Does your inability to quickly update your status and broadcast your images to your friend network get you down? Worry no more, because the new Facebook is automatically integrated into your system. Take a picture, hit "send," and — voilà — you can upload it to Facebook, just like you can message it to your friends. So much updating, so little time.
Photo: Courtesy of Apple
The old way of living used to mean watching your mother call mid-dinner and being forced to choose whether you want to send her annoyingly to voicemail or see her flailing helplessly on silent. Now, thankfully, Apple has learned the art of rejection, which subtly ignores calls and either lets you send a pre-programmed text or reminds you to call them back. Your mom will be so happy!
You'll notice a sudden absence of any Google products, including the once-crucial Google maps. In its place is Apple Maps, which is faster, prettier, and offers turn-by-turn directions. The lack of "bitmap" loading means that you won't have those slow, blurry zoom-ins that you used to have.
Siri is now way more powerful. Not only does she still tell you bad jokes, but she is now able to make you dinner reservations, access Maps, and give you Yelp ratings, which isn't just useful...it's charming, too. (She still knows Mom's birthday, however.)
The detail, exquisite rendering and usefulness of the new iPhone emoticons will literally eliminate the need for words ever again. Seriously — look at the detail on that cat!
Of course, no Apple update would be complete without a slightly disconcerting iTunes revamp, changing our habits and shaking up our daily routines. This new touch-up feels more like working with the program on a laptop or desktop — and the app program is streamlined and made more pleasant to use. No more scrolling, waiting for your options to load, and then scrolling some more.