We have a full run-down of the announced updates here, but I wanted to look at the ‘big picture’ of iOS6 and how the changes met the expectations.
A lot was expected of iOS6. Although iOS has received frequent updates, large chunks of Apple’s mobile operating system, particularly the user interface, have remained static.
Even some of the Apple stalwart, the ‘fanboys’, were beginning to voice discontentment at the lack of ability to customise the user interface. Not everyone wants the in depth tweaking provided on Android OS LINK but the ability to change the 5 year old ‘grid of icons’ look is something long overdue.
Unfortunately it appears iOS6 has brought no change here, the interface is still the same. The homescreen still has icons and folders and no option to display anything in any other way.
The changes announced are all good, some are even brilliant, but yet again, if you pick up a newly updated iPhone and unlock it, there is nothing to tell you you’re on an iOS6 device from an iOS5 one. Or even an iOS4 one. Yes lots of new features have been added over the last few years, but so many are around the periphery of the OS and too few affect the core of it.
This probably won’t affect the takeup of iOS6, after all its free, but when the new iPhone5 is released, using it is going to start to feel a little long in the tooth. If the rumoured hardware is correct, its again incremental with only a slightly taller screen to differentiate it. The lack of innovation from Apple is starting to be a concern, as they squeeze every last drop out of an OS that was once revolutionary.