Apple iOS 6

Verge Review

A review of iOS 6 is not a review of revolution, but of refinement. iOS has been the gold standard for smartphones and tablets since the day it was first introduced, and Apple's resisted the urge to make any radical changes, instead slowly polishing it with each successive version. That means iOS 6 is recognizably the same basic operating system that shipped on the original iPhone in 2007, while its biggest competitor, Android, looks completely different from what Google started with in 2008. ...

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Version 6.0

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Software type Operating system
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Version 6.0

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8.4

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by danielfoe_ (Currently owns)

    I am still running iOS 6.1.4 right now and I’m not thinking of upgrading to iOS 7 soon.
    I actually think that having the new „Control Center“ and other stuff would be very nice.
    But over all I just hate the look the ecspecially the new icon-set of iOS 7.
    Maybe Apple will add some nice new Features to it in the feature.
    Otherwise I will see myself forced sticking with iOS 6 a little much longer!

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    Reviewed by chrismo2001 (Currently owns)

    Apple takes everything great about its OS and makes it better. From the notification panel, multitasking, the App Store and iMessage Apple makes long strides to make a reliable OS even better.

    Although I do agree that the OS does need a design refresh, The fact that Apple after all this time has improved their existing OS is still makes it very reliable and very easy to use to this day is an incredible feat that not many developers get.

    In comparison to other operating systems, Apples iOS is the most reliable and still easy to use and still the number one choice to develop on.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by doctorwhofan98 (Currently owns)

    There are both great things and terrible things about iOS 6. Firstly, the good things: it's ever so fast and the app selection is unbeatable. From Vine to Fantastical to Clear, iOS is really the ecosystem to beat. This is why it's my mobile OS of choice. The negatives? No multiple user account support on the iPad, no good productivity support on the iPad, the rather stale grid of icons and no ability to set default apps (e.g. Chrome instead of Safari and Mailbox instead of Mail). Overall, it's a great OS.

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    Reviewed by AussieCamper (Currently owns)

    Although iOS 6 is a minor upgrade in terms of new features, it adds many new touches that enhance the way that I use my device. Features like the music app (OMG SO NICE) and the Shared Photo Streams and enhanced Siri (she actually works now!) make it better. The Apple Maps aren't as bad as they are made out to be (at least in my area,) but the actual app is a bit annoying (it always tilts all my satellite pictures to the side, dammit!) Although there is one part that I really like: that blue bar that always looks weird before is now a softer colour with a nice gradient : - )

    The End Descision: Upgrade or not: UPGRADE!
    Score: 9/10 (lose one point for annoying Maps, try harder next time Cupertino)

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    Reviewed by scribacco (Currently owns)

    Terrible upgrade. Email hangs all the time, the update feature list updates available but does not show them and the only solution is to restart the phone, sluggish performance, and maps' app is awful. The only good thing is that the internet is faster than the previous OS.If you still have IOS 5 do not upgrade.

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    Reviewed by landredn (Currently owns)

    Really great OS. While not much changed, doesn't change the fact that it is still a great OS. I love the design, features, performance, and the endless amount of apps, music, movies, books, and tv shows you can get from Apple. Not to mention podcasts! I love iOS 6.

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    Reviewed by uncleho (Currently owns)

    People complain that iOS is stale. Not for me, it is still as fresh as ever. And, the design is still amazing. Apple really put a ton of thought in the design and it is apparent. The little things, like the reflections in the volume sliders, or the fact that if you tell Siri to do something for you tomorrow a little after midnight, it will clarify if you meant the actual next day, or the same day (just after you sleep). There are a many number of features and maps has been flawless for me. I pay for Starbucks everyday using Passbook. The performance is unmatched by any other OS as well as the ecosystem. Really a top notch OS and I look forward to iOS 7!

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    Reviewed by andromeduck (Currently owns)

    iOS has really become stale and somewhat of a joke for me, especially when compared to Android, when it comes to both features and design. The Sukomorphic UI elements annoy me to no end, especially when they end up hogging up precious screen space.

    iOS is still the best thing there is when it comes to 3'rd party apps though so that's worth something

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    Reviewed by markparker (Currently owns)

    iOS six. Thats six iteration cycles, six+ years of development, and to be frank, six points of failure.

    iOS is a beloved mobile OS, with its elegant feel and powerful APIs, all captured within arguably the best hardware. But thats just the thing. iOS can no longer expect to be touted as the great OS just because it has a history that is consistent with high marks. Don't get me wrong, iOS is polished, relatively smooth, and back by the best ecosystem. It handles most daily task with ease and has a consistent feel throughout most task. Its reliable but it shows its age. iOS lacks the ability to show me information that I may not know I need. It is its greatest strength and weakness in that, it is never overwhelming to use but feels like my phone has a simple minded dwarf at the helm.

    At times, I wonder if I really am using the most current operating system. The home screen is littered with icons, something that I fought for years while a Windows user. I find myself burdened with the task of opening an app to obtain simple information like 'are there any new tweets'. I often question the lack of certain obvious features, like a list view for all apps and a 'search the app store' option for finder. Ultimately, I have lost faith that I am using the most power mobile OS.

    iOS 6 is nearly that same OS that we have been running on i-devices for years, which can be a blessing for some, but I consider it to be boring and outright dull. Sure, iOS 6 has a few new features, but thats not my chief complaint. Maps are problematic at times, but to be honest, the maps in iOS 5 were not the high caliber Google Maps that Android has had access to. The notification drawer still only allows for two widgets: stocks and weather. Icons are still static. The lock screen lacks any innovation (except with maps running). I am still unable to select a default browser, mail client, or mapping program. And finally, iOS 6 still handles notification just as crudely as iOS 5, covering my active app screen, and without any type of direct ability to interact with the notification or even swipe it away.

    I am hopeful for iOS 7, but its time Apple steps up and takes a few risks. I have never owned an Android device and I know some of my complaints could be resolved on Android, but thats not the point of my review. Apple needs to continue the search for the best mobile OS, because despite their enormous war chest of cash, their product lacks ingenuity.

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    Reviewed by Mr Prickle Pants (Currently owns)

    Most polished of the 3 main OS offerings, with the best quality ecosystem. Right down to the pixels, this is a wonderfully-crafted OS update, hitting most of the low-hanging feature requests. For the mainstream, this is the platform to be on. My favourite feature of iOS6 would probably be iCloud and iMessage syncing across devices, including Mac OS X. This is simply a wonderful time-saver and elegant means of integrating all of my devices (e.g. messages sent to my iPhone number are received at my Macbook Pro).

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