I upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 today.I am not particularly known for being patient, so when I found the upgrade package I downloaded it and upgraded as soon as I could.
First attempt was a complete failure, necessitating a restore of the phone, but second time around everything went just smooth. Why it didn’t succeed the first time, I don’t know since I did exactly the same steps both times, but anyway.
What is new on an iPhone 4? First of all, the YouTube app is gone, and so is the Google powered Map application, the latter having been replaced by an Apple-provided in-house developed map application.
Several apps have gotten a face-lift, primarily the iTunes app and the App Store app. Facebook integration is present in most apps, and there are a lot of small features built in here and there. For a more complete listing of the new features in iOS 6, check out Apples’ site.
In the gallery below I show some of the new apps and redesigns, and give my comments on each picture.
- When iOS 6 has finished installing on the iPhone it will look like this
- The ugrade is complete, and there is only a few more steps before finishing the process
- Here you select which accounts you want to be contaced through as well as the phone number to use with FaceTime
- The upgrade is complete and you are now ready to use the "most advanced mobile OS" in the world
- One new setting is easily spotted: Do not disturb
- The map app is new, so I tested out my home-work route. It seems it is powered by Tomtom
- The iTunes store has gotten a make over - here the norwegian version
- And here is the US version of the new iTunes store app, Music selected
- The Movies substore looks like this
- And this is what the TV-shows section looks like
- I then searched for some of my favorite podcasts from the TWiT network
- The "More" section looks more or less like before, minus the Podcast and iTunes U section which are now separate apps
- This is what the "Purchased" section with Movies selected looks like
- One of the new features of iOS 6 is the ability to share from within apps. If I wanted to share something about this movie, these are my options
- Next app out is the App store, which also have been redesigned
- This is what the charts view in the App store now looks like
- One part of the App store that has been truly improved is the Update section
- You are no longer yanked out of the update and to your home screens, but can see the progress directly within the app
- One more view of the share function, this time in the Pictures app
- The Video app looks like before, here the shared library view
- The Calendar app has been updated to the new iOS 6 UI as well
- One new app that has been touted is Passbook. I understand what it is supposed to do, but there isn't much there (in Norway) at the moment
- The Mail app has also been updated, although more subtly so. What's new here?
- Managing email in the Mail app is still extremely tedious. What about a select all function, Apple? And a spam-filter? It is 2012!
- Here the share/context menu in Safari
So what is missing on the iPhone 4? Siri is still not here, neither the ability to make FaceTime calls over cellular data networks. Made for iPhone hearing aids is not available, and neither is the panorama feature of the Photo app. In the new Map app, flyover and turn by turn navigation is not available for the iPhone 4.
So what then is my conclusion? For a totally free upgrade this is a no-brainer, even with all the missing features from iOS 6. I recommend you get the update as soon as it becomes available. Apple touts this as the most modern mobile OS there is. I do not agree, but iOS has been improved upon, and version 6 is really something to get. That said, some of the things missing from the iPhone 4 is a mystery to me. Why no FaceTime over cellular? Unfathomable! Another point of contention for me is the fact that this update is not available for my first generation iPad. They do provide some of the features of iOS 6 for the iPhone 3GS, so why not the iPad 1? Don’t ask me, it does not make any sense.
What do you think? Is iOS 6 something you want, or like? What is your opinion on the missing features? Let me know in the comments below.