June 16, 2012, 7:03 AM — On Monday, Apple offered the first glimpse of iOS 6 during the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Though the updated mobile operating system won't arrive until sometime this fall, it's never too early to start drooling over the new features. We already covered the flagship features of iOS 6--like seriously updated Siri, majorly overhauled Maps, and systemwide Facebook integration--so here's a look at some cool features coming in iOS 6 that you may have missed.
A new Share screen
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In iOS 5, when you tap to share a photo, you get a long list of sharing actions to choose from--whether it's posting to Twitter, sending an email or iMessage, or some other option. iOS 6 adds Facebook sharing as an option, along with sharing to various Chinese social networks. (That's a nod to how important the Chinese market has become to Apple.) But Apple decided against cramming more buttons into that panel.
Instead, iOS 6 presents you with a new, icon-based sharing screen. It uses icons to represent the apps and services that you can share your content with and looks quite a bit like the iPhone's home screen.
New Siri functionality
Flagship features added to Siri include the voice-driven personal assistant's arrival on the third-generation iPad. Siri also gains the ability to answer questions about sports and movies in iOS 6, and it will be integrated with turn-by-turn directions in Maps. But the virtual assistant gains several other new features as well that might have escaped your attention.
In iOS 6, you'll be able to compose new tweets and Facebook status updates with Siri--and both capabilities appear to be implemented smartly: If you link your friends' Twitter usernames to their Contacts entries, Siri automatically translates their real names as you dictate. That is, if I say, "Tweet 'Excellent dinner last night with Jason Snell, Dan Moren, and Serenity Caldwell,'" Siri will automatically composes a tweet like "Excellent dinner last night with @jsnell, @dmoren, and @settern."