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iOS 6's Smaller Changes: Custom Email Alerts, 'Find My Friends' Geofencing and More

As is typical when previewing a new operating system, on Monday Apple's Scott Forstall showed off 10 main features of iOS 6 including improvements to Siri, Facebook Integration, a new Maps app, and a Do Not Disturb mode.

However, there is a lot more to the next iPhone operating system than that. A slide shown at the end of Monday's keynote displayed a number of new features that didn't warrant full keynote coverage but are still worth mention to iOS users:

- Users can now set custom email alerts for any of their VIP contacts.

- Turning Bluetooth on and off is much quicker than it was in iOS 5. Bluetooth controls are now located in first page of System Preferences, next to the Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode controls.

- The iPad gains a native Clock app with similar function to the iPhone version.

- Users no longer need to enter their password to update apps -- only when purchasing an app for the first time. Additionally, users aren't kicked to the home screen when buying or updating an app in the App Store.

- Newly downloaded apps gain a temporary 'New' banner on the icon to make them easier to pick them out.

- Geofencing alerts have been added to Find My Friends. One possible use, suggested by Macworld: "If you’re one of the many workers who carpools, you can set up a geofence on the driver to let you know when they leave their house."

- In iOS 5, the color of the menu bar would change depending on what was happening in the background -- green for a phone call or blue for Personal Hotspot. In iOS 6 those colors still exist, but the menu bar changes color to better complement the app. has more on how Apple color-matches the menu bar.

- One of the most unnecessary additions to iOS 6 is also one of the most telling. Apple has made the metallic volume slider in the iPod app and elsewhere change its reflection as the iPhone is tilted -- as if it were actually reflecting light. While some may say it's a waste of engineering resources, this shows Apple's incredible attention to detail.

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74 months ago
Staying in the App store after making a purchase, yaaaay!!!!
Rating: 58 Votes
74 months ago
I would love the ability to double tap the home button and swipe past the music, swipe past the volume and get to a brightness slider. It would also be better to have a toggle for wifi and bluetooth in that swipe tray as well.

oh well.....
Rating: 37 Votes
74 months ago
It's little things like the metallic slider that fuel the iPhone's unmatched success.
Rating: 31 Votes
74 months ago
such a tiny feature, but that metallic slider sure is pretty damn clever :p
Rating: 29 Votes
74 months ago

... Additionally, users aren't kicked to the home screen when buying or updating an app in the App Store.

That alone makes me happy. It's always been a bit of an annoyance to me.
Rating: 18 Votes
74 months ago
guest account?

i'm not in the market for an iPad at the moment, but if i ever get one i would love to have the presence of a guest account.

the iPad sure would be left on the coffee table for everyone else to be used, but i wouldn't want anyone to have access to my personal stuff like pictures and messages and such.
Rating: 18 Votes
74 months ago

Something's wrong when a company doesn't have time to check for serious security issues but spend effort on adding animated reflection to a god damn button.

I'm sure the volume slider reflection engineer is a real wiz at security. Any way, your analogy is off. Apple are the the restaurant where the food looks like a painting but tastes great, and its busy as hell.
Rating: 17 Votes
74 months ago
Changing the anisotropic angles with the tilt is fairly awesome. Sure, it serves no great purpose, but I can't believe people complain about it.
Rating: 16 Votes
74 months ago
Geofencing could be huge. Driving around town.. pass a location.. triggers an action. Maybe triggers a phone call. "Hey Siri, when I pass the bridge, call work to let them know... blah blah."

Use your imagination. Geofencing = awesome.
Geofencing + smarter Siri = :eek:
Rating: 14 Votes
74 months ago
I've already heard Android fans screaming about how unnecessary the slider reflection is and how it just "wastes cycles." Strange, given that it's those same people who defend animated wallpapers, widgets and apps that create animated effects on the homescreen (my wife's old Android phone used to show weather effects on the homescreen, for example.)


Oh I've been asking for a clock app ever since the iPad came out and Apple now finally thinks they should add the same functions of their other premium product (iPhone) to their second most money making device (iPad). iPad 2 and 3 get a clock and iPad 3 can finally work as a personal hotspot. To bad these are hardware restrictions, now I really feel like I need to upgrade from my iPad 1...oh wait? I rather not but any iPad again because I will probably get screwed over again by Apple.

I feel your pain. Too bad there's not some App Store or something like that with hundreds of free clock apps. This is so outrageous! Especially after Apple tricked us all by promising a super-awesome clock app on the iPad. Apple truly has become evil. Evil, I tell ya. Evil!

The drama is what keeps me coming back to MacRumors.
Rating: 13 Votes

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