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Just less than two weeks ago, Facebook started enabling their Photo Sync feature for a limited audience for testing. The feature allows users with iOS devices to have any photos they take with the device automatically uploaded to a private album on their Facebook account to help make sharing the photos easier than ever before. The way the photos automatically go to this album works a lot like Apple’s Photo Stream.

Today, Facebook users should begin seeing the banner above in their news feeds. Facebook has enabled the Photo Sync feature for all users, enabling them to join in on uploading their life to Facebook as it happens. You can tap “Get Started” to begin using Photo Sync, or you can tap cancel to opt out of using it.

Since the photos are uploaded to a private album on Facebook, no one will see the photos that are automatically uploaded until the owner of the Facebook account has a chance to choose the ones that are posted and the ones that are not going to be posted. It’s important to note that even though the photos in this private album aren’t being shared with your friends, they are still going to be stored on Facebook’s servers.

You will not find an update to the Facebook application in the App Store with the new Facebook Photo Sync feature included, as Facebook has managed to pack the feature into the current version of the Facebook application.

Sources: Facebook via MacRumors

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iOS 6 is still in beta and more features are being uncovered as each day goes by. A lot of new features have been added that weren’t in iOS 5 – even some that were already present in the jailbreak community – and they’re going to make all iOS devices even more pleasant to use on a day-by-day basis. We recently showed you some major things that changed in iOS 6 and even things as small as the animated metallic volume knobs, but here you will be able to read about some of the smaller features of iOS 6 that will make it a hit.

So what other things can we look forward to in iOS 6?

1. Have Multiple E-mail Signatures

It’s finally here. Apple has received the memo that iOS users often have more than one e-mail for different purposes and that we need more than just one e-mail signature. With iOS 6, you can set a personalized signature with each of your e-mails that you have registered on your iOS device. The signatures will be automatically filled in when you start an e-mail and the signatures will vary depending on the e-mail you use. If you don’t have a use for separate signatures, Apple also gives you the option to have a unified signature like before.

2. A Retina Display Supported Shut-Down Spinner

That spinner we all know and love. We see it when we respring our devices; we see it when we shut our devices off. Unfortunately, it has never been beautiful to look at on retina display devices. Starting with iOS 6, you can see every pixel in exquisite detail as it spins ‘round and ‘round. It finally supports the retina display. It’s not a ‘feature,’ per se, but it is just one of those small details that adds to the great aesthetics of iOS 6 as a whole.

3. Hold Down On Safari’s Back Button to View A History

If you are navigating through a Web site with a ton of links that take you here, there, and everywhere, then iOS 6 brings you a simple feature where holding down on the back button will show you all of your steps in order so you can easily navigate backward the same way you went forward without having to move back one site at a time. This saves a ton of time and ensures that you get back to where you need to be without skipping a beat.

4. Copy and Share YouTube Links From the Native YouTube App

Even though Apple’s stock YouTube application is known for being almost featureless, boring, and unsatisfying, iOS 6 adds a much-needed feature to the application – the ability to share the link of the videos you watch. You can do so in the new iOS 6 sharing menu that we introduced to you from the Photos application. The YouTube sharing menu almost looks the same, but the options are different, of course, because the application is different and services different purposes than the Photos application does. With this tool, you can now share your videos on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites right from iOS by using the ‘Copy’ button.

5. SpotLight Shows the Folder Apps Are In

As another aesthetic feature that can be considered useful, especially if you have a lot of applications on your iOS device, Spotlight will now show you the folder that your applications are located in when they come up as search results. It appears on the right side of the application name, but tapping on the application will still yield the application being launched.

6. The Cool New Incoming Call Interface

As shown at WWDC, iOS 6 brings a new incoming call interface to iOS 6. The interface resembles that of both the iOS 5.1 Camera Grabber and also a jailbreak tweak known as EZDecline. It allows you to press either an answer or decline buttin instead of seeing a ‘slide to answer’ slider and pulling on the Phone Grabber will show you two new options – the ability to be reminded of the call later or the ability to send the person a message. For the reminder setting, you can choose to be reminded at a specific time or when you leave a location. For the message, you can customize up to three different quick messages from the Settings application and choose between them – alternatively, you can compose a custom quick message reply.

7. Advanced Privacy Customization

With last year’s outbreak of applications stealing personal user data without permission, Apple needed to create a tighter grip on the situation. With iOS 6, you can choose the applications that have access to your location, contacts, calendars, reminders, and photos. Obviously, certain applications need some of these items to function correctly, but when a game needs access to your location or photos, there’s definitely something wrong there. iOS 6 has you covered, alerting you every time an application wants access to something and letting you be the judge of letting it in or not. Tightened personal security? Good job Apple!

8. Home Button Speed Settings

If you have a troublesome home button, iOS 6 has a new feature that will allow you to slow down the necessary actions to launch the App Switcher, or open the triple-click interface. With this, you can press the home button at a slower rate that usual so that the home button won’t accidentally judge your double click as a triple click or your triple click as a double click.

iOS 6 sure looks shiny, doesn’t it?

This article was originally published in forum thread: Even More iOS 6 Spoilers – Cool Features We Didn’t Have Before! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post

So what’s new in iOS6?

Posted: June 12, 2012 in FaceBook, Facetime, iOS6, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes
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If you were looking for new mobile features, then iOS 6, which Apple unveiled on Monday at WWDC, does not disappoint.

At WWDC 2012, Scott Forstall took the stage to unveil iOS 6to developers. iOS 6 features more than 200 updates and improvements when compared to iOS 5. iOS 5 already boasts more than 80% adoption rate across devices and Apple boasted figures about iMessage, Twitter stats, Game Center and push notifications.

So what’s new in iOS 6?


Siri


  • Siri can now launch apps
  • Siri can now Tweet
  • Siri is smart about sports. It can pull in scores, game summaries and player stats.
  • Siri integrates with Yelp and OpenTable for restaurant reviews and reservations
  • Siri in iOS 6 will also integrate with Rotten Tomatoes for movie times and reviews.
  • Siri is also available in a slew of new languages.
  • Siri will get hands-free integration in lots of in-car systems.
  • Siri is coming to the new iPad.

Facebook Integration


This is a big one. Just as Twitter received a big boost with its deep integration with iOS 5, Facebook will get the same treatment in iOS 6.

Users can login to their Facebook account in iOS 6 and have instant access to Facebook in apps, the web browser and Siri. Developers can also easily add access within their apps.

Facebook contacts will get integrated in iOS 6, but for us, the bigger news is that events and birthdays can also sync with the calendar.


New Phone App Enhancements


In the phone app, Apple has added a new mode that will make it easy for users to remind themselves to call or text-back later, if they can’t take a call right now.

There is also a “Do Not Disturb” mode. Messages will still come to your phone, but the screen won’t light up or make any noise. There are also new ways to group contacts and control how their calls are handled.

FaceTime Over Cellular

Look out Skype, FaceTime will now work over cellular connections. Even better, if someone calls your phone, you can choose to answer on your iPad or Mac.


Safari


Safari is getting offline reading lists, making the feature more Instapaper-like. These lists will also sync with the Reading List in Safari for OS X.

Another new feature is the ability to add “App Banners” to a website. This allows developers to easily show-off their native app. Users can touch the banner to get the app — and if, the app is installed, they can go directly to the app and open it up in the right place.


Photos


Users can now share groups of photos to their friends over iCloud. Think of this as a cross betweenGlassboard and Path, but just for your photos.

Users can comment on photos too.


Mail


There is a new VIP feature that will highlight mail from people you really want to hear from. I get way too much email, so I love this feature.

Apple is also adding the ability to open password-locked documents in mail and pull-to-refresh for messages.


Passbook


Think of this as an app that replicates the loyalty card tracker from Google Wallet. It collects all of your loyalty cards, ticket information and other info into one neat place for easy access. Even better, it’s location-enabled so it knows what to show based on where you are (so you can get your movie tickets at the theater or your plane ticket at the airport).

Passbook looks great.


Maps


Another big one. Google is making good on some of its mapping acquisitions and launching its own mapping app.

The new Apple Maps integrates with Yelp. Apple is also building its own traffic service that can offer anonymous, crowd-sourced and real-time incident reports.

Moreover, Apple is bringing turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone. It’s vector-based and voiced by Siri. Say goodbye to your TomTom and just use your iPhone!

From the on-stage demo, it looks like the level of detail on the maps and places is intense — and the rendering happens super-fast.

iOS 6′s Maps app will also highlight developer mapping apps inside the app, pointing out the best transit apps in the app store.


When Can I Get It?


Developers will have access to the first beta on iOS 6 later this afternoon. Customers can expect to see iOS 6 on their devices in the fall.

It will support the iPhone 3GS and later, the second and third generation iPads and the fourth generation iPod touch.

All-in-all, this looks like a fantastic release!

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