iOS 6 Features List

iOS 6 Features List (What’s New)

Apple has introduced iOS 6 at WWDC 2012. iOS 6 is claimed to bring 200+ new features when released this fall. Some of the major new features/improvements in iOS 6 includes All new Maps, Facebook integration, improved Siri, Mail, Safari, etc.

Hit the jump to learn more about these new features in iOS 6…
New features in iOS 6
These 200+ new features in iOS 6 comprises of numerous smaller features that either just got a passing mention or were not referenced at all. Below is the list of New features in iOS 6.

iOS 6 will be compatible with iPod Touch 4G, iPhone 3GS or later devices. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

Also, check out: iOS 12 Features List

iOS 6 Features List

All New Built-in Maps

Apple has introduced beautifully designed from the ground up (and the sky down) Maps app in iOS 6. New Maps app in iOS 6 includes:

  • Local search with 100 million business listings with Yelp reviews and pictures.
  • Crowd-sourced traffic data with incident reports.
  • Free turn-by-turn navigation with alternative route offers based on faster ETA – Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation.
  • Navigation viewable from lock screen.
  • Siri integration, finds spots along your route.
  • Flyover (3D buildings) – See major metro areas from the air with photo-realistic, interactive 3D views. Explore cities in high resolution as you zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate around the city and its landmarks.
  • Multitouch rotation, angle change, and zoom.
  • Powered by TomTom.
  • Pinch-out in maps goes to globe view.

Siri New Features

  • Starting with iOS 6 Siri is available on the New iPad 3.
  • In iOS 6 Siri can tell you: scores of sports such as baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer. Sports player stats, team rosters, league standings, and game schedule.
  • Better restaurant searches by type, price, Yelp reviews, distance, map, hours, phone number. Siri can now make OpenTable reservations for restaurants.
  • Siri is also capable of showing Movie listings per theatre, reviews from rotten tomato, movie facts, trailers, actor/actress search.
  • In iOS 6 Siri can also launch apps, send Tweet, update Facebook status, read notifications.
  • Siri now supports more international languages including Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Korean, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China).


  • One of the major iOS 6 new features is the system wide Facebook integration.
  • Facebook integrates within Contacts and Calendar.
  • A single Sign in will allow you to share from Photos, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center.
  • A public API is also available for developers.


  • iOS 6 new features also includes new additions to the phone app:
  • Phone dialer has got a new look.
  • In iOS 6 you can reply to incoming calls with a preset or custom message.
  • You can also save a timed or geofenced reminder


iOS 6 brings many new features and improveents to Safari mobile browser in iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch:

  • iCloud Tabs for Safari – Keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off on whatever device is handy.
  • Offline Reading List – Safari can now save web pages – not just links – for your offline reading pleasure.
  • Photo uploads – Starting with iOS 6, you’ll be able to upload photos (either take a new photo/video or choose from Camera Roll) to any site without leaving Safari.
  • Fullscreen video in landscape
  • Smart app banners link to App Store or launches


iOS 6 Mail app has been redesigned for easy reading and writing. New features in iOS 6 Mail app includes:

  • VIPs – set up a VIP list so you’ll never miss an important message from your accountant, your boss, or your BFF. Designated contacts cause notifications, e-mails flagged with stars, separate inbox. Your VIP list is iCloud enabled, so Mom will still be a VIP no matter which iOS device you’re using.
  • Attach photos in-line – add photos and videos to email messages with just a few taps.
  • Pull-to-refresh – to refresh your mailboxes, all you have to do is swipe down.
  • Open password-protected Office docs
  • Flagged mailbox
  • Per account signatures


  • Passbook is a new app available in iOS 6 which keeps your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more in one place.
  • Pops up on lock screen when you arrive – wake your iPhone or iPod touch, and passes appear on your Lock screen at the appropriate time and place — like when you reach the airport or walk into the store to redeem your gift card or coupon.
  • Includes up-to-date-balance – You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.
  • Boarding passes update with gate changes – if your gate changes after you’ve checked in for your flight, Passbook will even alert you to make sure you’re not relaxing in the wrong terminal.
  • Synced to iCloud
  • Cute deletion animation


  • In iOS 6, you can FaceTime over cellular
  • Apple ID and phone number has been unified to enable FaceTime or iMessage answering on iPad or Mac

Photo Streams

iOS 6 has improved photo sharing:

  • Shared Photo Streams with designated friends, includes comments – Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they’re on their way.
  • Photo Stream now a separate tab, not another album.
  • You can share as much as you want: Your shared photo streams don’t count against your iCloud storage, and they work over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • You can even view shared photo streams on Apple TV.
  • People can like individual photos and make comments.
  • Photo Stream pictures in Mac screensaver

Guided Access

iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices:

  • Disable certain app interactions with a circle – Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content.
  • Limit hardware buttons, touch, and motion control access – It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.
  • VoiceOver, the revolutionary screen reader for blind and low-vision users, is now integrated with Maps, AssistiveTouch, and Zoom.
  • Single-app mode

Game Center

Game Center has also got some new features in iOS 6:

  • Game Center can be synced with OS X
  • Cross-platform turn-based and realtime gaming between iOS and Mac
  • Issue challenges to friends
  • Find Facebook friends

New Features for China

  • iOS 6 brings improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese Internet services which makes iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch even better for Chinese-speaking users.
  • A new Chinese dictionary and improved text input makes typing in Chinese easier, faster, and more accurate.
  • You can mix full and abbreviated Pinyin and even type English words in a Pinyin sentence without switching keyboards.
  • With support for over 30,000 characters, iOS 6 more than doubles the number of Chinese characters supported in handwriting recognition. And when you add words to your personal dictionary, iCloud makes them available on all your devices.
  • Baidu is a built-in option in Safari, and you can share videos directly to Youku and Tudou. You can also post to Sina Weibo from Camera, Photos, Maps, Safari, and Game Center.

Other New Features

Do not disturb toggle with fine-grain phone call exceptions, schedules, or allowing repeat calls
Facebook and Twitter compose buttons
Lost Mode – send a phone number to lost device which can be called with single tap
Location-based reminders for iPad
No more pop-up in Safari when there’s no internet access available
Share calendar that you created (but not one shared with you) from app
iPhone version of Stocks app loaded on iPad
Downloading doesn’t kick you out of App Store anymore
Updating apps doesn’t require password anymore
Autocorrection for every keyboard
VoiceOver improvements
IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE
HDR improvements
French, German, and Spanish dictionaries
New iPad Clock app
New iPod app layout
Improved keyboard layouts
Improved text input
Top title bar changes color with app
Made for iPhone hearing aids
iCloud-stored user dictionary
Global network proxy for HTTP
Manual reorder of reminders
Kernel ASLR
Manual location entry for reminders
Custom vibrations for alerts
Word highlights for speajk selection
Search all fields in Contacts
Granular privacy control
Updated sharing menu with large icons
Music ringtones, alarms
Redesigned App Store and iTunes (can now view App Store screenshots in full screen)
iTunes Match now streams music (rather than just download)
Tilt changes reflection on slider buttons
Spotlight now shows which folder apps are in
Government alerts (AMBER and Emergency) in Notifications
More and new Emojis
Music preview banner overlays current screen
Time since last full charge (usage, standby)
Darker camera UI
“New” banner on app icons after installation
Update history in App Store
15 second skip playback controls for podcasts
Hold navigation arrow in Safari for iPhone for history view
“Enhanced” photos now add “-fixed” to file name
Cleared notifications sync across devices
No more pop-up in Safari when there’s no internet access available
Share calendar that you created (but not one shared with you) from app


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