Here’s another nicety I’ve noticed in iOS 6. It no longer capitalizes the the first letter of a word following an abbreviation with a period. In iOS 5, the iPhone would have capitalized the “f” in “for” above. iOS 6 recognizes “appt.” as an abbreviation, not the end of the sentence, and keeps the lower-case “f”. I love it.
Apple enhanced the sharing features with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. In addition to options like email and text, users can now share with Facebook, Twitter and more, directly from the share menu. It’s very handy but also posted a challenge to developers: how to display every option in a way that’s not cluttered or overwhelming. The team succeeded by replacing the text-based list with a grid of icons.
What’s available varies between applications and scenarios. In this post, I’ll look at the various share menus in iOS 6 and point out the similarities and differences. Let’s get started.
Apple introduced Do Not Disturb with the new iPhone and iOS 6. It lets you prevent incoming text messages, notifications and alerts from making noise during a custom time period. It’s so very useful.
For starters, my iPhone no longer wakes me with scoring updates from late-night West Coast baseball games. Do Not Disturb is also great during meetings, when interruptions are absolutely unwelcome, as well as public events or even time you’ve set time aside to be “unplugged” (remember that?). Or maybe you’re just an anti-social misanthrope who still wants an iPhone. In any case, here’s how to get the most out of Do Not Disturb for iPhone.
“It seems to me that Passbook is a clever idea, but honestly having my eTicket with the QR code emailed to me (or just using the one displayed in the United app) would have been simpler. Once you get the ticket into Passbook it is a nice experience, but adding stuff to Passbook isn’t intuative. In fact, once I had my 2 tickets to CA in Passbook I didn’t have the option to add anything else to Passbook from within the app itself since the App Store button was no longer displayed.”
Apple’s Reminders app for iOS 6 is a huge improvement over the already great original. I’ve been using this app since it debuted and it’s become indispensable. The current update provides more information, offers faster input and eliminates my pet peeve. Here’s why I love Reminders for iPhone.
Faster Reminder Creation
You can now add details to a reminder as you create it. Previously, you had to create the reminder, tap out of it and then tap back in to add details. Now, a disclosure triangle appears as you’re typing. Tap it to add a reminder location, date or time. Thank you, Apple! That was my pet peeve with this app and I’m so happy it’s been fixed.
New List, Swiping
The screen of completed items has changed as well. The list and date buttons are now gone, as are the small buttons indicating the number of active lists. The former creates a tidy appearance while the latter is my only disappointment with this new version. I liked that subtle visual queue.
I noticed two nice changes to some audio playback buttons in iOS 6. First, if you’re listening to a podcast or an audio book and the display goes to sleep, double-tap the Home button to bring up basic audio controls right on the lock screen. That’s not new, but what is new are the buttons that let you jump ahead or back 15 seconds at a time.
Likewise, you can double-tap the Home button while the display is active to reveal the list of running apps. Scroll to the far right to find the audio playback controls. Again, they aren’t unique to iOS 6, but the 15-second jump buttons — back and ahead — are. Neat.