What iOS 6 means for developers
Yesterday was a big day in the tech world. Apple rolled out iOS 6, causing many to stir in their swiveling desk chairs.
For starters, the iPhone 5 has 5 rows of apps instead of 4. Apple claims it will have “the most accurate display in the industry,” containing 44% more color saturation.
The device is, in fact a taller and thinner version of its predecessor. It’s made solely of glass and aluminum (a design touch by Jonathan Ive, perhaps), runs on LTE networks, and has a better battery life.
So what does all of this mean for third-party iOS apps? Apple’s Philip Schiller stated that all old apps will maintain the same size; however, black borders will run on the top and bottom to fill in the extra space. Developers will have the option to update each app so that it will accommodate the new screen size.
Developers can look forward to having a bit more screen real-estate at their disposal as well as more performant graphics. With better hardware comes better third-party apps.
Apple also rolled out several new app features that will come pre-loaded. Here are the highlights:
- A proprietary mapping system instead of Google Maps
- Shared photo streams
- Passbook preloaded for coupons, cards, tickets, and passes
- Phone call options like “Do Not Disturb” and set reminders
- FaceTime accessed over cell networks
- Camera with Panorama, 5-element lens, autofocus, LED flash, and more
- Widescreen video, 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of letterbox
- A mail app that includes a customized VIP setting
- Improved Accessibility, Guided Access to help with disabled users
- Remodeled iTunes and App Store allowing users to “like” the app, song, movie, or book
One of the biggest Improvements so far is for Safari, which will keep track of user browsing history through iCloud Tabs and will finally allow full screen browsing. It also has a built-in functionality, called “Smart Banners,” to notify the user when there’s an app for the specified website. Front end web developers…
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