Legacy Version of iOS

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-07-18 Print this article Print


5. Better Phone controls 

One of the more interesting additions to the iOS 6 phone features is the ability to do more when a call is received. Aside from turning the sound off or sending someone to voicemail, users will be able to decline the call and receive a reminder to call someone back at a later time or decline a call and send a message back to the person. It€™s a nice addition for busy people. 

6. Passbook could come in handy 

Passbook could be one of the most useful additions to iOS 6 yet. Think of the new application as a location-based travel book, that lets users access tickets, alerts when they€™re close to a store where they have discount coupons or an entertainment venue where they have a pass to get in, and more. Passbook has a lot of potential. 

7. Over time, it€™ll be what developers expect 

For the time being, those who stick with iOS 5 won€™t have any trouble using the applications they have now. But over time, as Apple all but forces users to go to iOS 6 and then next year, iOS 7, iOS 5 users will have no choice but to upgrade. Legacy support is not so great in the iOS ecosystem. 

8. FaceTime over cellular 

FaceTime€™s biggest limitation right now is that it can only be used over WiFi. In iOS 6, Apple will allow users to place video calls over cellular networks. However, those who use the software should know that data charges may apply. 

9. VIP list is huge 

For those folks who send a lot of emails, but have a difficult time delineating which recipients are more important than others, Apple has announced a new feature, called VIP list. Built into Mail, the feature will help users keep all of the messages from the most important people in their lives away from the rest. Expect it to be a productivity marvel. 

10. Get acquainted before you buy the new iPhone 

If anything is certain about the rest of the year, it€™s that Apple will be launching a new iPhone. More importantly, it€™ll be running iOS 6. When the device will launch is unknown at this point. But what is clear is that it€™s an opportunity for Apple fans to get to know the operating system before the device launches. After all, you€™ll need a new iPhone eventually, right? And when you buy that device, you won€™t be running iOS 5. 

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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