by Brent Dirks
June 1, 2012
With a little less than two weeks before WWDC begins in San Francisco, more information is apparently leaking out about iOS 6. A "credible source" has talked to iDownloadBlog about what to expect in the new version of the operating system for iOS devices. And if the information is correct, the major change in the new OS will be confined to the stock Apple apps with no huge shakeups to core features. If you're one of the users that have been pining for major home screen changes or widgets, you'll probably be disappointed. According to the site's source, the home screen is "exactly the same," and there will be no widgets. Also, the information leaked regarding the Maps app is correct. But there will be no more surprises like turn-by-turn navigation.
Given Android's strong focus on navigation, I asked if iOS 6 would let me speak aloud a desired location while the device is locked and instantly get actionable directions, bypassing altogether the tedious 'unlock, run an app, tap-tap-tap' procedure. "Maps is completely leaked out", my source quipped. "Nothing more to add".Thanks to a complete re-write of the stock iOS apps from the ground up, Apple will apparently deliver some interesting new enhancements.
Instead, some "really big stuff" is to be expected in just about every stock iOS app, each holding major surprises and much improved capabilities. "Basically, you wont know it is iOS 6 until you launch apps", the sourced pointed out.Both Camera and Photos are apparently two apps that will see big changes with the new version of iOS. After talking to the source, the site also surmises that multitasking might be in line for another upgrade. But, the changes might be hardware-dependent and available only for users of the new iPad and next-generation iPhone. WWDC is June 11-15. The new version of the operating system is expected to be unveiled during the conference's opening keynote on that Monday. Source: iDownloadBlog