Inside iOS 6: Safari, Phone and Mail Gain Awesome Features

Apple took iOS 6 as an opportunity to overhaul several of its stock apps, most notably including Safari, Phone and Mail. Safari for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now has iCloud Tabs, which Apple describes best as a feature that “keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off on whatever device is handy.” Apple also made improvements to offline reading for Safari, allowing the mobile browser to save full webpages in your Reading List instead of just links.

Furthermore, you can now take photos or select existing ones from Camera Roll without leaving Safari, which is great for posting items on eBay or classified websites such as Craigslist or Kijiji. And if you are feeling constrained by the user interface of Safari, simply turn your device to landscape mode and tap the full-screen icon to view webpages without any distractions. Check out the new Phone and Mail features ahead.

Moving on to Phone, it is now easier to respond to incoming calls. You can automatically send the caller to your voicemail, instantly reply with a text message, or set a callback reminder for later. When sending a text message, there are a number of preset phrases to choose from such as “I’ll call you later” or “I’m on my way,” but you can also send your own custom message. Apple also introduced a new “Do Not Disturb” mode in Settings — which can be toggled on/off or preset for a specific time each day — that keeps your screen on low brightness and does not make any sounds or alerts.

Mail also received a facelift in iOS 6 with a new VIP inbox across your devices and an easier way to attach photos or videos to your emails. Also, you can now swipe down on your screen to automatically refresh your email mailboxes. It is nice to see improvements being made to the native Mail application with emerging alternatives such as GMail and Sparrow now available from the App Store. iOS 6 is available now as a beta for registered Apple developers, while a public release is slated for this Fall.

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