With the latest beta of iOS 6 dished out to developers, we are getting a clearer picture about what we will see when the next major Apple mobile operating software becomes publicly available. As per a report by MacRumors, the latest build features a new toggle button within the settings called ‘Wi-Fi Plus Cellular”.
With this new feature located in the Cellular settings of an iOS device such as an iPad or an iPhone, a user will have the option to easily switch over to a cellular connection if they are out of the reach of a Wi-Fi connection.
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Commenting on this feature, a report by CNET states, “If true, this is an excellent addition to iOS 6 because it's annoying when you launch Safari or other Internet-connected apps only to gradually realize that you have no Internet connection. With this switch turned on, your iPhone or iPad will automatically recognize the problem and switch to a cellular data stream to continue the operation at hand”.
This can be very convenient, as sometimes, when Safari is running, and the Wi-Fi signal is lost, the user often faces the error that a page could not load. With this feature in place, the user can easily continue browsing without lossing connectivity.
The article by MacRumours also touched upon another interesting feature found in the latest build. In iOS 6 beta 4, the native app for YouTube is missing. This is arguably the biggest change we have seen in the new version of iOS 6 yet.
With the app being removed, a user would now need to watch YouTube content directly from the browser. The report states, “The reason for the removal is unclear, although speculation naturally turns to the strained relationship between Apple and Google. Aside from YouTube, Apple's iOS 6 contains another high-profile departure from Google's services with Apple rolling out its own mapping and navigation service to displace Google. YouTube videos can still be played through the embedded viewer, but the removal of the dedicated YouTube app marks a significant reduction in the prominence of Google on iOS”.
Apple has issued an official statement regarding the removal of the app, “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store”.
Another interesting feature of iOS6 that was not given the spotlight at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote is that it will have an Auto Layout feature. This feature will allow app developers to apply constraints that define how the elements of the user interface are displayed on-screen. These elements can be moved depending on a prioritized list of rules.
This Auto Layout feature will be especially beneficial if Apple does launch an iPhone with a larger display or an iPad with a smaller one. This should reduce the issue of fragmentation which the brand has avoided so far.