Comprehensive List of New iOS 6 Features

BY Jason

Published 18 Jun 2012

iOS 6

Apple unveiled their much awaited next generation mobile operating system – iOS 6 at last week’s WWDC 2012 Keynote, which has over 200 new features and improvements.

We’ve already covered some of the major new features, but to make it easier for you to take a quick look at all the new features and changes in iOS 6, we’ve created this comprehensive list, which already includes more than 100 new features and changes. 


  • Turn-by-turn Navigation with Siri Voice powered by Tom Tom (iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later, voice directions for iPhone 4S and 3rd generation iPad only)
  • Maps are now Apple-sourced instead of using Google sources.
  • Flyover view for maps gives 3D satellite view (iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later)
  • Satellite view
  • Lock Screen integration for turn-by-turn navigation (iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later, voice directions for iPhone 4S and 3rd generation iPad only)
  • Yelp! integration available for businesses near the user gives provides reviews and information on the business. Allows the user to launch Yelp! from Maps
  • Info cards of businesses
  • Real-time traffic information
  • New Map icon

Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the all-new Maps app.


  • The new iPad (iPad 3) also gets Siri
  • Siri can answer sports related queries. So you can now simply speak to Siri and get game schedules, scores, player info and team records. Siri supports baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey including a number of sports leagues, listed below:
    • Italian Serie A
    • English Premier League
    • MLS
    • French Ligue 1
    • Dutch Eredivisie
    • Spanish La Liga
    • German Bundeliga
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • NCAA Basketball
    • WNBA
    • NHL
  • By tapping into Rotten Tomatoes’ database, Siri can now show you movie reviews and ratings. She can also tell you movie listings based on location or showtime. Movie information is presented in a neat card that aggregates all relevant information, and packages them in a compact view. The information shown includes awards, cast, ratings and trailers. You could even directly ask Siri to play a trailer, which is then played in the movie player. Queries like “who directed a movie”, “show me movies starring Scarlett Johanson” are also understood by Siri.
  • You can now find restaurants based on cuisine, price, location and ratings. Siri is also integrated with Yelp and Open Table, which means you can see reviews, ratings, and photos of restaurants within Siri, and if you like a place you can tell Siri to take you in to the OpenTable app to make a reservation.
  • Apps can be launched by saying “run <app name>” or “open <app name>” pr “play <game name>”
  • Facebook updates and Twitter tweets can be posted using Siri.
  • Siri can read your incoming notifications.
  • “Eyes Free” feature allowing for cars to integrate with Siri with a mic button on steering wheel and for launching Siri functions. Screen is disabled during Eyes Free mode.
  • Support for New Languages: Canadian English, Spanish (Spain/Mexico), Italian, Switzerland (Italian), Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China/Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong/Mainland China)
  • Local Search will be available globally.

Check out this article for a more details about the new features and improvements coming to Siri in iOS 6.

Facebook Integration

  • Facebook integrated into core applications on iOS 6; similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5
  • Integrated into Notification Center
  • Integrated in Siri and APIs for third-party apps
  • Address book can sync contact information from friends on Facebook
  • Facebook Events and birthdays in Calendar
  • Like button is available in the App Store and iTunes Store. So you can like songs, albums, shows, movies, and apps.


  • New app that manages a user’s boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. in one app.
  • Store coupons and gift cards in a wallet-like app
  • Airplane boarding passes for flights; updates boarding pass information in real time if changes are made
  • Passbok is time and location enabled, so passes and tickets appear on the lock screen when necessary. You can swipe the notification to access the pass.

Notification System

  • Status of Notifications synced across iOS devices (also mentioned under iCloud)
  • “Tap to Tweet” and “Tap to Post” widgets
  • Message previews can now be toggled off and on for alerts
  • Customize notifications for each mail account
  • “Do Not Disturb” toggle, which allows you to suppress all incoming calls (diverted to voicemail) and notifications.

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improved Notification System in iOS 6.


  • Shared Photo Streams. Photos can be shared with other contacts. Photos shared can be commented on and liked. If you share photos with people who don’t have Apple devices, they can view photos on the web.
  • Get notifications when family and friends share a photo.
  • Share photo streams don’t count against iCloud storage
  • New sharing menu


  • Sliding Phone shortcut (like sliding camera shortcut) that allows you to either “Reply with Message” or “Remind me Later” when you get a call.
  • Reply with Message –  You can use one of the preset messages such as “I’ll call you later.”, “I’m on my way.”, “What’s up?” or respond with a custom message to inform the caller than you can’t talk right now.
  • Remind me Later – you can be reminded in an hour, when you get home, when you get to work or when you leave (which sets a geofence around your current locations so that when you leave the meeting or building, you will be reminded to call the person)
  • Do not disturb toggle, which allows you to suppress all incoming calls unless callers are in your Favorites or from people in a group that you’ve  created in your Contact list. You can also schedule the time when you do not want to be disturbed.
  • New white themed UI for dial pad.

Check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to the Mail app in iOS 6.


  • Create a VIP list so emails from important people are starred and can be access via the new Mail app
  • Customize notifications and alert tones for VIP lists
  • New Mailbox for flagged emails
  • Attach photos and videos within the Mail app
  • Added Pull-to-Refresh to update Mail accounts
  • Open password-protected Microsoft Office documents
  • Create a signature per email account
  • Customize notifications for each email account

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.


  • iCloud tabs – allows users to view a list of tabs opened in the Safari web browser across multiple iOS devices and Macs, so you can pick up from where you left off on any device
  • Safari saves the web pages and not just the links, so you can read the contents of a webpage without an internet connection
  • Fullscreen mode in landscape
  • Smart App Banners: Banners on mobile webpages prompt users to download the website’s native App Store counterpart in the App Store
  • Faster JavaScript engine
  • Apps in search results
  • Support for photo upload via Camera Roll
  • Support up to 24 open tabs on iPad
  • New Sharing menu with 3 new shortcuts to copy the URL, share the link on Facebook and share the link using Message app
  • The overscroll background is now the hatched Notification Center pattern.

You can check out this article for a detailed walkthrough of the improvements coming to Safari in iOS 6.


  • Make FaceTime calls over cellular network (iPhone 4S & 3rd generation iPad only)


  • New streamlined UI with white and black themes (iPhone/iPod touch only)
  • The reflection on the new metallic slider’s virtual knob changes if you tilt your iPhone from side to side. It uses the gyroscope/accelerometer data.
  • Late Night Mode equalizer

Check out the screenshots and video of the revamped Music app here.


  • Search All Fields
  • Custom vibrations for text messages per contact


  • Manual reorder of reminders
  • Manual location entry for reminders
  • Displays badges for outstanding tasks
  • Location based reminders for iPad

App Store

  • Revamped user interface
  • Applications can be purchased from within apps
  • Installing a app no longer takes the user to the home screen. The app will download and install while continuing to browse the store.
  • Previously purchased app or updating an app no longer requires the iTunes password to be entered
  • Top 25 tab renamed as Top Charts


  • Revamped user interface
  • Content can be purchased from within apps

Check out this article for more details about changes coming to the iTunes and App Store apps in iOS 6.


  • “Bluetooth” moved to top of Settings list
  • Added “Do Not Disturb” mode, allowing users to avoid calls and notifications unless calling parties are on the user’s Favorites group
  • Toggles for Government warnings and AMBER alerts
  • New Settings for Privacy Controls
  • Brightness and Wallpaper Settings have been merged
  • Settings for “Store” is now Settings for “iTunes and App Stores”
  • Settings for Reminders (this used to available in Mail, Contacts, Calendars)
  • A slightly changed Icon


Guided Access:
  • Allows user to lock exiting of the app in Single App Mode.
  • Allows users to disable certain controls within a specific app.


  • Status of Notifications synced across iOS devices
  • iCloud tabs in Safari
  • Personal Dictionary synchronization


  • Alarm can be set to any song in Music app
  • Clock app added to iPad
  • A slightly changed Icon


  • A cleaner and slick new UI

Game Center

  • Game Center challenges
  • Facebook friends integration


  • HDR improvements
  • Darker theme

Find My iPhone:

  • Lost Mode: If iPhone is lost, Lost Mode triggers an alert sound, and prompts the person that finds the iPhone to call a specific number set by the owner remotely

Find My Friends:

  • Find My Friends app to get geofencing notification system. This will let you set up an alert for contacts in your Find My Friends app; when they leave or arrive at a given location, you’ll receive an alert or banner notification.


  • Kernel ASLR added


  • Time since Last Full Charge for iPod and iPad.


  • Additional features for China
  • VoiceOver improvements
  • Global Network proxy for HTTP
  • IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE
  • Word highlights for speech support
  • Auto Correction for every keyboard
  • Bluetooth Map support
  • Improved keyboard layouts
  • New Thai Keyboard (Full Keyboard)
  • French, German, and Spanish Dictionaries
  • “Made for iPhone” hearing aids
  • A “New” label over freshly installed apps
  • Status bar reflects the colour of the top-most banner in third-party apps (more details here)
  • Spotlight lists name of folder an app is located in
  • Spotlight displays a small black logo next to the name of Apps built by Apple
  • Support for US Government Wireless Emergency Alerts
  • Spinning wheel graphic has been finally optimized for Retina Display
  • When you start or end a quote, the keyboard automatically switches to capital letters after the first and last quotation marks
  • If you add an Emoji icon after a sentence and you ended that sentence with a period, the keyboard will switch to capitals here


iOS 6 will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and the new iPad and the 4th gen iPod touch. However, check out this article to find out the list of features that won’t be available for older iOS devices.


iOS 6 will be released later this fall. We expect it to be release couple of days before the next generation iPhone is released.

What do you think about the new features and changes in iOS 6? Do you plan to upgrade to iOS 6 when it is released this fall?

Note: We will update this list as soon as we discover new ones so don’t forget to bookmark this page.

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