iPhone iOS 6 software upgrade offers new features, met with mixed reviews


With the recent success of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 software, Apple took the plunge in a new advancement in both the iPhone 5 and the new software of iOS 6. 

According to a Sept. 21 TechRadar article by Gary Marshall, the new software is “much more social than before.” Not everyone is happy with the upgrade, however, because of glitches and other issues.

iOS 6 upgrades iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with more than 200 new features, including new versions of Maps, Camera and FaceTime, Siri, Phone and Safari applications. 

Before the new update, Maps was as simple as its name. The user received directions and did their best to get to their destination. Maps is now vector based, keeps the streets and places in their real locations, zooms in and out smoothly and has voice navigation and real-time traffic updates. 

These features were added, however, at the cost of longtime partner Google. Apple has used Google Maps in the past, but because of disagreements between the companies, Apple decided to create their own app. This has several loyal Apple costumers upset because the new version of Maps is less reliable and has more glitches than Google Maps ever did. 

Although some costumers dislike iOS 6, others praise the new technology of the Camera and FaceTime application. iPhone cameras now have the ability to take photos in panoramic view. Also, the FaceTime application can now work over 3G provided that you have the correct hardware and calling plan. It will work with the iPhone 4S but not the iPhone 4. 

The Phone system and Safari also needed a necessary update due to complications in past versions. iPhone users now have the ability to put off a phone call with just a few swift motions. The iOS 6 software allows users to instantly reply with a text message, set a callback reminder when they decline an incoming call, or put their phone in “Do Not Disturb” mode. 

Safari now lets users save web pages and open up their most recent tabs even when not connected to the Internet. Users can also read while offline and then switch to another device to read the same article from the place they left off. 

Apple also made improvements to Siri. Siri can now understand more languages, work in more countries, provide updates on the scores of the latest games, find the best restaurants and give the user the dates and times of nearby movie theaters.

With all the new updates, you’d think people would be excited, but this was not the case upon the software’s release. An Oct. 1 Fox News article by Jeremy A. Kaplan stated that over 183 million out of 283 million eligible users — that’s more than half — did not update to iOS 6. 

By Nov. 9, Northern Voices Online reported that about one-third of iPhone customers in the U.S. and Canada had still not upgraded. Why? Some users choose not to update due to technological issues, having the wrong version of the iPhone or because they wanted to buy the iPhone 5.

Being an iPhone 4S user myself, I do not believe upgrading to the new iOS 6 system is critical. I have updated my phone, and I find that I have hardly used any of the new software updates. TechRadar said it best, stating that the new iOS 6 software is “the refinement of something that already works extremely well.”

Morgan Huelsman is a freshman in journalism. Please send comments to edge@kstatecollegian.com.