iOS 6 introduces a much improved Phone app

By , Jun 11, 2012

Apple just unveiled an interesting little enhancement to the stock Phone app that in iOS 6 includes a number of new features, such as canned responses, a brand new Do Not Disturb setting, FaceTime video calls over cellular networks and the unification of your phone number and Apple ID (say goodbye to the dreaded iMessage conundrum), to name a few…

Apple’s iOS boss Scott Forstall said during the WWDC keynote:

You probably have been in a meeting where you can’t take a call, but you want to text back, or remind yourself to call them later. Now there’s a new tool in the phone app where you can.

Now when a phone call comes in, you can choose to reply with a message, use one of the canned responses or choose to be reminded later.

iOS 6 adds new calling features to your iPhone. Now when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder. And when things are just too hectic, turn on Do Not Disturb and you won’t be bothered by anyone — except can’t-miss contacts like your boss or your better half.

Reply:

When a call comes in that you can’t answer right away, swipe up to reveal options. Quickly reply with an iMessage or SMS. Use a preset message or write a custom one.

Remind:

When a call comes in that you can’t answer right away, swipe up to reveal options. Set up a time- or location-based callback reminder. Get an alert in an hour or when you leave your current location, arrive at home, or get to work.

Do Not Disturb:

Turn on Do Not Disturb to suppress all incoming calls and notifications. Enable it manually or schedule a recurring time, like after 10:00 p.m. on weeknights. Or allow calls from your favorites or specific contact groups.

The Do Not Disturb feature goes even further than that so you can choose to be reminded in an hour or get a reminder when you leave. This, of course, sets up a geofence around your current location so your device will remind you when you leave.

Apple has also unified your phone number and Apple ID so if someone calls you on your phone number for Facetime, you can answer it on your iPad or Mac. Plus, they’re doing the same thing with iMessage.

As for making phone calls, finder controls are available letting you choose which phone calls you can receive. You can also do groups and set up repeated calls: that is, if someone calls a second time in three minutes, their call is probably very important so it’ll come through.

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  • http://twitter.com/iPhoneHrvatska iPhone Hrvatska

    nice, is there a jailbreak tweek for this, I need it ASAP

    • http://twitter.com/dachosenone4u Devek

      yep for DoNotDisturb, Download “BannerDisable” and for Facetime over 3G, Download either “Facebreak or 3G Unrestirctor”

  • http://twitter.com/9freedy9 Gróf Attila

    apple is the luckiest company because the jailbreak developers ALWAYS show apple what they need to include into their new (‘ most developed operating system,) iOS

    • 2008crna

      The jailbreak developers need to somehow patent their tweaks and bank on Apple’s copycat methods.

      • http://twitter.com/9freedy9 Gróf Attila

        yeah they should somehow prevent apple from stealing their ideas….. apple’s only big surprise is the 3d map but when are the widgets coming?!

      • http://www.facebook.com/analogesque Micke Lundgren

        Doesn’t really work like that, does it? The thing with jailbreak developers is that they are on the wrong side of the fence. Apple keeps saying that hey, no, please don’t jailbreak your iPhones and install a lot of third party-tweaks and apps, we don’t want that in our ecosystem.

        But still the jailbreak developers press on, and frankly, they have no legal ground on which to protect their work. Which is fine by me, honestly, because I think Apple have every right to “steal” ideas from jailbreak tweaks.

        The thing is, no Apple, no jailbreak developers. It’s as easy as that. They both kinda need one another, so there’s no need for them to be at eachothers throats.

        And sure, Apple probably gets inspiration from the jailbreak community, but they usually create a way more polished and intuitive function than the jailbreak predecessor. And I say, the sooner Apple gets exactly everything right, the sooner I am quitting on jailbreaking. Because honestly, it’s a friggin’ hassle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZGXZIFDOHJ2NVMDRXYHUA4QXE JORGE A.

    HI GUYS, APPLE AGAIN IS JUST COPYING WHAT ANDROID ALREADY HAVE IN ITS DEVICES SINCE MORE THAN 1 YEAR AGO, WHAT A SHAME, NO CREATIVITY, JUST STEALING IDEAS AND MAKE PEOPLE THINK IT IS A COOL FEATURE!! COME ON GUYS WAKE UP!

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      What’s with the ALL CAPS? Android sucks.

    • http://twitter.com/YaseenTawfiq Yaseen AlSuwaidan

      OK.. you got our attention…

      anything else?

    • http://twitter.com/OrangeSn0w ☃OrangeSn0w☃

      Why are you here?

  • sasan akbari

    Cool!!!

  • gapperonduty

    is there a cydia tweak for that “call me later” feature? that looks really cool but not so much to lose a jailbreak for when the 6 arrives….

    but pretty sure the JB community is competent enough to make one if there isnt already one :)

    • http://twitter.com/pharaohdactyl Stephan

      I’m Busy SMS is a similar tweak, lets you decline and automatically sends a predefined text. Doesn’t quite give the multitude of options (like reminder, etc.) but it’s a start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    This “remind-me-later-call-phone” is needed, Does somebody know if this exist in Cydia? Btw Ithink IOS 6 is good 2 :)

  • http://twitter.com/sfennah Sara Fennah

    Like an app I used on windows mobile 6. But that also could be set to enable if diary showed busy. It’s good but could go further.

  • http://twitter.com/slide_job steve mccabe

    They should add where you can change the length of the vibration on vibrate with out having to make a custome vibrate tone for everyone in your contacts list , that would be realy great

  • Jake Patterson

    “do not disturb” is already a feature……Airplane Mode! does the same thing, and best part: you don’t need to update to ios6. call mode? just double tap the lock button and it does the same thing. its a nice feature i’ve grown accustomed to; the “F-you” button….