Much has been made of the big new features in iOS6, I say features – more updates, but here are 5 minor changes that will be seriously appreciated by some as they fix things that were major annoyances to users.
1. Bluetooth toggle. Apple have finally moved the Bluetooth on/off toggle from within the Settings – general area to up directly within Settings next to the WiFi toggle.
It’s still not as good as being able to toggle Bluetooth or WiFi from the actual homescreen, but hey it’s a tiny step in the right direction.
2. App Updates – passwords. Now when taking updates to installed Apps in the App Store you are no longer asked for your password. It was incredibly annoying to be asked for your password to install updates for Apps you’d already given your password to install. Well no more, Updates is a single click and you get can on with your business.
3. App Updates – behind the scenes. Previously when taking App updates you would automatically be dumped back out to the homescreen, really annoying if you were looking for a new App when you decided to install updates. Now updates happen seamlessly in the background, leaving you in the App Store and able to find that new App you originally went there for.
4. Search box in Contacts. Previously in Contacts the Search box was at the top, out of view. To search you had to scroll all the way to the top to access it. Now the Search box is ever present at the top of the screen, immediately accessible when opening the App.
5. Draft Emails. Sending an email on iOS is easy enough, but what if you start a message and then need to finish it later? Or copy some text from a different email into your new one? Save as Draft is available when you close the message, but when you go back to your drafts folder, you can see the message but can’t edit it?
Several people claim ways to achieve this, but nothing has ever worked for me. Send is never available and I can’t edit the message.
Finally in iOS6 pressing and holding the New email icon will being up a list of Drafts stored, pressing any of them opens them back up in the Compose window with the Send button available.
See more details about iOS6 new features in my series: iOS6 Focus
These features are based on the current Beta 1 version of iOS6 and are subject to further change by Apple in future updates.