Right and wrong features due in iOS 6

Right and wrong features due in iOS 6

Summary: Following last week's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), a number of developers are shining a bit of light on which iOS new features look good and which may need more work.


Following last week's Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), a number of developers are shining a bit of light on which iOS new features look good and which may need more work.

Most of the press reports on iOS 6 have focused on the dueling mapping technologies of Apple and Google. You might find interesting a post by iOS developer Ole Begemann on the importance of Google in the use and development of online maps and the championing of technologies such as Street View.

At Use Your Loaf, Keith Harrison posted that the new In-App Purchase API will help out developers.

One of the things that can make In-App Purchase (IAP) a pain to implement is the need to host the extra content on an external server. It always surprised me that Apple did not want to control the whole experience and host the extra content along with the App on their servers. Now with iOS 6 they will do exactly that, which should make IAP more attractive to many App developers.

In the same post, he wondered about the hardware requirements of iOS 6 and its performance:

We don’t yet know what new hardware might arrive to run iOS 6 but we did learn that iOS 6 will not be available on the original iPad. I was a little surprised to see that it will be available on the iPhone 3GS and fourth generation iPod Touch. I have to wonder how well it will work on those older devices with limited memory and processor power, but it seems odd that they would support the 3GS but not the first iPad?

As an owner of the first-generation iPad, I wondered this myself. A memory issue?

At Cocoanetics, Oliver Drobnik presented a list of tweeted best features. Drobnik says Passbook should be at the top of list.

Like Benjamin Stevens, I look forward to the Do Not Disturb feature, which has caught me flat-fingered at inopportune times. And the new Bluetooth interface is greatly improved.

“I like that Do Not Disturb feature. Often woken by friends playing Words with Friends in other time zones” – Benjamin Stevens

However, developer Clark Goble at Clark's Tech Blog looks at what he says are failings in iOS that haven't been fixed, including interapplication communication, multiple IDs and iBook support for OS X.

Keyboard support in iOS. It’s great that iOS supports external keyboards but it does so poorly. Standard Mac shortcuts don’t work. But it’s also difficult for developers to read the keyboard in the same way (key down, key up). Further Apple doesn’t make tabbing between fields easy. (This may be fixed in iOS6 – I’ve not run the betas, but I’ve not heard anything about this)

Multiple Apple IDs. A HUGE issue now that lots of people share things like iPads. At a minimum there needs to be a simple way to merge Apple IDs.

Goble also wonders why there isn't a GPS radio installed in OS X mobile computers.

GPS for OSX. If the solution for folks who find the iPad too restrictive is an [MacBook] Air then why not give the Air and MBP [MacBook Pro] the same GPS capabilities along with the same Maps program?

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Apps, iPad, Mobile OS, Mobility, Software Development

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  • Tabbing

    Yep, FileMakerGo can't tab between fields and buttons in iOS. I hope that's fixed soon!
    • No tab key - arrogance at its height

      Guess I should count myself lucky that Apple designers didn't decide that the backspace key wasn't really necessary either - maybe one of them had a typo and put that on their feature list. I'm also thankful they included the "Z" also cuz I need that to sign my last name.

      Anyway, it's back to my Android I go - Samsung Galaxy actually. Really looking forward to the MS tablet.

      Thanks Apple for making what used to be a simple typing task and making it impossible.
  • Much as I like my iPad ...

    ... Apple has some major design flaws, such as the limit of 10 apps (non-selectable) to open your files (e.g. PDFs). How stupid is this?

    I hope Jobs' demise does not mean the end of quality in Apple.
  • iOS6 and 1st Gen iPad

    I can tell you (as a Developer) that iOS 6 does not work on the 1st gen iPad for a wide variety of reasons, most of it is hardware related. No Retina Display. No Siri support, and messaging.
    • Flawed analogy

      The iPad 2 does not have a retina display either, nor any Siri support (and won't after 6.0 comes out)...and both the first and second generations had similar messaging capabilities, so your list makes no sense. There may be other hardware limitations, such as memory or processing speed ( which are much more likely), but the ones you mentioned are definitely not factors.
  • iOS 6 Features

    It's interesting to know Apple replace Google map with their own 3D map feature, will it be beneficial ?. I think may be with the next generation iPhone and i like the Siri enhancements. [url=http://www.downloadredsn0w.com/]iOS 6 News[/url]
  • IOS 6

    With such minor updates (well minor becuase they are not really going above & beyond like when they first came out) and same UI, how long does Apple have before it gets over thrown by the rest of the world like when it happen Apple vs. PC? When I say the rest of the world I mean pretty much all hardware companies are pretty much backing up Android and now Microsoft (world dominant OS & office suite) is going to hit the PC/cell/real tablets market. With Apple not meeting some expectations it just makes it easier for people to leave their over price products behind. For example the company I work for (50+ employees) were looking into renewing cell contracts and when it came to money$ & features Apple was just not meeting some expectations (discounts$ or features 4G & bigger screens) but yet these other cell had the discounts & feautures. So now that Microsoft will be out this year with their new products and we all know how Microsoft likes to throw money away when it comes to supporting it's product (for example Xbox now world dominant entertainment console (Wii does not count)) with such great software (Office Suite). How long does Apple have before it gets left behind like in the Personal Computer era?