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iOS 6: What you need to know

Macworld Staff | June 14, 2012
It’s been a busy start to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference: Not only was Monday’s keynote jam-packed with information, but the company continued to release products and programs throughout the day—enough to make anyone’s head reel a bit.

You’ll also be able to add photos or video from your camera roll by tapping and holding on the body of your message.

What’s new in Safari?

Four things: iCloud tabs, which allow you to see what pages are open on your other iCloud-enabled devices; an offline version of your Safari Reading List, so you can read articles when you’re not connected to the internet; image and video upload in Web forms; and full-screen mode for websites when you’re in landscape mode.

Social and sharing

So iOS 6 will support Facebook, huh?

Looks like. Facebook has received the Twitter treatment in iOS 6: Users will be able to post status updates from Notification Center or with Siri; share photos, locations, and high scores; link contacts to their Facebook profiles; and Like apps, songs, albums, and movies from the App Store and iTunes Store apps (more or less replacing Ping, which appears destined for the boneyard).

What’s this I hear about photo sharing?

If you have an iCloud account, you can create shared Photo Streams to distribute amongst friends and family. Just select a group of pictures, tell iCloud who to share them with, and your images will be sent to their iOS 6 devices, Mountain Lion-running Macs, and the Web, where friends can download them and leave comments.

Do shared Photo Streams count against my 5GB iCloud storage limit?

Nope. Like Photo Stream itself, this feature works separately from that limit.

What’s Passbook? Why would I use it?

Passbook is a way for retailers, ticket vendors, and airlines to give you electronic tickets and loyalty cards. Companies can create Passbook files for your tickets and such, which you can add to your Passbook app; when you arrive at a concert, they get scanned or registered like a printable ticket. On top of that, tickets and loyalty cards can use your location and the time to let you know when you’re near a place or when your flight’s set to take off. If you have something like a boarding pass, it can update wirelessly if there’s a delay or gate change.



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