The big list of iOS 6 features

The big list of iOS 6 features

At WWDC, Apple proclaimed iOS 6 would introduce over 200 new features when released this fall, and that what we saw yesterday was just a small sampling. We've got plenty of posts going over the big features, but there are also a handful of slides that were positively riddled with features that they just didn't have time to go over.

Additionally, there were lots of smaller features that either just got a passing mention, were folded into some of the talk about OS X, or weren't referenced at all. That said, let's tear apart the keynote address (which was recently made available in HD on iTunes, by the way) and pick out every teeny tiny iOS 6 feature we can.

We're going to keep a running tally here, and update it as more information becomes available, so check back often! (New additions will be in boss-like bold.)

iCloud sync with OS X Mountain Lion

  • Messages (with iMessage, pulled from the latest beta), Reminders, Notes
  • Documents in the Cloud (Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Preview, Text Edit, plus developer SDK)
  • Mail preferences pushed to iCloud
  • iCloud Documents API improvements

Siri

  • Sports scores (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer)
    • Italian Serie A
    • English Premier League
    • MLS
    • French Ligue 1
    • Spanish la Liga
    • Dutch Eredivisie
    • German Bundesliga
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • NCAA Basketball
    • WNBA
    • NHL
  • Sport player stats
  • Sport team rosters
  • Sports league standings
  • Sports game schedule
  • Updated restaurant searches (type, price, Yelp reviews, distance, map, hours, phone number)
  • OpenTable reservations for restaurants
  • Movie listings per theatre
  • Rotten Tomato moview reviews
  • Movie facts
  • Movie trailers
  • Search by actor/actress
  • Launch apps
  • Send Tweet
  • Update Facebook status
  • Listen to notifications
  • Eyes Free car integration (in the next year)
  • International languages (Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Korean, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China) and local search (all of the above plus countries with existing Siri functionality)
  • Siri for iPad (new iPad only)

Facebook

  • Single sign-on
  • Share from Photos, Safari, Maps, App Store, iTunes, Game Center
  • Public API for developers
  • Contact and Calendar integration

Phone

  • Reply to incoming calls with message (preset or custom) or save reminder (timed or geofenced)
  • New dialer layout

Center

  • Do not disturb toggle with fine-grain phone call exceptions, schedules, or allowing repeat calls
  • Facebook and Twitter compose buttons

FaceTime

  • Available over cellular
  • Apple ID unified with phone number, enabling FaceTime or iMessage answering on iPad or Mac

Safari

Photo Streams

  • Shared Photo Streams with designated friends, includes comments
  • Photo Stream pictures in Mac screensaver
  • Photo Stream now a separate tab, not another album

Mail

Passbook

  • Barcode collection for boarding passes, store cards, coupon, movie tickets
  • Pops up on lock screen when you arrive
  • Includes up-to-date-balance
  • Boarding passes update with gate changes
  • Synced to iCloud
  • Cute deletion animation

Guided Access

  • Disable certain app interactions with a circle
  • Limit hardware buttons, touch, and motion control access
  • Single-app mode

Maps

  • Local search with 100 million business listings with Yelp reviews and pictures
  • Crowd-sourced traffic data with incident reports
  • Free turn-by-turn navigation with alternative route offers based on faster ETA
  • Navigation viewable from lock screen
  • Siri integration, finds spots along your route
  • Flyover (3D buildings)
  • Multitouch rotation, angle change, and zoom
  • Powered by TomTom
  • Pinch-out in maps goes to globe view
  • Report bugs

Game Center

  • Game Center sync with OS X
  • Cross-platform turn-based and realtime gaming between iOS and Mac
  • Issue challenges to friends
  • Find Facebook friends

Developer SDK

  • Audio and video sampling during playback
  • Pass Kit
  • Rich text on labels, fields, and text views
  • VoiceOver gestures
  • Control camera focus and exposure
  • Remote Web Inspector
  • CSS filters
  • Action Sheer
  • Web Audio API
  • Crossfade with CSS animation
  • Game Center in-app experience
  • Reminders
  • Video stabilization
  • Game groups
  • Bluetooth MAP support
  • Transit apps (Apple's Maps doesn't have its own, but opening doors to local devs)
  • In-app Bluetooth pairing
  • Face detection API
  • Inter-app audio
  • Frame drop data
  • Map Kit
  • Auto layout
  • State preservation
  • Pull to refresh on Table views
  • In-app purchase hosted content
  • Read and write image metadata
  • Collection views
  • In-app content purchases
  • Multi-route audio

 Other

Anyone see anything new in the iOS 6 beta that's really rocking your world? What are you favorite new features?

Thanks to jwr_ for his finds.

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Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

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