We’ve been combing through iOS 6 beta 4, which Apple released to developers this morning, for any differences in the update, and so far, we’ve managed to spot a handful of them.

In addition to the removal of the native YouTube application, we’ve also discovered a new Bluetooth Sharing option in the Privacy settings, as well as some other minor changes…

The new Bluetooth Sharing menu, which appears in the Settings application under the Privacy pane, lists apps that have requested the ability to share data via Bluetooth.

We’re not exactly sure what this means just yet, but it could have something to do with the Bluetooth linking feature that iLounge mentioned in a report last week:

“Our source also claimed that Apple is working on an as-yet-undisclosed iOS 6 feature that will act as a bridge between its Bluetooth 4-capable devices.

The feature would enable, say, a future iPod nano to display iMessages received by an iPhone, record voice memos that could be shared via the iPhone, and even initiate phone calls through its own headphones.”

This has the potential to be an extremely powerful feature, especially for accessories like the Pebble Watch, which hope to stream push notifications and other data from the iPhone over Bluetooth.

There’s also a new option in the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar Settings pane for Shared Calendars. When enabled, you will be notified about any new, modified or deleted shared events.

Other minor changes include improvements to the Maps app, a revamped iOS 6 splash screen (above), and a new button in the Passbook app that links to the App Store — possibly for a new Passbook-compatible app section to come.

That’s about it for now. We’ll let you know if we find any other notable new features or changes.

Thanks @poggylicious, @mrbwler

  • Thanks for the @mentions iDB! I thought that picture looked familiar.

    • And thanks for sending that to us 🙂

  • mind BLOWN

  • How can I get the passbook app

    • Apple will activate it at the next iPhone release update (you know what I mean) I think the reason is that it has many clues about the next iPhone.

  • Removal of Youtube app now makes me believe in iOS 6 again.

    • apple is removing good apps and adding garbage

      • i’m pretty sure you don’t know what you’re talking about. youtube hasn’t been updated on the iphone since the original iphone, which was released in 2007. m.youtube.com is much faster and provides higher quality video and audio, and is significantly easier to use and navigate. i’m happy they removed a 5-year-old stale app from their interface.

      • U honestly liked the youtube app??? Garbage is awesome in that aspect

  • seyss

    I hope it is OBEX… people who use other phones often laugh at us for not being able to receive a file over Bluetooth from a 10yo phone.

    • When they laugh that you don’t have bluetooth, just say to them that their phone manufacturer steals their contacts and data from the phone, or just tell them, Apple cares about my security, you’re not 😀

      • Do people even use bluetooth? Never needed it

      • they do….when my frnd clicks a pic of us…i ahve to wait for him to email me….when other of my non iphone frnds get that instantly…eventually i am always short of the pictures compared to others…
        PS: they dont allow me to snap pics as my iPhone dont hav bluetooth…makes me feel bad…:/

      • You always can, air blue sharing from cydia. N also u can use bump.

      • Airblue sharing is buggy…plus i want apple to implement it..:)

      • javierE186

        No unlimited Data/SMS/MMS? Well doesn’t have to be unlimited but that’s how most people I know send pictures and videos. Sure there is a cap on the amount that can be sent at a time but I am able to send 15-20 (all depends on the size) at once, (then again I am jailbroken) if you’re not then you’re stuck with the max of 5 at a time (I believe that’s right).

      • Have you dver seen 2 samsung guyz mms each other pics when they are together….y hassle so much of mmsing or mailing when you can simply send it via bluetooth….
        You have a valid point but thats just an alternative nd people wid bluetooth enable devices see that as extra burden…
        Ps: do you really dnt want apple to enable bluetooth sharing…??…:o

  • 4th gen iPod Touches now get shared photo streams 😀

  • lol after 5 years they finally put in bluetooth sharing