By this point, we’re all familiar with Apple’s revised release cadence for iOS and iOS devices. Introduce a new iOS release at WWDC, beta test it through to the Fall event, and release it alongside the next iOS device. This year is no different with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

A lot has happened in the mobile OS space in the past few months; and with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows Phone 8, the competition is really heating up. At this point however, all major mobile OSes have pretty mature feature set; notifications, copy/paste, multitasking and so on have all been implemented and checked off the list. The focus is now slowly shifting towards re-evaluating basic usage scenarios and implementing small tweaks and UI enhancements that improve the end-user experience.

For the most part, iOS 6 seems to focus on these smaller tweaks and under-the-hood refinements to build on iOS 5 and improve the end-user experience. There’s no way around saying it, iOS 6 is an evolution rather than revolution of the iOS platform. Today, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch make up a significant portion of Apple’s revenue, and as a result moving the platform along is more of a question of minimizing friction points rather than completely reinventing the OS. iOS 6 does exactly that, and builds on the platform with a number of noteworthy new features and UI changes. Let’s see what’s changed.

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  • dayndrew - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    When I look for an update on my iPhone 4 under Settings->General->Software Update it gives me "iOS 6 beta 4". What gives?
  • ajcarroll - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    You're got the developer profile installed. I think you'll need to remove the profile in xcode to install the final build.
  • dayndrew - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    I've never done any developer work of any kind for iOS. In fact, I have no idea what you mean by xcode. Do I need to do a reset?
  • ajcarroll - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    Since it reports itself as 'iOS 6 beta 4' it indicates you have a developer build of iOS installed. Did you lend your iDevice to someone with a development license, if so I assume they installed the development provisioning profile, and installed a dev buiild of iOS. If this is indeed how you got a dev build on your device, you may have to hand it back to whoever installed it for you, have them remove the provisioning profile.

    Alternatively it might be possible to do it from the latest release of iTunes, but I'm not sure about that.
  • pxavierperez - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    You can add additional pictures to an existing mail using the copy/paste command even in previous iOS.

    eg. copy photos from Camera Roll, then paste to already written mail in
  • ltcommanderdata - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    Were there any improvements to graphics performance from new drivers?
  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    I ran GLBenchmark 2.5 before and after and didn't see any changes. If there are, they're things that don't directly impact performance.

  • PHlipMoD3 - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - link

    Thanks Apple. No Siri on iPad2 - with no real reason for it not being present apart from the fact that this is not the 3rd gen iPad...

    Proof that Apple just want your money.
  • seapeople - Saturday, September 22, 2012 - link

    I bet you're also out looking for proof that water is wet and the sky is blue.

    Of COURSE they want your money, they're a business; it's their job. Find me a company that doesn't want your money, and I'll show you one that's either heading toward bankruptcy or is supported by other, non-competitive factors such as donations/grants/etc. (like non-profits)

    So, unless you think people would start donating hordes of money out of good will to keep Apple afloat, I don't think they're about to start giving you newly developed software for old products for free. What's the next step? FREE LIFETIME REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT ON ALL IPADS. COME GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT! PLEASE LEAVE SPARE CHANGE IN OUR DONATION BUCKET WHEN YOU LEAVE THE APPLE STORE.
  • steven75 - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    No real reason other than the processing required, the mic hardware, and noise cancelling chip.

    Yep, no "real" reason except for the hardware the iPad 2 doesn't have.

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