iOS 6 beta sets iPhone 5 stage
During WWDC 2012 Apple announced a number of new products and on the same day they released iOS 6 beta so that devs could download and start to see what all the fuss was about. One thing we do know, with 200 plus updates it will set the stage for the iPhone 5 and make it stand out even more, but has Apple gone far enough with their upcoming mobile OS?
It’s hard to say which of the new main features stand out the most because there were so many, but to us we would have to suggest the new Maps, updates to Siri, Facebook integration, along with Game Center challenges. The latter is not so much a huge update but it will allow you to connect to Game Center with your Facebook friends, yet more proof that games are becoming ever more social.
Going back to the improved Maps app, iPhone users will soon be able to get rid of their GPS because Apple has made a number of improvements to the app so that you can now receive turn-by-turn instructions with a little help from Siri, as well as real time traffic updates.
Most devs have said that the iOS 6 is very stable and has a great deal of potential, but it’s worth remembering that most of the updates are behind the scenes, so not seen by you or I. If you were to listen to Android or Windows Phone fans they would say that Apple has not gone far enough to compete with them, but CNN does not agree with this because it’s the third-party apps that makes a platform and Apple is on top of that game.
We have already discussed how more than 130 million people are now using Game Center, and the updates coming to iOS 6 and OS X should increase that number significantly. It’s finally nice to see Apple totally embracing mobile gaming, and while the likes of the big three console makers would have you believe that they are under no threat from the likes of gaming on iOS and Android devices, it’s hard not to ignore the success they are having in this short amount of time.
Apple are doing all they can to improve the gaming experience on their mobile devices, and while it’s clear to see they have made changes to iOS 6 to achieve this there’s no getting away from the fact that the iPhone 5 will need some love as well – we just hope we get that larger screen that is so desperately needed.