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Top 10 IOS 6 features to get excited about

As 12 September fast approaches, we take a look at the best new features in IOS 6 including Safari, Siri and support for larger screens
Wed Sep 05 2012, 11:00

IF ONLINE SPECULATION is anything to go by, Apple's next mobile software iteration IOS 6 will make its debut on the Iphone 5 in just one week on 12 September. However, with Apple's IOS 6 announcement now a distant, hazy memory, we take a look at our top 10 favourite features of the upcoming mobile operating system, and whether it will be coming to your Idevice.

Maps
While not everyone was pleased with the news that Apple is dumping Google Maps in IOS 6, we're excited to see the firm's replacement. Designed by Apple from the ground up, the new Iphone and Ipad mapping service will boast "interactive 3D views" and spoken turn-by-turn navigation, a feature that is missing from Google Maps for IOS. Of course, Siri will also come baked in to the new Apple Maps app, helping you to find the closest restaurant, for example.

Still in a mood about Apple giving Google the cold shoulder? Check out how to get around Apple's Google ban in IOS 6.

Apple Maps IOS 6

Phone
When Apple announced it would be bringing an updated Phone application to IOS 6, we breathed a sigh of relief. The revised app finally brings the Iphone in line with its Android rivals, enabling users to ignore a call by setting a smart reminder or by sending a message. There's also a nifty new feature called Do Not Disturb which means that if you get a drunken phone call in the middle of the night, you'll do so quietly without the screen lighting up.

Safari
While we're fans of Google's Chrome web browser for IOS, we're pretty sure that Apple's updated Safari will be able to woo us back. Ideal for Mac and Ipad users, the refreshed Apple web browser comes complete with Icloud Tab Syncing, which means you can access your open tabs across multiple devices.

Safari IOS 6

Safari for IOS 6 also boasts the ability to upload photos from the application, full screen mode and the option to save webpages into your Reading List for offline listing.

 

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