At WWDC Apple’s presentation of iOS 6 was naturally full of jabs and jokes at Android’s expense. The comparisons between Android Ice Cream Sandwich and iOS were stark. With over 365 million iOS devices sold worldwide, and a near monopoly over the market- Android has only 7% of the pie- Apple has earned cocky. Give Android time though and they’ll most likely start taking a bigger bite out of Apple’s user-ship.
The new iOS 6 boasts over 200 new features, 8 of which we are now privy to. Naturally. Siri has been updated with OpenTable, Meteron, Rotten Tomatoes and other apps integrated into its system. It also added new languages to its repertoire including Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese etc. Siri also works with the new mapping system and is working on her sense of humor.
Apple also introduced Eyes Free which allows you to simply press a button in your car and link to Siri. You can update your twitter, Facebook or ask for directions via the new mapping system. iOS 6 has improved its Facebook app, Games Center and added a “do not disturb feature” as well as a “lost” feature. FaceTime got an update that allows it to work with WiFi and 3 G and up. Photostream, a new Facebook-esque photo sharing, commenting, social network-ish app, will also appear in iOS 6.
Another interesting new app, called Passbook, collects all your ticket stubs in one place and makes life a heck of a lot easier for frequent travelers and movie buffs. Amtrak, United Airlines, Fandango and more ticket sellers are linked into the app.
All in all, it was a pretty interesting display of iOS 6′s new features. We hope to learn more in the coming days.