iOS 6 Gives Users More Options for Responding to Calls

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-06-11 Print this article Print


5. Passbook: The app that entrepreneurs wish they thought of 

Passbook is arguably the most impressive addition to iOS 6. This application is designed to integrate the iPhone with countless personal transactions, including allowing users to check in for a flight, redeem a movie ticket or use a coupon. Thanks to location-based features, it can alert users to a coupon, gift card or ticket whenever they€™re close to the place or event. 

6. More phone options 

When someone calls users running iOS 5, they need to either accept the call or ignore it. In iOS 6, the options have expanded to let people not answer, but send a message or be reminded to call the person back at a later time. Apple has made its phone operating system far better and the company should be commended for that. 

7. Do Not Disturb 

A new Do Not Disturb feature has been added to iOS 6, allowing users to set it for when they want to go to sleep at night or simply don€™t want to be bothered. The feature stops the phone from making any sounds when a message or phone call is received and it won€™t light up the screen. It€™s a much-needed addition for those who sleep next to their iPhones at night. 

8. The experience is the same across devices 

One of the key aspects of Apple€™s iOS platform has always been that it can deliver about the same experience across the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Luckily, iOS 6 does the same, and will make it easy for multiple device owners to quickly move from one product to another. iOS 6 is a true, universal operating system. 

9. Safari as the center of the browsing experience 

Apple€™s Safari is used by the vast majority of iOS users. So, to make the service a bit more useful to those folks, Apple on June 11 unveiled a host of new features for the browser, including iCloud Tabs that let folks open pages on one iOS device and pick up where they left off on another. The app also saves Web pages to a Reading List to catch up on sites a person frequents, and will let users share photos from within the browser. A full-screen icon has also been added for users to see Web pages in full-screen when in landscape mode. 

10. Accessibility is a major step up 

Accessibility is one of the most overlooked, but vastly important features in any mobile operating system. With that in mind, Apple on June 11 showed off a host of new features for people with disabilities, including Guided Access to help students with disabilities to stay on task. A VoiceOver feature makes it easier for blind and low-vision users to interact with more of the software. It€™s a fine update. 

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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