A bunch of Apple's planned iOS 6 features could make your favorite third-party apps redundant.
iOS 6 will add functions that third-party apps were already doing well. Apple's recent WWDC announcements must have sounded like a death bell for a group of app developers trying to develop a niche in the iPhone marketplace.
Here's a partial list of the apps you'll no longer need once iOS 6 hits this autumn:
Alarm Tunes (Or any Alarm Clock app)
Once upon time you needed to download an app like Alarm Tunes if you wanted to wake up to your favorite podcast, or music playlist. But with iOS 6 you can be waking up to your favorite tunes right out of the box.
I'm sure the developers behind Alarm Tunes will be waking up to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" for the next couple of weeks.
Saving web pages to view later when you're not hooked into Wi-Fi is a great idea. Unfortunately, for Apple they didn't come up with it. Instapaper did and they've been around since 2008. iOS 6 has officially made Instapaper redundant with its new offline reading list feature built into Safari.
I'm sure the people at Instapaper will have plenty of time to catch up on their reading when iOS 6 drops later this autumn.
Apple will be launching a whole new mapping system with iOS 6. The new maps do cool stuff like turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic updates, and 3D maps. All things GPS apps and devices have been doing for years.
GPS company TomTom is looking like a genius for pairing up with Apple for the new GPS guidance. TomTom will help Siri tell iPhone users how to get around, while apps like Garmin GPS will soon help nobody.
The Garmin GPS developers are looking like they lack direction now that iOS 6 is in town.
FlightTrack is a cool little app that offers live flight status tracking. Of course, with iOS 6's new Passbook feature you'll never need it again.
Passbook will let you load in your boarding pass and then do the same thing that FlightTrack does. Users will get updates on flights and any other relevant information an on the go traveler needs with Passbook.
The FlightTrack developers have clearly missed the boarding call for the new iPhone as Passbook just took their seat.
This one is a bit more complicated than the others. Through a mixture of new features Foursquare has lost its relevance. With iOS 6's new Find my Friends function you don't need Foursqaure to tell you where your buddies are. And now that iOS has Yelp support you don't need Foursquare to tell you about cool restaurants close by.
Apple has officially made it so you don't need Foursquare by throwing in all the stuff Foursquare does into iOS 6. Foursquare only really is useful if you have friends with Android devices, and judging by recent studies you probably don't.
It looks like iOS just found a really cool Japanese restaurant and isn't telling Foursquare developers where it's at.
Thats just some of the apps that iOS 6 has made redundant. All the new iOS features are pretty exciting, if not all together new. Apple prides itself on leading the technology pack but nothing about iOS looks particularly groundbreaking. Who knows, maybe all the cutting edge stuff will be introduced with iOS 7.
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