Diving into iOS 6: The subtle design changes

Apple’s announced iOS 6 update is set to bring a lot of changes to its mobile platform, and after using it for a day, I’ve found plenty of new features Apple didn’t mention in the keynote: mostly design changes, and even a subtle dig at Google.

Did you miss the cheapest new Apple product this week?

Amid the “oohs” and “aahs” for new Mac hardware and upcoming iOS 6 features that Apple announced this week, perhaps the least expensive new item out of Cupertino was missed. It’s no less important, however, for iPad owners. Take a look at Apple’s new Smart Case.

When are we going to see what Apple is doing with Chomp?

In the version of iOS 6 set to arrive this fall, Apple has redesigned its App Store app. Apple bought discovery service Chomp in February for a reported $50 million, but it’s not clear yet how much improved search and discovery is in the new app.

How Facebook integration with iOS/OS X works

Are you worried about privacy on your iPhone and iPad, because of new Facebook integration into iOS 6.0 and Mountain Lion OS X? Your can avoid the single sign-on all together, but Apple says you don’t have to because of the precautions they have taken.

The 4 most delightful things in iOS 6

There were dozens of new iOS 6 features announced at WWDC, but for me the most interesting things are the little, sometimes-overlooked updates that have the biggest impact. Here are four things Apple is doing in iOS 6 that I’m most excited about.

Apple silently updates AirPort Express

Coming in stealthily under the din of our WWDC coverage, Apple today has updated its AirPort Express wireless router. It’s redesigned to look more like an Apple TV now, now has AirPlay, and lets you use 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz bands at the same time.

FaceTime over 3G? A bargain vs. carrier voice plans

At WWDC Apple unleashed FaceTime on the 3G network. While you would think a high-quality video chat service would be poison to consumers’ restricted data plans, there’s another way to look at it: Compared to what mobile operators charge for voice, FaceTime is really a bargain.

Here’s why Apple didn’t open up Apple TV

Apple was supposed to give third-party developers access to the Apple TV SDK today, enabling them to build apps for the TV platform. That didn’t happen, and for good reason: Apple platforms are a numbers game, and Apple simply doesn’t feel like playing yet.

What you need to know about iOS 6

On stage Monday at its WWDC developer event, Apple introduced iOS 6, the next platform upgrade for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. Here’s a look at some of the 200 new features for iOS device owners in the next iteration of Apple’s mobile platform.