July 17, 2012
The arrival this week of iOS 6 beta 3 to developers comes with it at least two new features not present in previous beta releases. These include a new tool for Siri users, as well as more settings for Apple’s new Maps app. Still, one previously rumored feature seems to have gone missing.
SiriApple’s must-maligned voice recognition software continues to evolve in iOS 6. In the latest beta, Siri is now an available option for AssistiveTouch, Apple’s built-in technology for those that have difficulty touching the screen or require an adaptive accessory. In this case, users can create gesturing tools with Siri in mind. This follows previously announced changes to Siri, including integration of sports and movie listing capabilities. We thank reader Patrick for bringing this new feature to our attention.
MapsMeanwhile, users can now change the volume for Map’s navigation voice, and also switch distances between miles and kilometers. This switch is especially helpful for U.S. travelers who head to Canada or Mexico each year on business or pleasure. And, of course, vice versa. The new Maps feature was first uncovered by MacRumors. As reported earlier this year, Apple is no longer using Google's mapping technology in iOS 6. Instead, Cupertino's native Maps app uses technology from TomTom and Yelp, among others.
PodcastsFinally, remember the “redeem” button in Apple’s Podcast app in iOS 6 beta 2? It’s gone in the latest beta. This could either mean fee-based podcasts are not coming with iOS 6, or, at least with this beta, Apple has eliminated the option for testing purposes. We’re actively looking for more iOS 6 beta 3 features and will keep you updated. Apple is expected to unveil iOS 6 to the public later this fall. What iOS 6 features are you most excited about?