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5 Overlooked iOS 6 Features You’ll Love

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Starting tomorrow morning users can download iOS 6 to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The latest version of Apple’s iOS software includes over 200 new features.

We’ve shared many of these new iOS 6 features, focusing on the flashy ones like Siri on the iPad and turn-by-turn directions, but there are many more iOS 6 features.

Read: Get Ready for the iOS 6 Release

These smaller, overlooked, iOS 6 features won’t revolutionize the way you use the iPhone, but these small iOS 6 features are ones I’ve come to appreciate over the past few months, and I’m sure you’ll love when you download iOS 6.

Overlooked iOS 6 Features

Faster Access to Bluetooth and Personal Hotspot

Instead of diving deep in the menus to turn Bluetooth on and off or to access the personal hotspot, these options are both on the main Settings screen.

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Faster access to common settings.

The Personal Hotspot option doesn’t show up here until after it is used once, but from then on there is a shortcut to access the personal hotspot. This small feature saves tons of time when using these common functions. With Mobile Share, Share Everything plans and 4G LTE the iPhone 5 is even more attractive as a personal hotspot, but all these features are also on the iPhone 4S and older models.

Siri Bluetooth Control

On iOS 5 Siri can create appointments, send messages and much more, but after pairing a Bluetooth headset I stopped using Siri as often because too many times my headset would be across the room, and the only option to use Siri was to put the headset on or to turn Bluetooth off.

Siri Bluetooth iOS 6

Switch between Bluetooth and the iPhone with Siri.

With iOS 6, I can pick between my Bluetooth headset and my iPhone without leaving the Siri pop up.

Reply with Message

In iOS 6, Apple made the phone app smarter with new options to dismiss a call and reply with a message. If I’m almost home, or almost to a meeting I can respond to a call without typing up a message.

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Reply with a message when declining a call in iOS 6.

This is a perfect way to respond if I am on the go, and I can customize the reply messages to my needs.

Open Apps with Siri

Siri’s new features are amazing, but the one I use the most is the ability to open apps. I am constantly opening apps with Siri, especially music apps I use in my car. The video below shows Siri’s new iOS 6 features including the ability to open apps.

There’s no training, and in the iOS 6 beta Siri is able to handle many app names. Occasionally I need to ask twice, but it’s pretty accurate.

Personal Dictionary

Users that type pet names, inside jokes and other words not in Apple’s dictionary will love the Personal Dictionary in the Cloud feature.

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Personal dictionary in the cloud.

In iOS 6, not only will the iPhone or iPad learn your words and spellings, it will sync them to the cloud so they follow from phone to phone and between iOS devices. It’s nice seeing the same words on my iPhone and my ipad without constantly correcting.

iOS 6 arrives tomorrow morning, and should be available for download around 9 or 10 AM Pacific.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

5 Comments

  1. Carlos

    09/18/2012 at 5:17 pm

    Hi,

    How can I use for the first time the personal hotspot, so I can have this option on the settings menu?

    I used to have this option enabled in ios 5.1.1 now I can’t find it.

    • Andy

      10/15/2012 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Carlos
      It’s under general settings now, then go into cellular and you will find it in there. When you have used the hotspot once the phone will place a shortcut in your settings screen below the Bluetooth like it was previous

      Cheers

      Andy

  2. William

    09/18/2012 at 10:47 pm

    The screenshot under “Personal Dictionary” shows nothing related to Personal Dictionary…?

  3. vanessa

    09/30/2012 at 6:02 am

    RE IPHONE 5 and SIRI and TALKLER. Even with iOS6, and the new iPhone 5, Siri still won’t do email.We need true email inbox management that’s eyes-free. There’s a NEW smartphone app called Talkler — billed as “email for your ears.” Talkler is a free smartphone app for heads-up, hands-off, reads-aloud-to-you,voice-controlled email. So we can reclaim those wasted minutes behind the wheel, and get to the office with an empty inbox. Worth checking out:Facebook.com/Talkler and http://www.Talkler.com

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