By Dexter Keyton, EnStarz | Sep 21, 2012 01:59 PM EDT
Now that the latest version of Apple's operating system has been made available, users that downloaded it are experiencing its' ups and downs.
iOS 6, the world's second most popular mobile OS, comes with more than 200 new features. Some of these include a many small updates, but there are a few big changes.
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One of the new changes is a new smarter Siri, Apple's built in voice assistant. Siri is now able to launch apps, give out sports scores, provide movie times, make reservations at restaurants and help post to Twitter and update Facebook. The voice-control app isn't perfect but it often beats typing and tapping especially if your hands aren't free. And with every new update to Siri's comes better skills and accuracy which may ultimately lead to it becoming the go-to interface for many phone and tablet tasks. iO6 6 brings Siri to the iPad, but only for the third generation.
One of the biggest flaws so far has been Maps which includes turn-by-turn navigation with spoken direction and real-time traffic direction. The problem is the maps themselves. Gizmodo called Apple's new 3-D maps a "turd in a very ornate punch bowl." The 3-D image is distorted with a very slow zoom feature. Problems were to be expected with the release, but users have a hard time wondering how Apple let this one slide.
Recent posts in Apple's support forum show that after updating to iOS 6 some users are experiencing crashes with many involving Wi-Fi problems on the iPhone 4S.
Depending on what you have, don't expect the update to bring all of the best features of iOS 6 to your device as not all the new stuff will run on older Apple products.
The new iPhone 5 and fifth generation iPod touch come with iOS 6 preinstalled, but other Apple mobile users can upgrade right away by tapping "Settings," then "Software Update" on their devices.
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