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Unlike much of the blogosphere, I decided to actually use iOS 6 for a while before I cast judgement. After exploring the operating system, I am impressed. It is much faster and more sophisticated than iOS 5.1.1. Many of the issues I had hoped they would fix are fixed. Despite the blogosphere taking a big dump on Maps, it is actually quite good. It may be that some of the map data is inaccurate, particularly with regard to points of interest. However, in my use, I have found it to be accurate, easy-to-use, and beautifully designed.
I am cynical and critical of Apple. After all, I started this site, Appledystopia, out of frustration with my Apple TV crashing when I played music via AirPlay. (Steve Jobs did admit that Apple TV is a hobby, and it is an inexpensive device that I find to be very useful.) That said, iOS 6 is amazing. My first impression was that it was going to be buggy. When the configuration screens proved to be a bit unresponsive, I was worried. After using the OS for a few days, I have found it to be rock-solid and very fast. I am upgrading my iPhone as I type this!
iOS 6 is lightning-fast. That’s impressive. Being a Windows user for 20-some years, I am accustomed to OS upgrades being slower. This doesn’t seem to be the case with iOS. iOS 5 was faster than 4. iOS 6 is faster than 5. The most impressive speed increase is with Safari. It is actually faster than Chrome, Firefox, or Safari on my Mac Pro. Yes, you read that right. It is faster to browse the web on my iPad than my Mac Pro.
In addition to speed, Safari has some nice new features. Notably, you can sync your tabs across the cloud. You can open as many tabs as you want. There is no longer a 9 tab limit. I opened about 30, and it worked fine. Ten tabs are visible on the toolbar, and the remaining can be accessed from a list.