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Apple's iOS 6: What we know

Ian Paul | Aug. 13, 2012
Apple didn't lay out all its secret plans for iOS 6 during the company's sneak peek at the next version of iOS in June. But since then, reports have trickled in detailing a number of interesting new features built into the latest beta versions of iOS 6 distributed to app developers.

Resolution Bump

Another recent 9to5 Mac discovery suggests iOS 6 will support a new resolution of 640 by 1136.

That resolution would allow Apple to put a 4-inch screen on the next iPhone without overly distorting apps running on current iPhone displays.

Password-free Gratis Apps

Downloading free apps, app updates, or an app you previously deleted will not require password authentication, according to numerous online reports from late July. The new feature will be a welcome addition for anyone with a particularly long or hard to remember password.

But as my colleague Tony Bradley reports, some security concerns may be attached to password-free downloads.

No YouTube

The iPhone's YouTube app will be the next casualty in the ongoing battle between Apple and Google. A standard part of the iPhone since the handset's debut in 2007, Apple plans to dump the YouTube app in iOS 6.

Apple says the company's license to include the YouTube app has expired, and obviously won't be renewed, but Google is supposedly working on a new YouTube app to be distributed through Apple's App Store.

AT&T Punch in the FaceTime

AT&T customers may pay extra for the privilege of using iOS 6's previously announced FaceTime over cellular capability.

During a test of the new FaceTime functionality in iOS 6 beta 3 using an AT&T-locked iPhone, iDownloadBlog discovered a pop-up window with instructions on how to activate FaceTime over cellular.

The pop-up didn't say the service included an extra cost, but it's a pretty safe bet that AT&T is at least thinking about charging an extra convenience fee for anyone using FaceTime over 3G. Interestingly, iDownloadBlog didn't have the same experience with a Verizon-enabled iPad running iOS 6.

 

 

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