At the Worldwide Developers Conference held in June this year, Apple showcased iOS 6 and some interesting features that will come along with the next major Apple upgrade for iOS devices. However, many other details were left out. According to a report by iLounge, with the next major iOS update, a user can view iMessages sent to an iPhone or an iPad on a future iPod nano, using Bluetooth.
As per the report, the author Jeremy Horowitz states, “Our source also claimed that Apple is working on an as-yet-undisclosed iOS 6 feature that will act as a bridge between its Bluetooth 4-capable devices. The feature would enable, say, a future iPod nano to display iMessages received by an iPhone, record voice memos that could be shared via the iPhone, and even initiate phone calls through its own headphones.” With this Bluetooth 4.0 link, it appears that Apple is looking to create an integrated ecosystem, and further to simplify the process of accessing basic phone functionalities without the hassles of reaching out to multiple devices.
Improved device pairing expected in iOS 6
Apart from this, the author has also spoken about the possibility of making calls from an iPad by pairing the iPhone with it using Bluetooth. The report states, “It could also conceivably let you make iPhone calls from your iPad (or possibly even recent Macs), assuming the iPhone was paired with the computer over Bluetooth. The core concept here might sound familiar to fans of HP’s ill-fated TouchPad, but our source claims that it’ll be more broadly and deeply executed by Apple.”
Another interesting feature of iOS6 that was not given the spotlight at the WWDC keynote is that it will have an Auto Layout feature. This feature will allow app developers to apply constraints that define how the elements of the user interface are displayed on-screen. These elements can be shifted and moved depending on a prioritized list of rules.
This Auto Layout feature will be especially beneficial if Apple does launch an iPhone with a larger display or an iPad with a smaller one. This should reduce the issue of fragmentation which the brand has avoided so far.
Apple is expected to increase the size of the display to four inches diagonally. Apple will increase the height, thereby giving it a resolution of 1136 x 640, which is an extra 176 pixels. The aspect ratio would thus rise to 16:9 from the 3:2 aspect ratio found on present generation iPhones. Though the length of the screen will be raised, it is believed that the width of the display will remain the same as that of the current and past generation iPhones.
Though these features have not been highlighted at the WWDC event, it is possible that they will be released in iOS 6. New iOS 6 features include an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and a new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps such as Photos, Safari and Maps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all of one’s passes in one place.