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iOS 6 to Introduce “Really Big” Changes to Stock Apps

by Brandon Russell | June 1, 2012June 1, 2012 1:00 pm PST

iOS 6 logoApple’s iOS is old. Make no mistake, it still looks great. There hasn’t been a whole lot of change, though — notifications here, folders there — since we first laid eyes on the mobile OS in 2007. It doesn’t sound like iOS 6 will do much to address that staleness many longtime users have been experiencing, either. In other words, don’t expect iOS 6 to be “Earth-shattering.”

According to iDownloadBlog’s “credible source,” Apple is focusing on overhauling its stock apps, rather than adding much to core OS features. That means no widgets, which many fans have been asking for for years now, and no home screen redesign. However, the rewritten stock apps are said to “deliver groundbreaking enhancements.” But enough to make the iOS experience feel new again?

“You’ll be surprised,” the source said. “You’ll find the update worth it… You could say iOS 6 at least matches iOS 5 in terms of new capabilities. Both are similar in breadth of feature additions.”

We already know an in-house mapping application is coming from Apple, and there have been suggestions both the Camera and Photos apps are getting some much needed upgrades. When asked about whether iOS 6 would introduce multitasking improvements, however, the source wouldn’t say. Instead, the source hinted that “iPad 3 owners will find the iOS 6 update well worth it.”

Will iOS 6 be a big disappointment? It depends on how you look at it. If the source’s comments around iOS’s core being untouched are true, it may be hard for diehard fans (of change) to accept the absence of multitasking or home screen tweaks. Hey, at least there is always the option to jailbreak.

[via iDownloadBlog]

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...