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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

iOS 6 packs in plenty of improvements, but lacks the pizzazz we've seen in previous updates.

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Pros
  • Voice turn-by-turn navigation
  • Improved overall performance
  • Siri has improved functionality
Cons
  • App Store layout is difficult to navigate
  • Lots of minor improvements, few major revisions
  • New maps are decent, but still a work in progress
79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

80
jackdog1997
This is definitely going to be one of the better iOS's that apple has released....read more
40
ImTheStig
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - Engadget
100
Jdvitt
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
With iOS 6, Apple seems to be more focused on refining the overall user experience than debuting significant new feature additions. On the other hand, it's still an improvement over iOS 5. But let's face it -- this won't be a difficult decision to make.
 
80
T3
The key thing remains: it all works together flawlessly, and many of the zinged up features will work with existing iDevices.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
There are lots of new features in iOS 6. Some will massively improve the way you use the phone, others won't make a blind bit of difference. With over 200 new elements and features, that's always going to be the case.
 
80
CNET
A couple of big features and a ton of tiny tweaks come together to make iOS 6 a must-have update, just as long as you can get it on your device.
 
80
Ars Technica
Much like OS X's move from Leopard to Snow Leopard, iOS 6 refines many of the major changes introduced in iOS 5. It's a more modest release than iOS 5, but existing iOS users will be pleased with the update.
 
60
The Telegraph
It remains a stable, solid operating system with the sort of attention to detail for which Apple has become known. However, the highlight features in iOS 6 are underwhelming and, in the case of Maps, worryingly error prone.
 
80
Cult of Mac
iOS 6 is superior in every way to what came before it, and lays important groundwork for the future.
 
80
TechCrunch
Overall, iOS 6 is a big step forward, but that’s hardly surprising given Apple’s track record. As always, there will be those who say it doesn’t push the envelope enough, and Maps has already ruffled quite a few feathers.
 
80
BGR
iOS 6 is yet another welcome update to polish off what was already a solid OS. It’s got a ton of small features to make daily inconveniences that much more manageable, and that’s really what technology should be; it should work to make our lives easier. iOS 6 does that in the simplest of ways.
 
90
Macworld
Simply put, there’s no reason not to update to iOS 6, and plenty of reasons for you to jump onboard.