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iOS 6 Beta: First Look

iOS 6 appears to be a great update, with many new and useful features for iPhones and iPads--but the changes aren't so radical that you'll have to learn the OS all over again. Apple has made important changes to Music, iTunes, Maps, and Siri. It has added Facebook and Twitter integration, and a useful location-based feature called geofencing.
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Siri

Our little girl is growing up. In iOS 5.x, Siri had a great deal of trouble understanding me. I was convinced that regardless of how clearly I spoke, the current incarnation of the speech recognition software just couldn't handle my speech patterns. As long as you speak directly to the phone, Siri now seems spot on--if she understands what to do with what you've said. Basic questions about weather, local points of interest, or the calendar, are mostly handled well. With iOS 6.0, using Siri with a Bluetooth microphone and speaker (note the Bluetooth icons in the Siri screenshots), yielded excellent results when asking about weather. Siri got it right, first try.

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