More new iOS 6 features rumored, including "Do Not Disturb" switch and Siri for iPadAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Last week, some details related to iOS 6 and its rumored Facebook integration and new Maps app surfaced, and this morning the iOS leaks have continued flowing. According to a report from 9to5 Mac, iOS 6 is set to include a few new features that will also be present in the upcoming version of OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion. The first of these new features is iCloud Tabs, which will sync a user's open tabs between Macs and iOS devices and allow the user to open those tabs individually. Also reportedly coming is Mail VIPs, a feature that'll star email from a selected group of senders. Finally, a "Do Not Disturb" feature for Notification Center that'll prevent incoming notifications from appearing has been tipped for iOS 6. The Do Not Disturb toggle is said to be present in the iOS Settings menu, similar to the Airplane Mode button.
Also allegedly coming with iOS 6 this year is Siri for the iPad. A source speaking to 9to5 Mac claims that all of the capabilities of Siri on the iPhone 4S will be present on the iPad, save for the phone-specific commands. Siri on iPad reportedly won't take up the entirety of the tablet's 9.7-inch display, instead sliding up in a small window from the bottom of the screen and resting in the middle of the iPad's display. It's not yet clear if Siri will be limited to the new iPad or if the iPad 2 will also gain the feature, but several tipsters suggest that the voice assistant may be exclusive to the third-gen model. A mockup of what Siri on the iPad could look like is available below.
Finally, some more details of iOS 6's rumored Facebook integration have been named. The Facebook integration is said to be similar to the Twitter integration already found in iOS 5, allowing users to post photos to Facebook straight from the iOS Photos app. Apple is also said to be prepping a new Facebook-related feature for the App Store, which will build a Facebook "Like" button into individual app pages in the App Store. Users can click that "Like" button and send the app details, along with an optional message, to their Facebook Timeline. Additionally, a Facebook section in the iOS Settings menu with a list of all the other iOS apps connected to your Facebook account is rumored to be included in iOS 6.
Considering that Facebook had an average of 300 million photos uploaded to it each day during the first three months of 2012, it makes sense that easy photo sharing would be a big part of iOS 6's Facebook integration. Also, the Do Not Disturb feature sounds like it could be useful for when you want to hit the sack but don't want to flip your phone into Airplane Mode to avoid being bothered, and it'll be interesting to see Siri finally make its way to another iOS device, though I'm sure that iPad 2 owners won't be terribly pleased if they don't get to use Apple's voice assistant. What do you all make of these rumored iOS 6 features? Is there one that gets your particularly excited about the next version of iOS?