iOS 6: All The Best, Hidden Features You Need To Know About

While the major features of iOS 6 are going to steal most of the limelight, there are plenty of awesome features that deserve just as much attention. So we’re bringing to you a list of the best, hidden features of iOS 6.

Password Prompts: 

This is just one of the best additions to iOS 6 I can think of as Apple finally eliminates the need to continuously enter your password more than once per “session.” This. Is. Fantastic.

App Downloads: 

Remember how frustrating it can be to download a new app and immediately get kicked back to your home screen? Well, be frustrated no more as App Store downloads keep you in the App Store and the downloads happen behind the scenes and are there waiting for you when you do return to your home screen. A trivial thing, but a major headache gone.

Landscape Browsing: 

One of the biggest reasons third-party browsers were a success on the iPhone, was in part because of their ability to take advantage of the entire iPhone display real estate. Up until iOS 6, Apple had limited Safari’s ability to enter full screen mode and even now, there are still limitations.

Upon turning the iPhone sideways, a full screen button will appear in the lower right corner. We’d love to see Apple allow this in both landscape and portrait mode, but this is an improvement nonetheless.

Insert Pictures into Mail App:

This new feature in iOS 6 has all us on the TodaysiPhone staff jumping for joy as users can now attach photos from inside the Mail app instead of having to go into the Photos app. Tap on the body of the email and you’ll see a familiar toolbar with an option for “Insert Photo or Video.” This is a feature we would have liked to see Apple include from the very beginnings of the iPhone, but now that we have it, we’re still overjoyed.

App Banners: 

A minor addition to iOS 6 allows new app downloads to receive a “New” sash-like design in the top right counter letting you know which of your app downloads are the newest in your collection. It’s not very functional, but it just might remind you to play that new game.

Pull To Refresh In Mail: 

A small but beautiful improvement for Mail app is the addition of pull to refresh for your inbox. Originally made popular by Tweetie, just drag the inbox list down and snap it back up, voila, new emails!

Custom Email Signatures:

For many of you, including myself, we manage more than one email address and having a separate signature for each address has long been a sore point for the platform. Use bold, italics, and underline to personalize an email signature, one for each email address you have set up on your iPhone or iPad.

Notification Center Additions:

Now included in the notification center screen is an area to “Tap to Tweet” and/or “Tap to Post” for Facebook.

Quick Access To Bluetooth:

Another minor quibble was jumping through the settings menu to turn on Bluetooth, a function I find myself doing more and more with as I use my Logitech keyboard with my iPad. Now, with iOS 6, the Bluetooth settings appear right at the front of the Settings app.

New Sharing Menu In Safari: 

The new sharing menu inside iOS 6 is a much cleaner take on the previous menu, along with a few extras. Instead of the “list” of share options, the new menu shows app icons as share features, along with the ability to “Add to Reading List.” It’s a better look, and a worthwhile improvement.

Song As Alarm:

Hooray for being able to use a song from inside your music library as your alarm. It’s a simple, yet long-awaited addition to iOS and one we plan on using every day.

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  • fickle

    You still can’t make a song your ringtone without a third party app though can you?

  • Tonybabo

    The thing I noticed more then anything is my phone is running faster, a decent amount faster. Also Siri is much improved not one error since I updated to IOS 6 yesterday. So far I’m loving this update. Combined with the IPhone 5 this is truly awesome!!!!

  • JakeWaltner

    You can use iTunes to do it.

  • clamson95

    You can also custom make a vibrate tone, or select from a few vibrate tones they already made…. pretty sweet

  • El Yuki PR

    GREAT!  You’re getting features I have in my Android from the beginning.  IT’S AMAZING!

  • chester131990

    you can also upload videos in youtube. just choose the video you want to upload and click share. given you install the new youtube app

  • serengeti007

    AMAZING! You’re as much of a condescending snob as you’ve accused Apple fans of being from the beginning!  IT’S GREAT!

  • rgallo10

    wow it can browse in landscape how is that possible this is revolutionary I wish android can do that,ohh wait it did years ago.

  • Felmacar

    Android users make me sick.  They always think they are soooo special and keep saying it all the time and trying to put down iPhones… Maybe if you keep saying it, you’ll believe it.  Hear this once again and put it in your mind for once:  iPhone is not about flashy features, it’s about stability, consistency, and reliability… three characteristics that I’ve heard many Android users complain about… Oh well, be happy with your phone, but please, leave everyone else who chooses to have an iPhone happy with their choice.

  • rgallo10

    you can be happy with your I phone, we just hate that Apple thinks everything is revolutionary because it has an Apple logo on it, I’m sure is there was s pile of crap with Apple logo it would be revolutionary, Apple is just arrogant@Felmacar

  • MPriya

     @Felmacar Very true! iPhone means “Stability, consistency, and reliability” which are much more important than rainbow colored screens!
     
     @rgallo10 You gonna have only the phone not the whole organization and its people. Just care about what you gonna get! 
     

  • Felmacar

     @rgallo10  But that is what every company does? Have you been watching Amazon’s presentations of their Kindle Fire? Or Microsoft when they introduce new software?  That’s Public Relations.  I don’t think it’s a sin to be proud of what you make, I don’t think it’s arrogance at all.  However, I respect your opinion.

  • Guest911

     @rgallo10 Agree! My Android does all this shit – after I reset it a few times and bang it against the wall. Apple sucks! Who wants a phone that works. Android is the way to go man – just kick it around and it works just fine for a day or so.

  • MetalHaze

    @JakeWaltner Actually you can use the new version of GarageBand on iOS to make a ringtone for your phone from a song.

  • rgallo10

    I’ve had android since the g1 and 90% of the Times it works fine, and when it doesn’t it’s because it’s rooted and roms that don’t belong on the phone, the last 4 I phone are the same phone and the ios is the same old look add the first version,@Guest911

  • FlyMFer

    correction on the section about full screen in landscape mode . it does work in portrait mode . all you have to do is enable it then flip the screen to portrait .

  • MetalHaze

    @FlyMFer that is 100% FALSE. Fullscreen is landscape only.

  • SquirePatsy

     @serengeti007 So you’re saying condescension and snobbery are the exclusive intellectual domain of fapple and its minions of doom? Other people wanna be jerks too ya know! But this does explain some things.

  • Tonybabo

    I’m glad apple came out with the phone that it did. They added the 4G and gave all the hardware and software the bump up they needed. Usually they add a specific new feature to go along with the new phone, a feature that all it’s competitors mock while running to the backroom to create its own version. For example Samsung coming out with its own version of Siri after trashing it. There version on SGIII was horrible!!! Just saying!! This year there is no reason to run to backroom Apple just improved on its own phone. So now the ball is in other companies like Samsung, they have a opportunity to really innovate, to create something that changes how we use are devices. I’m not talking about bigger screens, faster processors those things I don’t consider pure innovation I consider that more like evolution of a product. Those type of things don’t take real thought, we can all figure those things occur. I’m talking about putting something in there devices that we haven’t seen before. Apple has done this plenty of times now let’s See what others can do. Apple is strengthening what they already have done to there phones that indicates big plans coming down the road.

    These phone wars remind me a lot of pizza places. I’m from North East and the pizza in NY/NJ/ Philly all those places have great pizza but go almost any other part of country with a few exceptions and its disgusting but they all use the basic same ingredients. That’s how I see Apple compared to these Android phones. These other companies can make there version add this or that but it’s just never the same. SGIII nice phone but I’m sorry it’s just not as good as a IPhone. It just has a cheap feel to it. Android people on here who come to a iPhone site to bash Apple and there customers are like papa johns going into NY and yelling at some of the best pizza places that yours is as good. Just ain’t the truth. Apple innovation is creating its own market, it’s own product that no one else has seen. Samsung and others innovation is taking what Apple makes and adding things to it before Apple does and then call it there own. The new IOS 6, tomorrow the iPhone 5 is going to blow away the competition again not because apple customers are dopes but because you can’t hide quality and real innovation with tape and glue.

  • Jediscum01

    @Tonybabo man that was a good post. Total agreement from me

  • LuisDelgado0673

    @pistol562 what the fuck vato y is there a yellow truck on ur profile you work for UPS huey

  • pistol562

    @LuisDelgado0673 haha that’s when I went 2 the truck rodeo , but yellow don’t exist no more. That picture is vintage c’mon

  • LuisDelgado0673

    @pistol562 vintage lol … Overnite and motorcargo r vintage c’mon

  • BrandonCollins1

    @Felmacar its not about the features its about you iPhone people waiting a year acne getting a phone with updates we have been enjoying all along if you are happier with a phone that is prettier and out of date when it launches then good for you but all those android bugs you hear about are really a thing if the past or people expecting top performance from a low end phone.

  • Tuliomesa82

    Lol the flame wars are funny. I just got an iphone 4 that has ios 4.3.3 preloaded and damn talk about the lack of features compared to my android phone. I guess people will hate on android because they think of ots android its bound to be buggy. Let me remind you the bugs found in ios 4 and 5. If there was such thing as the perfect ios then we wouldnt be on ios 4.3.3 or ios 5.1.1 you get the point? Same goes with android we have 2.1 2.2 2.3 ect.. all os have bugs. Ios doesnt implement features android has because if it did do it from ios 1 they wouldnt have any new features to sell to the consumer. People think and look back what are you really buying with your iphone? Nothing but outdated features. Apple is a master of manipulation. They keep features away from you add it to the next iphone and make u think you need them. Look at siri it only works with the 4s when its been shown it works perfectly with the 3gs. Maybe now you will understand why android fans hate apple. They make you think you need the new iphone to get the new feature hence siri etc. android doesnt make you do that.

  • Frank

    The only good thing to come out about the time of ios6 is the new iphone. Other than that I cant help but be a little disappointed with the lackluster features released and very annoyed that they removed google maps and youtube! Wow, they finally gave us a clock with the Ipad (think about that for a second)… on top of that I had already bought a clock app from the app store, do I get a refund?
     
    I’m starting to get cold feet with apple not looking to upgrade all the apple products I already have. This could be a dealbreaker for me.

  • Jediscum01

    @BrandonCollins1 the iPhone isn’t out of date. Also people can care less about what feature you’ve had for years. Who care? When people go buy a phone the want what works for them, and can care less about what u think

  • Rayburnkc

    @iPodsibilities loved this article . Thanks for sharing!

  • EarlyCollegeMC

    @randylindquist I just updated my iPhone yesterday with iOS :)

  • randylindquist

    @EarlyCollegeMC iOS 6 is a pretty nice update.

  • EarlyCollegeMC

    @randylindquist I like the multiple email signatures feature! Hope you’re having a great week :)