iOS 6 beta 3 has been out now for around 24 hours, and we’ve been looking around the web, and digging in to our own phones to see what’s new.
1. So much smoother…
It’s not a new feature as such, but, it’s the first of the beta versions to genuinely feel like the finished product in terms of performance. While switching between apps and navigating settings menus was a little sluggish and unresponsive at times in the first two versions, beta 3 seems to make all hesitation disappear. Before it was released yesterday, I was genuinely considering dropping back down to iOS 5. Not anymore. It works great.
2. Maps/Navigation settings
In beta 3 there’s a new dedicated Maps settings menu which includes the ability to change your Navigation Voice volume. You can also change between miles and kilometers: just in case you planning on driving over the border in to Canada, or traveling in Europe. Or anywhere else that isn’t the US or the UK.
3. 3GS gets Shared Photo Stream and VIP Mail loving
If I’m honest, I was very surprised to see that the 3GS was getting iOS 6 at all. And yet, it does. Although I’m sure performance isn’t going to be stellar, it’s nice to see Apple adding support for older phones. On that note: the latest beta includes shared Photo Stream and VIP mailboxes for the 3rd generation iPhone.
4. Mail drafts shortcut
In Mail you can now access your draft messages with a simple action: press and hold the new message button. Once you have, you’ll be swiftly taken to a new “Drafts” screen. Easy as pie.
5. Siri support in AssistiveTouch
AssistiveTouch has been with us since iOS 5, and is an incredibly useful tool for those who have a hard time pressing the screen or need extra tools to help use their phones. The AssistiveTouch menu – pictured above – now includes Siri as well as the usual Home, Favorites and Device options.
6. @iCloud.com email
Yesterday the web was all abuzz with news that Apple would be phasing out the “@me.com” email addresses and replacing them with “@iCloud.com”. We’re not 100% clear on how the transition will take place. At the moment the service is only available to those who have access to the beta iCloud.com site (which I don’t). Presumably, it will become increasingly clear between now and the fall.