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Bily Foster: Web Designer, Developer and Producer.  Bily has been around the internet since the BBS days.  When he first got his hands on an iPod touch he knew that the iPad wouldn’t be far behind.  One of the first to order the original, and first in line for the last two releases of the iPad.  Bily covers all kinds of tech news all brought to him by his iPad.

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Audio Podcast: Episode 18 iOS6

I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
This week we’re talking about iOS6!

This past week Apple released iOS6 to the masses and its been a heck of a roller coaster ride, from the high points of new Siri commands to lows of iOS Maps. Then we shoot into the loop-t-loops of Twitter and Facebook integration, but before we get to comfy we head into the double helix of the new Passbook then we stable out and return to the start with some upgrades to Mail, Safari and Camera features. Obviously we’ve got a lot of ground to cover so let’s get started!

Siri iOS6

With new versions of iOS come new commands for Siri, including the ability to tweet, Facebook, ask for movie times, for sports scores, and more. Not only that but she finally makes it over to the iPad!

You can also now launch applications by using Siri, on your iPad you can even check the weather even though there’s not a weather app.

And now finally in a mixed blessing Siri can give you turn by turn directions, mixed because its great that she can provide the instruction the problem is in the Maps.

Maps
iOS 6 brings a whole new mapping system, Google Maps is out (for now) and the new Apple Maps is years behind in terms of accuracy and information, but I do have faith it will get better in time. I think it SUCKS that we have to go through this transition period with Apple.

They have a decent flyover feature for the cities that it works in. I personally am anxious for the ALREADY DEVELOPED WAITING FOR APPLE TO APPROVE Google Maps app.

In the meantime we’re stuck with dealing with this half ass map system until Apple gets there’s improved, don’t get me wrong it works. It just doesn’t work as well as the Google maps that I’ve grown accustomed to. But as with anything change can be painful sometimes.

Twitter/Facebook
Sharing on social networks is all the rage, and of course Apple doesn’t was want to miss out on so a really nice feature added with iOS6 is the integration of twitter and Facebook. Now you can sends photos and posts directly to these social networks. My own wish is that would let you select Multi-Networks. They need figure a way to make it like composing an email and give you an option for sending to Facebook, Twitter, and PhotoStream at once.
In the meantime if you want to add a photo to one of these social networks go into photos, tap the ones that you want to share, then tap the share icon, and select the network of your choice. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Passbook
Passbook is a fun little upgrade that is really just an icon that is reserving space for quick access to movie passes, coupons, boarding passes or store cards. When you first open it up, it looks a little strange. It lists the different thing you can do with it, But no real explanation of how it all works. At the bottom is an App Store button, tapping that will bring you to a list of apps that currently support Passbook. Now this is going to very based on location. If you are in the US and don’t see any apps there might be a bug you are coming against. I’ve heard (but not tried since I didn’t have the issue) that is you change the date on your phone to 2013 and then back the resolves it. Why, who knows.

But passbook is a cool little feature that will come in handy as more and more apps grow to support it.

Right now it’s about 11 apps in the US, with more on the way. It could be interesting to see how this evolves on the retail end. And it’s a great little place for temporary information to go for quick access.

Photostream/Camera/Mail Upgrades

Photo streams can now be shared. Simply select the photos from your gallery, tap the share button. Choose who you want to share the photos with and that’s it.

So now you can share those great Panorama shots with your close personal friends, or even the world. What Panorama shots you may be asking? Well the ones you’ll be taking with your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. It’s hidden under options. And taking them gets a little getting use too.

Go under options, select Panorama.

Once you are ready tap the camera icon then slide the camera to the right at a slow steady pace, keep the arrow as lined up with the center line close as possible.

One trick, you don’t have to go the full width, if you feel you’ve caught what you’ve wanted slide the phone to the left and your shot gets saved.

And last but not least of the iOS6 features that I’m covering is the VIP feature, now you can mark contacts as VIP and they get a star by there emails into you. And if you get a LOT of email like I do, it helps to filter out the noise so that I can quickly pull up my client only emails.

There are some addition feature added to Safari like offline reading and iCloud tabs but I’ll be covering each of those in a new little how to video snippets I’m going to be launching in the few weeks for all the new people coming to iOS.

So that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad guy. Again thanks for watching and be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or Circle me on Google Plus and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!

See ya next time!

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