The big list of iOS 6 Features

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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.

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

  • iCloud Tabs for Safari on other iOS devices and Macs
  • Offline Reading List
  • Photo uploads
  • Smart app banners link to App Store or launches
  • Fullscreen video in landscape
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

  • VIPs - designated contacts cause notifications, e-mails flagged with stars, separate inbox
  • Flagged mailbox
  • Attach photos in-line (finally)
  • Open password-protected Office docs
  • Per account signatures
  • Fun new pull-to-refresh animation
  • Notifications per mailbox
  • Long-press compose to open or delete drafts
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

  • Location-based reminders for iPad
  • Autocorrection for every keyboard
  • Global network proxy for HTTP
  • Manual reorder of reminders
  • Lost Mode - send a phone number to lost device which can be called with single tap
  • Kernel ASLR
  • Manual location entry for reminders
  • Custom vibrations for alerts
  • VoiceOver improvements
  • App in Safari search results
  • IPv6 support for Wi-Fi and LTE
  • HDR improvements
  • French, German, and Spanish dictionaries
  • Word highlights for speajk selection
  • Search all fields in Contacts
  • New iPad Clock/timer app
  • Improved keyboard layouts
  • Made for iPhone hearing aids
  • Extended functions for China
    • Baidu
    • Sina Weibo
    • Tudou
    • Youku
    • Improved text input
    • Dictionary
  • Top title bar changes color with app
  • New iPod app layout
  • Granular privacy control
  • iCloud-stored user dictionary
  • Updated sharing menu with large icons
  • Music ringtones, alarms
  • Redesigned App Store and iTunes (can now view App Store screenshots in full screen)
  • iTunes Match now streams music (rather than just download)
  • Support for iPhone 3GS and later; iPad 2 and later, iPod touch 4th gen)
  • Tilt changes reflection on slider buttons
  • Spotlight now shows which folder apps are in
  • Government alerts (AMBER and Emergency) in Notifications
  • More and new Emojis
  • Music preview banner overlays current screen, plus preview history
  • Time since last full charge (usage, standby)
  • Darker camera UI
  • "New" banner on app icons after installation
  • Update history in App Store
  • 15 second skip playback controls for podcasts
  • Hold navigation arrow in Safari for iPhone for history view
  • "Enhanced" photos now add "-fixed" to file name
  • Cleared notifications sync across devices
  • No more pop-up in Safari when there's no internet access available
  • Share calendar that you created (but not one shared with you) from app
  • iPhone version of Stocks app loaded on iPad
  • Downloading doesn't kick you out of App Store anymore
  • Updating apps doesn't require password anymore
  • Apple apps have logo in Spotlight search
  • Wallpaper previews show live reproduction, rather than canned app layout
  • App Store "installed" buttons now show "open"
  • Cellular data toggle for FaceTime, iCloud documents, and iTunes
  • Late night mode in equalizer
  • Simplified Bluetooth toggle
  • Episodes viewable by season in Video app