The Good Apple's iOS 6 adds many features that we've long wanted. Existing apps are easier to use, the 3D maps are gorgeous, and Siri takes a huge leap forward.
The Bad Many of the new features are similar to what Android phones have had for a long time, and Apple Maps needs a lot of work. Some features won't work on older devices and some popular third-party apps like Google Maps are no longer integrated.
The Bottom Line The transition to Apple Maps is rough, but new features and a ton of tiny tweaks make iOS 6 a must-have update.
So-so Maps mar otherwise stellar upgrade
Editors' note: This review was updated on November 7, 2012, to reflect bug fixes added in version 6.0.1.
Apple's iOS 6 is more of an incremental update than a game-changer, but with more than 200 features, there is plenty to like here. Outside of the new Maps app, Passbook, and new Siri functions, most of the changes are small, but the total package is more than the sum of its individual parts.
The update will make your iPhone experience better and more efficient, and make the device easier to use. Sure, some of the new features have long existed on other devices, and on some they're better, but that's not really the point. Rather, Apple again has managed to smooth out the rough edges and offer a solid experience across the board.
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