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Looks like they didn't print the banner out for nothing -- as anticipated, it's not just refreshed MacBook Airs or Mountain Lion getting the red carpet treatment at today's World Wide Developer's Conference keynote. Cupertino has also taken the shiny cling wrap off of the latest version of iOS. What's new? Well at least 200 things!
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VIP Mail filtering – Every professional has some contacts that are more important than others. Your boss, certain employees that report to you, high-profile clients/customers, and key suppliers or consultants are some examples. These are often people who you need to hear from regardless of what else is going on. The new VIP feature in Mail allows you to easily designate those people as VIPs. Messages from get special treatment including notifications in your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen ensuring that you know immediately if there is a problem, a change in plans, or other information that you need to act on quickly.
Finally. I don't expect this iteration to be as powerful as the Blackberry's email alert system but at least it's a start.
 

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One things I wonder about Maps. So its clear that the built-in Map app will use Apple's (actually I hear it is from Tom-Tom). But will any app that displays maps, which now use the Google version, automagically use the new Apple version once iOS 6 is out?
 

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ipad 2 no Siri.

If you go to the Apple site they list what is going to be on the new OS 6 and they say that Siri for the ipad will only be compatible with the ipad 3. This really sucks, just a money grab for Apple.
 

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Maps is appealing, as is iPad Siri/Dictation (especially with Canada support), but the rest of it is really minor.

More like OS5.2 to me, but I'm not complaining...it's still a great mobile ecosphere, and I can appreciate Apple making smaller incremental steps in order to dramatically reduce the OS fragmentation that plagues others.
 

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There is still some fragmentation here, as not all features in iOS6 will work on all devices that can run the OS. Granted, not as much as Apple's primary competitor, but still something to take note of.
 

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Based on the rumors I was expecting Apple to significantly one-up Google in the mapping department.

I suppose this is why I found Apple's maps announcement underwhelming. Especially when it doesn't support a equivalent of the (very handy) street view feature. I really like how Google Navigation switches to street view as you approach your destination.
 

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The new Maps is far less enticing to those of us who already own TomTom on the iPhone.

FYI, I have a navigation app on my Android tablet that also uses the TomTom maps. That app is pretty brain dead - it often misses shorter routes, and seems to be missing streets.

Last weekend in Owen Sound, I used both my iPhone and my tablet to see what route to take from the farm we were at, to Harrison Park - and the iPhone's route was shorter, faster, and used a street that the Android app did not seem to know about.

Therefore, an app that uses TomTom maps is not necessarily better. Getting updates to the maps, and having a good routing engine, are just as important.

My conclusion is that Apple will work the TomTom angle on their navigation app, but that does not guarantee that it will be any better than the app it replaces.....
 

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IMO, Apple is making the changes for the better. I am curious how many complaints Apple would get if they didn't change anything? Unless you develop apps, not sure what the big deal is to having to update your apps. Every 3 or 4 days I update all my apps on iTunes, so the next time my devices sync, they will be updated also. Takes 15 seconds to check for new updates and click the Update All button. :rolleyes:
 

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Many of the recent app updates have been to make the apps look better on the retina display. Apparently many of the apps have doubled in size but this has no value for those of us with iPad 1s or 2s and it has a disadvantage as it leaves less room for media files, especially if you have dozens of apps.
 

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In this case, I think the developers should be making two sets of apps. One just for retina display models, and one for non Retina.
 

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Will apps that are no longer supported that use the old maps cease to work? That would be a real bummer.
I don't see that happening. The API for the "mapkit" in iOS is not going away in iOS 6 so maps will work the same way. The only question is what will the "map" look like in iOS 6? Will it still be Google, or Apple's.
 

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I just want a return to stability


iOS 4 was awesome for me

iOS 5 has been worse than Windows ME
my iPod crashes all the time since I "upgraded" to it
 

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I found that my iPad1 wasn't as stable on iOS 5, or at least I had problems with a lot of apps crashing. But since I switched to an iPad2 things have been much more stable. I am wondering if it is the case of older hardware not running so well on a newer OS?
 
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