Do Not Disturb – The Notifications feature has been enhanced to allow you to quickly turn off all notification settings in one swipe, just as you could before iOS 5. You can now also configure each of your mail configurations independently from within notification. So if you want to be alerted by new mail messages coming into your Google account, but not your Yahoo account, now you can. This includes setting up a distinctive mail alert and/or vibration pattern for each account.
Very Important Contacts – Along with the update to the notification configurations comes the ability to create your own list of very important people. You can have calls, messages and mail notifications from these users handled differently than others. When you turn on the Do Not Disturb mode, you can allow alerts from your favorites to come through. This comes in handy if you are willing to be interrupted by only certain individuals.
iCloud tabs in Safari – Now just as you can with Safari in OS X Mountain Lion, with iOS 6 you can see what you have open in the tabs on your other devices. Organized by the name you have associated with each device, you can now see all of the most recent tabs that you have open on all of your Safari browsers, including on your iPad.
Enhanced App Store - Apple has overhauled the on device App Store interface to address the difficulty of surfacing more quality apps to users. You now have access to more information about each app including their version history. Another handy feature is that you are no longer required to enter a password for the free apps you choose to download.
New Clock app for iPad – Narrowing the number of default iPhone apps that are missing on the iPad, Apple has decided to finally include the Clock app as a standard with iOS 6 for iPad. The Clock app is not a direct port from the iPhone version; you can instantly tell that each feature was custom designed with the larger interface of the iPad in mind. You have a World Clock, Alarm, Stopwatch and Timer just as you do on the iPhone version.
FaceTime everywhere – While the iPhone is getting the ability to send and receive FaceTime calls over cellular networks for the first time, Apple has enhanced Facetime so that you can receive all of your FaceTime alerts across all of your devices. That now includes alerts that someone is trying to FaceTime you on another iOS or OS X device. This means all your devices will ring at the same time.
Overall, the iOS 6 update is rather significant if you are the owner of a third-generation iPad. Remember: don’t feel like you need to run out and buy an iPhone 5 in order to take advantage of all of the new features of iOS 6.
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