iOS 6 on the iPad

iOS 6 has become available today. The article “10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know” summarizes what’s new for the iPad:
  1. Siri
  2. Apple’s own Maps app
  3. Facebook integration
  4. Sharing multiple PhotoStreams
  5. Do Not Disturb
  6. Very Important Contacts
  7. iCloud tabs in Safari
  8. Enhanced App Store
  9. New Clock app for iPad
  10. FaceTime everywhere


Things of note among the 10 features mentioned above:
  • Siri: must be activated under “Settings → General → Siri”. Then you can activate it (her?) by holding the home button. I find it especially useful for quick searches such as “How many inches is a meter?”. If I had to use Google, I’d search for “1m in in”.
  • The new Maps app: I’m underwhelmed – Google’s maps look better, have more detail and are more accurate. But the argument has been made that the app needs to be used to get better. Let’s hope Apple’s support for public transport eventually becomes as good as Google’s (couldn’t have survived in San Francisco recently, without it). My favorite new feature is that rotating a map works better, now: You use a gesture to rotate, it stays rotated and looks much better while it is. My guess is that that’s because Apple’s maps are transmitted as vectors, while Google’s maps are transmitted as bitmaps.
  • Shared PhotoStreams: Apple follows its typical pattern of doing with iOS apps what others do with web apps.
  • Do Not Disturb: comes close to an idea of mine – a mode where an iOS device is connected to the internet, but saves power by not receiving calls, messages, etc.
  • iCloud tabs in Safari: Useful, because you can more easily move between devices. The iOS Chrome has had this since its beginning in June 2012.
  • New Clock app: is great to have. It’s nice to be able to use the iPad as an alarm clock and a world clock (and more), without having to install a third-party app. I’m disappointed that the world clocks are analog-only. This is where 24 hour time notation makes particular sense!
Other observations:
  • Mail: You can now “pull to refresh” (scroll before the first message in a folder to retrieve new messages).
All in all, not much changes in everyday use. My iOS 6 wishes still stand; especially typing could be much improved with a few simple measures [1].

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  2. A wish list for iOS 6