Even though iOS 6 launched in September, there's still much to explore in Apple's latest mobile operating system, as we discovered from Macworld magazine writers Lex Friedman and Dan Moren at Macworld 2013. We've compiled the best tips and tricks from the iOS 6 talk, from asking Siri for public transit directions to making sure your little ones don't accidentally delete or install new apps.
Before we begin, make sure you have the latest mobile OS installed (iOS 6.1, which pushed just last week), and remember to back up your phone before going through with any major changes. Have fun discovering iOS 6's best features, and let us know which tip changed the way you use your iPhone.
- Get public transit directions — Ask Siri, "Get me to [your destination] via transit," and she'll input your destination into the public transit apps already installed on your phone. You can then tap on one of the apps, and you'll be automatically routed via public transit.
- Buy movie tickets — She won't hand you a wad of cash, but if you ask, "What's playing at [name of movie theater]?", Siri will offer showtimes and a button to purchase tickets via Fandango.
- Find movie reviews and trivia — Ask "Is the Rugrats in Paris movie any good?", and Siri will tell you if that film is certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes or not. You can also grill Siri with movie trivia like, "Show me movies starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry."
- Edit fumbled speech — Apple's sharp-witted artificial intelligence doesn't always get it right, in which case you can actually edit her translation instead of trying again. Tap on Siri's translation and then type to edit or press the microphone to use dictation to correct the transcription.
- Post to Facebook or Twitter — Tell Siri to "Post [insert status update here] to Facebook [or Twitter]," and as long as you have either account set up in Settings, Siri will post on your behalf.
Read on for more iOS 6 tips, including getting your iPhone to speak in Emoji.