iOS 6 Rumors & Predictions
Extra Siri Support – High Probability
There is no logical reason why Apple would not bring Siri to the New iPad (third generation). At present Siri is only available on the iPhone 4S. It is also possible that it could be expanded to the iPod Touch. At present, Siri is very limited. For example it can’t be used to tweet or write a Facebook post. If Apple released Siri for developers to incorporate into their apps the possibilities would be endless.
Widgets – High Probability
At the moment iOS doesn’t offer any kind of widgets. Widgets could be available in two places: the notification center and the lock screen. They could be incorporated with existing apps or in a separate widget store. Widgets could be particularly useful in situations when opening a full app would be a waste of time (checking the weather).
Deep Facebook Integration – High Probability
iOS 5 saw the introduction of deep twitter integration which enables users to tweet features directly from the photos app and allows developers to incorporate it in their apps easily. Facebook however doesn’t have these features embedded into iOS. It would therefore make perfect sense if this came in iOS 6.
Navigation – Maybe
A number of rumors have emerged regarding this possible feature. At the moment iOS has a built in Maps app that is powered by Google Maps. It is very limited and doesn’t offer turn by turn directions. If Apple incorporated Siri into the app and made it available for free I think it could be a big feature over Android.
Improved Multitasking – Maybe
At the moment all apps when exited remain running in the background. Although this doesn’t pose a performance problem it does require you to manually go through and fully exit all of these apps. It would certainly help if there was a quick way to fully quit an app rather than just pause it.
Larger folders to store apps – Low Probability
Lots of people like to organize all their apps into folders based on categories. There is a limit on the number of apps that you are able to store per folder. Larger folders would certainly be a much welcomed feature.
Facetime for other platforms – Low Probability
At present Facetime is only available for iOS devices and Macs. Apple did hint at its launch that it could come to other platforms in the future. This would allow for Facetime calls between different manufacturers.
It would make sense for Apple to initially announce iOS 6 at their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) which is penciled for early June 2012. If Apple keep to their previous time frames, you can expect iOS 6 to be released Autumn 2012.
It is important to remember that iOS still has the same UI (user interface) it had when the original iPhone was released in 2007. In many people’s eyes it is high time for a complete refresh. Another thing to keep in mind is that Apple recently bought Chomp (an app search engine). The team that worked at Chop are now working for iTunes and many rumors have surfaced regarding a revolutionary new way to find apps.
Remember that nothing has been confirmed all views expressed in this article are merely predictions.
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