How Are You Finding iOS 6 In Australia?

How Are You Finding iOS 6 In Australia?

iOS 6 is officially released today, and iDevice owners are busy downloading and installing it. Many of its new features work in Australia, but not all of them. What’s working well for you?

We already know that there are only a handful of companies supporting Passbook and that we won’t get turn-by-turn directions until October.

Reader Zac sent in the above image, demonstrating that while Siri claims to supply sporting information for Australia, it doesn’t seem to know anything about NRL. Found any other options that aren’t working properly in Australia? Which new features have you already found useful? Tell us in the comments.


    • I tested the maps on the way to work. It took me the ‘slow’ way and didn’t recalculate its route when I ignored it’s directors. I will let time be the judge.

    • Agreed, especially with the 3D buildings for Melbourne — very impressive… Although I’ve seen a mate’s iPhone4, which doesn’t have that “Flyover” ability, and the satellite view of Melbourne is terrible…

  • Maps seems a bit light. Many of the cycle paths are missing (they are there in openstreetmap!) and the routing doesnt seem to give me the most optimal route (compared to google).

  • You can ask Siri what sports she knows about. Baseball, basketball, American Football, Ice Hockey and soccer is her reply. You can also ask about specific leagues, apparently.

  • Maps has a long way to go to catch up to Google maps. Outside city areas, satellite maps look like they’re shot through fog or smoke and some areas are such low resolution as to be useless. Eg try looking at Paton beach in Thailand and compare with Google maps. I’ll be using Google maps in Safari for a while yet I think.

    • Depends on your phone — an iPhone 4, I’m guessing…. On the 4S, the satellite imagery is amazing — even for suburbs in Melbourne, which I wasn’t expecting… Very pleasantly surprised…

    • This can be fixed by turning off ‘set time and date automatically’ and Then turning them back on, u get is this crappy Nova thing anyway. The might as well have said passbook not available in Australia.

    • Only useful bit ive seen so far is Do Not Disturb, and the revolutionary feature of being able to pick a full song as the alarm rather than just a 40second ringtone version.

      Shard photostream may or may not will have to see.

      Maps so far for me dont seem toooooooooooooooo bad, but then i use metroview for navigation anyway and almost always use addresses rather than POI names when i do use maps.

  • I have an iPhone 4, I think I’ll stick with iOS5, No real reason to upgrade to iOS 6, except to loose Google Maps. Maybe once the map app improves I will, but by then I’ll probably be using another device anyway.

  • I dont hate it, seems to do everything it promised, I went and bought a new set of the earpods today to go with the updates, they are, in my opinion, a really great set of headphones for 35 bucks. Not sure if I’m sold on the maps update or the new youtube app, itunes store is good now because you can listen to a sample and keep browsing.

  • Process was smooth and flawless at 10am. All working okay. But looking everywhere for a tip on how NOT to import all my facebook ‘friends’ to iphone contacts. That would be a nightmare… but I can’t find any way not to do it. Tips anyone?

    • It asks you the question initially — I think it’s when you configure your Facebook credentials under Setttings — so of course you would pick “no, thanks”…

      If you change your mind later on, go back under Facebook in the Settings, and there’s an “Update all contacts” option…

  • The lack offunctionality in maps i verys disappointing.

    If anyone could make people feel good about losing features they are used to having as standard it would e Apple. But in this case I don’t think even the mighty Apple Marketing Machine can bring the users back from this.

    People do not care that Apple hates Google, or Google’s implementation of maps. All customers care is if the features they want are available and work properly.

    I think a lot potential iPhone users will be divided over this. One set of people will be like: “wow the iPhone 4S/4/5 is fail because of stupid maps. why doesn’t it work the same as google maps? sif anyone would buy a phone without street view..!” And the others will be like “I don’t care: it’s iPhone and it does everything I want. Why do I card which maps it uses? It has maps, that’s all I need.”

    I really miss street view, can’t wait for Google to bring their native iOS maps app out. Guess I might try Google Earth for a bit, not sure if it does street view yet though…

    Boo Apple. Boo!

  • Meh. iOS6 on iPad 3. Siri is a novel idea. Lots of things she can’t do in Australia. Asked if I needed an umbrella this morning. No not going to rain. It was bucketing down at the time but I guess that’s yahoo weather. No more you tube app. Maps is disappointing. Still finding / trying the new feature. Nothing has excited me so far.

  • Maps are appalling. My street is clear in Google Maps but covered in clouds in Apple Maps.

    Siri is appalling. I asked about Genius Bar and she offered me a list of “Apple” shops, which were mostly things to do with ‘apple pies’ and fruit shops. If a product like Siri only gives sensible answers a quarter of the time, it doesn’t take too long to give up using it.

  • tethering from a iphone to an ipad sucks via WiFi. Works well with bluetooth though. Haven’t played with it long enough at the moment.
    WiFi tethering worked well prior to the upgrade.
    I noticed a telco change after the ios upgrade.

  • Make way for the ancients, a 3gs 🙂 Updated at 4.00am, went very smooth. Ok with the 3gs you don’t get bugger all i06 feature “fruit”. But here is why I like it;
    1. facebook integration (I really dreaded this feature) but its working out very well. I don’t use facebook and can’t see any new traces of it on i06. thanks heaps apple.
    2. Scrolling seems to be smoother. I realize things will probably choke up soon but its smoother.
    3. Battery life, no measured improvement but no worse (its only been 1 day).
    Small glitches; Itunes told me to log onto the Aussie itunes store, no drama as a google search solved that. Also my favourite sound app (an mp3 player) went all stuttery on me after the update, i.e. the sound skipped. But pressing pause and play a few times it works 🙂 cheers

  • Maps are horrible for apps like You can barely see railway lines and train stations. An option to use Google maps would be nice.

    Lack of Street View is a shame too.

  • When you ask Siri “who won the AFL last week” siri says “sorry i don’t know about Australian football”.

    So it know AFL is Australian football, but not who won lol.

  • I upgraded first and got the error 4 problem and then had to restore from back up and it worked fine. Maps is annoying. Definitely no match for google maps on Iphone 4. Do not disturb is a great feature and safari full screen is really good. I noticed with OPTUS that I now have personal hotspot enabled and i’m on prepaid which I thought they weren’t doing. So that’s neat to have. haven’t tried it yet. I’m just really hoping to get it jailbroken again soon because i miss great apps like DASHBOARD X and Private Photo Albums tweaks. Can’t believe they don’t have widgets. Must be a patent infringement.

  • I updated yesterday on my 3GS. I am still so surprised that my 3GS is keeping up with the demands. It’s probably just my mind playing tricks on me but I swear my phone feels faster. Maps are responsive, standard apps like messaging, photos, weather all seem to be quicker to open. But like I said, it’s probably my mind playing tricks on me.

  • I am really disappointed in the maps and the App Store is a nightmare. The buttons at the bottom are constantly changing and it constantly crashes, especially on the Genius button. I am finding a lot of my other apps are crashing that were very stable before. Seeing what Samsung offer in terms of functionality, particularly maps, as standard on their OS, it seems Apple have really dropped the ball on this one.

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