SOFT­WARE: iOS 6

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The iPhone 5 will run Ap­ple’s new iOS 6 oper­at­ing sys­tem. iOS is

eas­ier to use as un­like An­droid and other plat­forms there is no hid­den menu or op­tions. All apps are laid out scat­tered across the

home­screens and users can make fold­ers just by drag­ging and plac­ing the app icon over an­other. The big­gest plus point of own

ing an Ap­ple de­vice is the in­stant avail­abil­ity of up­dates. The minute Ap­ple rolled out the iOS 6, the up­date was avail­able to all Ap­ple users across the globe, ir­re­spec­tive of the de­vice and coun­try. Here is what the iOS 6 brings to the ta­ble.

FACE­BOOK IN­TE­GRA­TION: So­cial net­work in­te­gra­tion is a must in any smart­phone to­day. Af­ter in­te­grat­ing Twit­ter in iOS 5, Ap­ple has now opened the doors for Face­book in­te­gra­tion. Now users will be able to share pho­tos, up­date sta­tus with­out hav­ing to log

into the app. MAPS: With iOS 6, Ap­ple has dropped Google Maps and re­placed it with its own Maps. Maps of­fer turn-by-turn nav­i­ga­tion and a new 3D fea­ture called ‘Fly­over’. How­ever, un­like Google Maps, the new map­ping soft­ware lacks de­tails and fea­tures. It does not

sup­port turn-by-turn di­rec­tion in In­dia. SIRI: The in­tel­li­gent voice as­sis­tant, Siri, was the dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture on the iPhone 4S. With the iOS 6, Siri has be­come smarter. It has learned new tricks and can now launch apps, present score cards, search for movie tick­ets, and book tables at restau­rants. It can even send a tweet and post on Face­book. How­ever, some of

these fea­tures will not work in In­dia. VIP EMAIL: Thanks to the del­uge of junk emails we of­ten over­look im­por­tant mails. Not any more, as iOS 6 lets users set up a VIP list. Users can now also have dif­fer­ent sig­na­tures for dif­fer­ent

ac­counts with the new Mail app. PHOTO STREAM: The new Photo Stream fea­ture al­lows Ap­ple users to cre­ate Photo Streams and share it with other users over iCloud. Just like Face­book and In­sta­gram, peo­ple in­vited to the

group can like the im­ages and even add com­ments. SA­FARI: The num­ber of im­prove­ments on Sa­fari browser in­clude off­line read­ing list, photo up­load sup­port, full- screen land­scape

view on iPhone, etc. The iCloud also syncs the brows­ing his­tory across iOS de­vices when logged in us­ing the same ac­count. Sa­fari on iOS 6 fea­tures a brand new Java Script engine, which makes

Sa­fari sig­nif­i­cantly faster. FACETIME OVER 3G: Till now, video chat us­ing FaceTime was only pos­si­ble if both the par­i­ties were on Wi-Fi. But on iOS 6, it works

over cel­lu­lar net­work as well. MES­SAGE RE­PLY & DND: Ba­sic fea­tures like de­cline an in­com­ing call with a text mes­sage, set a call­back re­minder or cre­ate a pre­set

mes­sage have been added to iOS 6. The Do Not Dis­turb fea­ture al­lows users to set up a time for in­com­ing calls to be si­lenced. One can also cre­ate a list of peo­ple that can still continue to reach you

over­rid­ing the DND set­tings.

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