iOS 6 – the next major upgrade to the iPhone and iPad operating system – will be released by Apple tomorrow, September 19.
This latest generation of iOS boasts over 200 new features – including an entirely new Maps app (and no more Google Maps), major updates to the Mail app and all the built-in stores (App Store, iTunes, and iBooks), Facebook integration throughout the OS, and Siri for iPad.
I think the two new feature I find most impressive are Shared Photo Streams and Guided Access. I think Guided Access will be enormously valuable in the education field, and especially in teaching those with special needs. Shared Photo Streams seems to me like one of the best uses of iCloud yet. Here’s the description of each of these:
iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.
Shared Photo Streams:
Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way. Friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. You can even view Shared Photo Streams on Apple TV. If the folks you’re sharing with aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web. People can like individual photos and make comments. And you can share as much as you want: Your Shared Photo Streams don’t count against your iCloud storage, and they work over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Which iOS 6 features are you most looking forward to?
Oh, and happy updating tomorrow.