WWDC: iOS 6 update

iOS 6 has over 200 new features, including the following: Siri will now be able to report sports scores and player stats, team rankings and more.

Siri provides more info on restaurants including menus, ratings and review, thanks to Yelp. You can also make reservations using OpenTable. You can also ask for movie showtimes, and view trailers and get reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. Best of all, you can now launch apps using Siri. Just say "play Temple Run" for example. Auto makers will also support eye free control so with the right equipment, you can launch and control Siri from a button on the steering wheel. International users will appreciate the dozens of languages and/or countries being added. And it's coming to the new iPad. Facebook integration, similar to iOS 5's twitter integration will be standard so you won't need to login repeatedly. And developers can integrate with a Facebook API as well. When a phone call comes in, you can now use an option respond with a message or remind you to reply later, even when you leave that area. You can setup a Do Not Disturb mode. FaceTime over cellular is now supported, and it's unified so even if a call comes in on your phone number, you can receive or reply on an iPad or Mac! A brand new app/feature is PassBook, which integrates barcoded tickets and store cards and coupons for movies, Amtrak, airlines, Starbucks and more. Tickets are even live, so you will be notified of gate changes automatically !

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I'm very excited about the Guided Access feature. For apps like my own AutoVerbal, targeted at kids with Autism, you can circle buttons that you want to hide, and even disable the circular home button forcing single app mode! Apple is taking away maps function from google and including anonymous crowd sourced traffic, turn by turn navigation, and it's all controlled by Siri. And it works in lockscreen mode. They also have 3D flyover views! Why buy a gps unit anymore?

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.