new operating system is such an improvement that it might make you love
your iPhone 4S again — and think twice about dropping $199-plus on the
newest iteration tomorrow.
By integrating Twitter and Facebook with your contacts list, iOS 6
has finally caught up to Android and nearly reached Windows 7 in terms
of how information about people you know is organized on your phone.
It’s a good sign for the iPhone 5, which comes with iOS 6.
Siri is a new woman. She can open applications, call and message
contacts and do things that a voice recognition assistant is supposed to
IPhone 4S owners will find themselves with a more business-friendly
smartphone. If you’re in a meeting or running to one when a call comes
in, a new phone feature allows you to instantly reply to the caller with
a text or get a reminder later to contact that person. A “do not
disturb” button also makes sure you won’t be bothered by anyone except
VIPs of your choosing.
Those without the latest devices might be disappointed after spending
an hour or so downloading and setting up iOS 6, which was released to
the public at 1 p.m. yesterday. Owners of the iPad 2 and those who still
have the iPhone 4 or 3G won’t get Siri, and the process will just
further drive home that it’s time for an upgrade.
Before you download iOS 6, make sure you delete the apps you no
longer use to free up plenty of space, download the latest iTunes
(version 10.7) and back up your device (to Apple’s iCloud or program of
After you download iOS 6, open the settings program, go to Facebook
and Twitter and click on “update contacts.” That will integrate your
contacts list with your social media friends.
The iOS 6 rollout wasn’t without glitches. The much-anticipated
mobile ticketing, payment and coupon app Passbook simply wasn’t working
for many users, myself included.
Apple’s proprietary maps application is in and Google Maps is out.
The results are a mixed bag. I put the turn-by-turn voice navigation
feature through the paces in downtown Boston. But it was no match for
the Big Dig, thinking I was on I-93 when I was above ground and barely knew where I was most of the time.
I’m sticking with my Garmin GPS for now — and enjoying my iPhone 4S for all of two more days.