What’s New In iOS 6 Beta 4: Improved Privacy Settings, Maps, No More YouTube
In case you haven’t heard, the latest iOS 6 beta was released earlier today. While iOS 6 beta 4 contains many bug fixes, the latest update also includes minor changes to the services provided in iOS 6. The biggest change has to do with Privacy Settings, but Apple has also seen fit to remove YouTube as a default app on iOS.
The privacy settings have been expanded in beta 4 to deal with sensitive information shared from Calendar, Reminders, Contacts, Photos, as well as Facebook and Twitter. Users will receive alerts whenever an app tries to access any of this data. In keeping with recent scandals about popular apps leaking contact data, iOS 6 will now have an option to grant or deny such data on a app-by-app basis. This means that if you install a flashlight app, it shouldn’t be able to access your contacts list without your permission. (Assuming they don’t try to bypass Apple’s rules.) There is also a settings page for Bluetooth sharing privacy.
Another change in the beta is the option for iCloud login info on the setup screen. This may play a part in providing integrated services, such as merging iMessage accounts between multiple devices as well as iCloud tab sharing in Safari. Additionally, an app store button has appeared on Apple’s Passbook App. This means that there will likely be a ticket store (or sections for ticket vendors) built into iTunes in the near future.
Maps also got a usability overhaul. The eagle-eyed posters at 9To5Mac have noticed that one way streets are now represented by blue arrows in satellite view. One way streets can definitely be a problem in small neighborhoods and older cities.
In what may be a controversial move, the default YouTube app has been removed from iOS 6. The app has been on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007, and represents another Google service, like Maps, that has been removed from the iPhone. It will be interesting to see if Apple releases an in-house video player app, perhaps one that supports multiple sites, or if they think their customers will stick with Safari. For my part, I find that I prefer watching videos in my browser, though I switched to Google Chrome with the help of BrowserChooser.
Do you care that Apple is removing Google Maps and YouTube as default iOS apps? Will you reinstall the legacy Google apps from the App Store, will you make do with what Apple provides out of the box, or would you not notice if the YouTube app disappeared? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.