iOS 6 Introduction: 10 Features Sure to Keep Apple Customers Happy

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple unveiled iOS 6 on June 11, the start of its annual World Wide Developers Conference. With its 200+ new features, the latest edition Apple’s mobile operating system is sure to keep current and future users of the company’s products happy for years to come.

Apple on June 11 held its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, unveiling everything from new features in Mac OS X Mountain Lion to an all-new MacBook Pro featuring a Retina display. The event€™s announcements followed a host of rumors about what might come out of the show, many of which didn€™t receive a mention during the keynotes. It also delivered a few surprises that caused even anti-Apple folks out there to get excited by what they saw.

Perhaps the most exciting announcement was about the new features in iOS 6. It€™s easy to see why folks might be happy when they check out all of the latest features, which total about 200 in Apple€™s iOS 6. The operating system, which was shown off by Apple senior vice president for iOS software Scott Forstall, is arguably one of the strongest improvements to the mobile platform in years. The many new features it delivers will ensure that customers will happily stick with Apple mobile products for years to come.

Read on to find out what will make Apple€™s iOS 6

a market favorite

, not with current Apple fans, but with people who will choose to buy and use Apple in the years ahead.

1. The all-new Maps application

Apple made the surprising decision in iOS 6 to ditch Google Maps and replace it with its own Maps application. The offering includes a host of fine features, including turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic information, and a flyover tool that includes detailed visuals. It lacks StreetView, since Google isn€™t powering Maps, but those who don€™t mind that loss will find a lot to like in Maps.

2. A new-and-improved Siri

Siri is still in beta, which means it€™s a work in progress, but Apple plans to make serious improvements to it in iOS 6. According to Apple, the platform will now work with sports scores, will find restaurant reviews and tell users where the latest movies are playing. Best of all, it€™ll finally work with Apple€™s new iPad, allowing it to move beyond the iPhone.

3. Facebook, finally

With the launch of iOS 5, Apple integrated Twitter across the operating system. This time around, the company has inked a deal with Facebook that will deliver much of the same integration features. In addition, Apple says that Facebook will work within iTunes, allowing users to €œlike€ a song from the operating system.

4. FaceTime on cellular

One of the biggest complaints iOS users had about Apple€™s FaceTime was that it was only available on WiFi networks. With iOS 6, however, Apple says that FaceTime will make its way to cellular networks. It€™s not clear how well the quality will hold up over cellular networks, but just having the option is welcome.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...