Now that iOS 6 is available for download some of our readers might be wondering what has changed, and also the main iOS 6 features that will make their daily life more efficient. We’ve seen conflicting opinions on how good the iOS 6 update is, but in our opinion it will deliver so much more for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users when compared to the previous software.
Not all of the changes in iOS 6 will be liked, but when it comes to being productive we feel that some major steps have been taken to help with efficiency. These include new features in iOS 6 that benefit both the general user and also business or professional users, so simple changes like having a special VIP option for collecting email can help with getting to the most important messages, which is crucial if you receive loads of spam even after activating email rules.
Another benefit with “VIP inbox” is the fact that it also works with iCloud, so the list of important contacts is carried across to other iOS devices you use. The new iOS 6 email adds many other features as well, and one other small change we like includes the ability to add video and photos to your messages in a couple of taps. You can see how VIP works in a video below this article, which demonstrates the new email feature on an iPad running iOS 6.
If you’re like us then things can slip your mind easy, and keeping lists or setting reminders really helps to keep our life organized. In iOS 6 you now have a Reminders app that improves on a number of levels, and this includes the ability to set repeat tasks, rearrange them easily, and also prioritize those that are most important to you. You’ll also gain the option to have Reminders ping you when a certain location is reached, which can be any location you leave or arrive at. Lastly, those of you that use iCloud will be more productive thanks to Reminders syncing from and to other devices in real-time.
In our busy social networking world it seems that people keep connected and update their profiles more while mobile than at home, and this means checking in and sharing a message with Facebook/Twitter is the first thought a person has when something happens. Apple has improved the way you share messages socially in iOS 6, which now includes the ability to use Siri for hands-free messaging that could save your life if you’re driving a car or in another situation where tapping away is not a good idea when your focus should be elsewhere.
With Siri supported devices and iOS 6 you can just turn Siri on and use your voice for sharing socially, which is done by simply saying, “update Twitter” or “update Facebook“. Do you think this is an option you’ll use for sharing on Facebook or Twitter?
We would love to hear your thoughts on the new iOS 6 maps, and any features that you think make daily life more productive, so hit the comments with your feedback, especially if you’ve been hands-on with iOS 6 over the last 24 hours. Are you bothered that there’s no native YouTube app, which can be downloaded as a separate app now? You can read a quick review of the new iOS 6 maps in this article.