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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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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  2. urbanj macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2008
    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.....
  3. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    Very nice, all those little fixes seem to have fixed all the iOS annoyances. Good job Apple! :)

    So, Apple's patent for "time of day based shadows" for lack of a better term, is actually real?! Holy **** that's awesome!
  4. MOKHAN macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2011
    Toronto, Canada
    It's little things like the metallic slider that fuel the iPhone's unmatched success.
  5. lmddawson macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    such a tiny feature, but that metallic slider sure is pretty damn clever :p
  6. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    Staying in the App store after making a purchase, yaaaay!!!!
  7. owine macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2008
    Have to mention the addition of per account email signatures. Been clamoring for this for a long time.
  8. jclardy macrumors 68030


    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm still waiting for background process indicators.

    Essentially, if an app is actively navigating (Like maps or Navigon) it gets a little circle icon (Like the notification number in the top right) in the top left with the navigation arrow. Likewise they could add ones for general background processing (a gear), background downloads (a spinning activity indicator?), music (a quarter note) and any of the other "active" background modes.

    This would help immensely to help users distinguish apps that are actively using resources in the background versus ones that just have a saved state. Also there are still many apps that don't implement background downloads, and so when I leave the app during a download the only way to tell if it is continuing is by opening the app and checking if the progress bar has moved.
  9. marty1980 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE

    I like this line that I found on the slide => "IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE"

    The LTE being the important thing to take note of. I think everyone already assumes that the next round of iDevices are going to include an LTE option (phones won't have an option). This is one of the first official documents that I've seen of Apple confirming LTE support in iOS.

    This is great for me since AT&T has launched it's LTE network in my area and I've been off contract since August 2011. So I'm ready for an upgrade, but I'm holding off for the new iPhone.
  10. drblank macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2006
    Knowing Apple, it probably didn't take much time to do, so someone probably figured it was worthwhile since it was probably easy to write the code.
  11. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    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.
  12. applebro24 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    Las Vegas
  13. connorstanton macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    Clock has a new icon too (even-width hands in iOS 6 compared to tapered hands in iOS 5).
  14. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I'm not sure I would say there is a fanaticism to detail. This is more of a case of Apple doing something clever for the sake of being clever. Attention to detail would be if they noticed something was a pixel off and fixed it. Changing something that wasn't broken to something that has a "cool" effect is something but it's not attention to detail. Attention to detail would be fixing Bluetooth File Exchange, which still in 10.7.4, has not been fixed. It's an advertised feature of Lion, yet the entire UI was broken by the Lion update and has never been touched by Apple's hands as far as I can tell during the Snow Leopard to Lion transition. Attention to detail would be making fullscreen Pages mode actually fill the screen and give you a toolbar, rather than presenting a document letterboxed on all sides with no toolbar.

    If anything, I think Apple's attention to detail has decreased over the last 5 years when it comes to software.
  15. marcusj0015 macrumors 65816

    Aug 29, 2011
    They most likely support IPv6 over LTE because it's a requirement with Verizon.
  16. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    I think I will install ios 6 on my shiny new iPad 3 just for the clock...
  17. a.jfred macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Austin, TX
    That alone makes me happy. It's always been a bit of an annoyance to me.
  18. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I wonder if the engineer had to ask permission to do that, or if he just went, "Hey it would be cool if it did this" and just did it lol
  19. nostaws macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2006
  20. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Awesome details. The magnificence of Apple is in the details. Genius is in the details in everything else in life and art.

    I love Apple.
  21. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    While these are all welcomed additions, can't help but to be disappointed by the improvements that weren't made.

    - Multitask switching would greatly benefit from an Expose style switcher (especially on iPad).
    - Quick settings changes accessible in Notification Center (like wifi, vpn, brightness).

    iOS 6 is going to seem behind on productive functionality compared to Windows 8 RT tablets that will be out in fall. I in no way prefer Windows, but I do like their side-by-side metro apps feature. I used to try to type research papers on the iPad. Extremely annoying having to swipe back and forth incessantly as I go from Kindle/Safari to Pages.
  22. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    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.
  23. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    I think it's "better complement the app", not compliment.
  24. bdkennedy1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    I don't think Apple spent any resources on that reflective button. It's more likely an intern wrote it or someone else as an extracurricular project.
  25. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Visible reflection is like an overt Easter egg. I understand Eater eggs are "no longer allowed", but one wonders how many get through anyway. Probably more in the dev releases than the public ones, eh?

    I also wonder what the process is for "gee wiz" features. They certainly include quite a few as the "200 new features" and focus on the utility ones during Keynotes.

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