iOS 6 isn’t just for the iPhone. Apple included some fun new features in its new mobile operating system, available today, for iPad users. Here’s a look at the new stuff you’ll get: Siri, a clock app, FaceTime everywhere, Facebook integration and more.

New iOS 6 Features

Apple didn’t spend very much time at last week’s press event discussing the details of its newest mobile operating system because, naturally, most people wanted to hear about the iPhone 5. While the focus on Wednesday, when the software becomes available for download, will be on how iOS 6 works on the iPhone there’s a lot of great new stuff for the iPad nestled in there too. The following is a list of 10 new and interesting iOS 6 features expressly for iPad users.

Before we get started with what new features you do get with the iOS 6 update for the iPad, it is important to mention what you don’t.  To start, you will not be able to update your original 2010-era iPad to iOS 6. There will be no panoramic camera, no Passbook app, and of course no enhanced Phone app with the iOS 6 update for the iPad. You may have also heard that the Google’s YouTube app will not come standard with the iOS release. And when Apple decided not to use Google’s Maps app any more, they also inadvertently decided to remove Google’s StreetView capability as well.

But here’s what you do get with iOS 6 for iPad:

Siri on iPad

Siri – While the new iPad released earlier this year is able to take dictation, it was still missing the full set of features provided by Siri. Siri has also been updated and will tell you sports scores and standings for your favorite teams, recommend movies times, and show you which restaurants in your area have tables available. Siri can also now post to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. And the updated restrictions in iOS 6 will allow you to block explicit language when using Siri.

Apple’s own Maps app – Apple has created its own Maps app that includes such features as turn-by-turn directions, three-dimensional maps and Apple’s own real-time traffic information. And if you happen to have the cellular version of the iPad, it comes with GPS built-in which makes the turn-by-turn feature useful on the iPad. Apple has also opened up the integration with the Maps app to make it easier to connect with localized map apps from developers, so keep an eye out for your local transit authority to take advantage of this new capability.

New Maps App

Facebook integration – With iOS 5, Apple added Twitter integration throughout the various apps and features of iOS. Now with iOS 6, Facebook has been added and you will find the same level of integration for Facebook throughout iOS. Sharing links from Safari, posting photos, recommending apps in the App Store, and letting people know where you are and where you are going in Maps are some of the places you can now use Facebook from your iPad.

Sharing multiple PhotoStreams – When PhotoStream was introduced as iCloud’s version of MobleMe Galleries, a negative side effect was losing the ability to create multiple streams that you could share with your family and friends. With iOS 6, now you can set up multiple PhotoStreams. When you choose to share a photo with PhotoStream, you will be prompted to choose which one you want to share that photo with. The reverse is particularly important for your iPad as you can now display photos from all of the iCloud accounts in your family, not just the one iCloud account associated with your device. It is now much easier to see all of the photos everyone has taken on at particular event or location.

Do Not Disturb – The Notifications feature has been enhanced to allow you to quickly turn off all notification settings in one swipe, just as you could before iOS 5. You can now also configure each of your mail configurations independently from within notification. So if you want to be alerted by new mail messages coming into your Google account, but not your Yahoo account, now you can.  This includes setting up a distinctive mail alert and/or vibration pattern for each account.

New iOS 6 Features

Very Important Contacts – Along with the update to the notification configurations comes the ability to create your own list of very important people. You can have calls, messages and mail notifications from these users handled differently than others. When you turn on the Do Not Disturb mode, you can allow alerts from your favorites to come through. This comes in handy if you are willing to be interrupted by only certain individuals.

iCloud tabs in Safari – Now just as you can with Safari in OS X Mountain Lion, with iOS 6 you can see what you have open in the tabs on your other devices. Organized by the name you have associated with each device, you can now see all of the most recent tabs that you have open on all of your Safari browsers, including on your iPad.

Enhanced App Store – Apple has overhauled the on device App Store interface to address the difficulty of surfacing more quality apps to users. You now have access to more information about each app including their version history. Another handy feature is that you are no longer required to enter a password for the free apps you choose to download.

New iPad Clock App

New Clock app for iPad – Narrowing the number of default iPhone apps that are missing on the iPad, Apple has decided to finally include the Clock app as a standard with iOS 6 for iPad.  The Clock app is not a direct port from the iPhone version; you can instantly tell that each feature was custom designed with the larger interface of the iPad in mind.  You have a World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch and Timer just as you do on the iPhone version.

FaceTime everywhere – While the iPhone is getting the ability to send and receive FaceTime calls over cellular networks for the first time, Apple has enhanced Facetime so that you can receive all of your FaceTime alerts across all of your devices.  That now includes alerts that someone is trying to FaceTime you on another iOS or OS X device.  This means all your devices will ring at the same time.

Overall, the iOS 6 update is rather significant if you are the owner of a third-generation iPad.  Remember: don’t feel like you need to run out and buy an iPhone 5 in order to take advantage of all of the new features of iOS 6.

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  1. And which of these features will function as described on a Wi-Fi only iPad? Some of us have iPads to use away from the desk but not like a phone on the road.

    1. Turn-by-turn won’t work on a WiFi iPad. No GPS.

      1. It should still work if you have a mobile wifi solution. But,i run Copilot live on my iPad2 it is the 3G version,but,I have not used the 3G or even had 3G turned on for months. I still use the Copilot GPS application on a daily basis. Does the 3G version have a dedicated GPS anatenae and the wifi only version does not?

      2. If it’s tethered to an iPhone it gets GPS data from that. Also in a city, sometimes the WiFi detection is enough to navigate.

        And of course, you can simply follow the route on the map by looking at street signs…

  2. warning on the new maps – they’re a step backwards in many regards. I’m not upgrading just yet…


    1. That’s been the general consensus. i guess the gradual quality degradation we’ve seen in OS X 10.7 and 10.8 is coming home to roost @ iOS. Shame that a company with billions in the bank doesn’t do more quality control testing. If Steve Jobs were alive, all these broken systems and apps would not be shipping out the door.

      I’m an Apple fan but the general lowering of quality control of their software concerns me – it’s like when Windows started to go off the rails with Vista…

      1. They went off the rails long before that. ME ring a bell.

      2. Uh, that still happened when Steve was Alive.

  3. Enhanced App Store – Apple has overhauled the on device App Store interface to address the difficulty of surfacing more quality apps to users. You now have access to more information about each app including their version history. Another handy feature is that you are no longer required to enter a password for the free apps you choose to download.

    Wrong. It should just read as updates for free do not require password.

    1. I’m having a hard time downloading a video subscription…I’m asked to sign in to iTunes and provide password, but there is no way to call up the keyboard to do so….

      1. I have the same problem… sometimes the keyboard just isn’t there!

  4. Fuck apple! I hope their doing business ‘bad attitude,’ runs their punk ass into the ground! They need to be relegated to the fringe like they once were in the windows days! Perhaps Google glass can bitch slap them down like Windows did in the past.

    1. Don’t get your hopes up. Apple learned from its experience with Microsoft and is a much tougher competitor these days. They seem to be producing one hit product after another.

      Although you see a large number of bloggers and commenters that share your hatred of Apple, their number is tiny compared with the masses of Apple’s satisfied customers who don’t even visit these web pages. For them, Apple stands apart offering stylish easy-to-use products along with better customer support than the competition.

    2. Wow! Seems like the rest of the electronic world disagrees with you. Why else are they so intent on copying everything Apple does?

    3. I am with you dude. They have turned into a very arrogant business. They forget when they were the little kid on the block. Also the bigger they are the bigger they fall!

    4. Apple retail stores consistently yield high quality customer service than any retail that I have ever experienced. Not to mention the fact that Apple engineers create products that they themselves used, not just to make a buck. The kind of attitude and the TONE of word choices tells me you’re a it with reality and worse, in extreme minority of less than 1%.

      1. I don’t know what stores you’ve been shopping in or what state you’re from, but the Cincinnati area is disappointing. Apple’s genius’ are not so genius anymore. In fact, they’re pretty uneducated at times, and becoming rude and arrogant. The whole company has become too big for their britches!

    5. F*** apple’s over proprietary practices. I too hope the zombie dumb ass consuming public start to feel they are being f***ed in th a** by apple. I was a devoted apple consumer til iO6 was forced upon us and my YouTube and google maps were wiped off. F***ers!!!

      1. I don’t think that anything was forced on you. I’m posting this from my iPad still running iOS 5. My 4S is also running that. I wasn’t a hurried baby who didn’t do his research and am waiting for proper standalone solutions before upgrading. If those never come I will be staying with my current setup until it is no longer viable.

  5. Apps are what is needed to make your smartphone smart and unique.Im fond of app creating and find it really helpful to use site like Snappii where i can build apps in minutes.

  6. When will it get to Chicago? I’ve been waiting

    1. Have you tried using Parallels new iPad app for accessing Windows, even Windows 95, installed on your Mac? Or if you want to run the latest version of windows completely in the cloud (no locally installed guest), try getting an invitation to nivio.com…

    2. Wait will it delete YouTube on an iPad 2 16 Gig?

      1. How do you get it back

      2. I haven’t found iPad YouTube version yet, just iPhone for ios6

      3. Yes it will. I’ve lost my UTube app, and most of the stuff I like won’t play anymore because of the Adobe problem but hey, I’ve now got a clock instead so I can count down the seconds until i bludgeon my iPad2 to death. Thanks Apple for a useless update. Left feeling screwed over.

      4. Go to YouTube.com, click the AirPrint button, add to home screen. Problem solved. It helps when you read about the update before you do it…

      5. Just download the Google YouTube app from the App Store and everything works like before.

  7. i just updated my ipad to ios 6 . but the carrier show there are no services on my ipad 2 gsm . help me please . romeozaim@yahoo.com

    1. Did you really mean to share your email address?

  8. where is the panaroma feature?

    1. Currently that is only available on the iPhone 4S, and soon to be there on the iPhone 5.

      1. I have installed ios6 on my 4s but do not see the panorama feature. Also there is no more classification on the App Store. How do I solve these issues? Thanks.

  9. Upgraded my iPad 2 but not seeing any major benefits – Maps seems a backwards step compared with what was before, and the iPad 2 can’t handle Siri.

    Clock is handy but hardly a major leap forward, my Game & Watch had one of those in the 1980s ;)

    1. do you lose all apps/music and stuff when you update?

      1. No, you will only loose the ‘core’ apps that are no longer present with the iOS release. That is to say you will loose the Google Maps app (replaced by the Apple Maps app), and you will loose the Goole YouTube app (no replacement for that via the update).

    2. Agree maps are not as good as before

      1. Agree absolutely. Can we get the old version back? And Utube is gone can we get that back too from any where? How do we restore this to the old version before the update?

    3. I felt my iPad2 upgrade more like a downgrade. I lost google maps, youtube app and have learnt there is no Siri. Apple sucks big time….

      1. cornwallkayaker AJ Sunday, September 23, 2012

        I concur mate.

      2. Michael Deterville AJ Tuesday, September 25, 2012

        Right on brother

  10. Shame my iPad doesn’t – with iOS 6 – have most of these features and I lost YouTube nice integration and got very bad uk apple map can’t even load satelite images :(

    1. yes, in ios6 and other versions new apple map is showing some problem because it is missing few features which is described here https://twitter.com/KewKut/status/248672959538032640


      1. When you use the direct link to finally reach the story you buried under three sets of links:


        You’ll find the first comment is that the turn-by-turn nav makes up for stuff that is missing, which is slight…

    2. I lost my YouTube!!!! Why!!!!!?? That was the one thing that I enjoyed the most!!! I hate u apple!!!! Y don’t I have YouTube anymore?????

      1. Denise Chambers Quick Keiko Thursday, September 27, 2012

        I agree!

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