09/20/2012 01:07 pm ET Updated Sep 21, 2012

iOS 6 Features: 5 Ways Apple's New Mobile Software Will Make Your Life Easier

iOS 6 has arrived!

Apple's brand-spanking-new operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch was released yesterday. (Here's how you can download it). So far, most of what we've heard is griping about the system's default mapping service. In case you haven't heard, Apple has stopped using Google Maps as the built-in navigation tool for iOS and has switched to a Maps app of its own -- and critics are not impressed.

The swap from Google Maps to Apple's Maps app has been dubbed, among other things, "a turd in a very ornate punch bowl." Our own Jason Gilbert has lambasted the failure of the new Apple Maps app to give directions for subway and other public transport, writing that "iOS 6's Maps feels like a downgrade, not an upgrade." HuffPostTech's Bianca Bosker also takes issue with iOS 6, writing (from her iPhone), "With its new upgrade, apple, the company built on intuitive devices and an 'it just works' philosophy, has committed the ultimate sin of making our lives more difficult, not less."

But for those of you who can get along without Google Maps, iOS 6 could actually make your life a helluva lot better -- if only you give it a chance. Here are 5 ways the new iOS can make your life easier.

5 Ways iOS 6 Will Make Your Life Easier