world. Apple promises 200 enhancements over the predecessor, and while most of these are incremental, there are some significant changes that may or may not be considered an enhancement when all is said and done.
Apple declared its independence from Google by ditching Google Maps and its built-in YouTube app, while at the same time moving far closer to Facebook, which is now thoroughly integrated into the operating system and many apps. Other major changes include the introduction of Passbook, an app that will compile and organize paperless tickets and coupons once Apple fixes a software bug, the addition of Siri, Apple’s personal assistant and virtual friend, and updates to the native Mail app, Safari web browser, and iCloud.
Apple’s new homegrown Maps app is a serious point of contention for many users, as we will see in a moment.
Google wasted no time in developing a standalone YouTube app to replace the one that had been fully integrated since the first iPhone was released in 2007, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store. (The new YouTube app is getting mixed reviews incidentally.)
Most newer Apple devices will support iOS 6, but not all of the new operating system’s features and functionality will work. In addition, two devices which supported iOS 5, the original iPad and the third-generation iPod touch, won’t receive the iOS 6 update at all. This means that iOS 6 runs on the new iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS, the third-generation iPad as well as the iPad 2, and the fourth- and fifth-generation iPod touch.
The third-generation iPad gets Siri (previously, it only supported voice dictation, a move that was criticized at the time of its launch) but the iPad line doesn’t get Passbook, the panorama mode with the built-in camera, nor the Reminders app.
Here’s a look at iOS 6 functionality on the iPad.