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IOS 6 review

It's the small things that make this a worthwhile upgrade
Thu Sep 20 2012, 16:55

APPLE ROLLED OUT IOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system last night. Despite reports of WiFi issues and a couple of problems with the Itunes Store, Apple's rollout process seems to have gone more smoothly than it did last year, furnishing users of ageing Idevices with many new features without much trouble.

We've installed IOS 6 on an Iphone 4, an Iphone 4S and a 'new' Ipad, and have been impressed with the features so far even though there are no major changes. New features include Apple's new Maps application, Facebook integration and a refreshed Safari web browser, all of which make it a worthwhile upgrade.

Installation
Thankfully, installing IOS 6 wasn't the three hour long nightmare we experienced installing IOS 5, although this might have been because we downloaded it a few hours after the 6pm rush. We installed the upgrade over the air, which took around 15 minutes, without any hiccups.

However, it's worth noting that the update weighs in at a hefty 2.5GB and we've spoken with a number of people who simply don't have enough space left on their Idevice to install it.

Check out our guide on how to install IOS 6.

Interface
You'd be forgiven for not noticing the user interface (UI) tweaks that IOS 6 brings with it, as the main UI remains largely unchanged.

For example, amongst these subtle tweaks is a new blue status bar when you're viewing it inside an app, and newly-downloaded applications now come with a "New" sash around them until you fire them up for the first time.

Apple IOS 6 interface

One of the major redesigns is the look of the Itunes and App Store applications, which boast a clean, refreshing appearance. Apps are now displayed in a horizontal row and you can browse by swiping your finger right to left, a welcome improvement compared to the clunky App Store of old.

Phone and Messaging
The Phone app on IOS has long been due for a refresh, and that's exactly what it got with IOS 6. As well as giving the dialler a lick of paint, Apple has added a number of new options for ignoring calls. If you're too busy to take a call, you can now reply to the caller with a message, apologising that you're unable to speak or saying you'll call back in a few minutes. There's also an option to set a reminder so you don't forget to call back, a nice touch, if you ask us.

While there have been no aesthetic changes to Apple's Messaging app, it has been provided with many new emoticons, which while by no means a major change kept us entertained for a good 30 minutes.

Next: Maps, Facebook

 

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