Apple’s iOS 6 won’t be released until later this fall, but we’ve compiled some apps that mimic (sort of) some of the new features that the latest iOS version contains.  And while these substitute apps still aren’t 100% the same, they should still do the trick and sustain your iOS 6 cravings until this fall, when it is released.

Passbook-like Apps

So Passbook is supposed to provide users with a one-step app that can store things like your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards and more in all one place.

The alternatives…

FlightTrack Pro

For $0.99, FlightTrack Pro will provide you with live flight status, just as Passbook is supposed to do. It also provides travelers with a seat map and layouts of various airports. But it doesn’t store your boarding pass.

Boarding Pass

Unlike FlightTrack Pro, Boarding Pass ($0.99) provides frequent travelers the ability to check-in to various airlines since it combines check-in pages from more than 40 airlines. You can also directly save the boarding pass. Wallet

The smart wallet app that turns your iPhone into a digital wallet that organizes and store all your cards, receipts, and more, so that you can access what you need very conveniently. The free app is pretty handy and is supposed to act like what Passbook is supposed to be. Cost: free (there is a pro version for biz folks).

Wildcard Network

You can easily add all your gift cards to the Wildcard App and easily check all balances (or call customer service with just a single tap)! The free app also allows you to scan your giftcard’s barcode to make purchases, while also allowing you to buy, give, re-gift or load more giftcards. Cost: free.

Siri-like Apps

Siri will soon be able do a lot more! She’ll speak more languages and provide the latest scores and stats for games, she’ll provides the latest movie reviews and showtimes and find the best restaurants in town and make reservations! 

The alternatives…

Vlingo Voice App

So iPhone 4S users already have Siri and she’s supposed to get better, but those who don’t have the latest version can get Vlingo for free, which is a voice activated virtual assistant for your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. The free download probably won’t be as smart as the newest Siri, but something is better than nothing! Cost: free.

Dragon Go

Unlike Siri, Dragon Go lets you launch apps and perform other voice controls.  There is also Dragon Dictation, a separate app, for those that are looking to compose emails or text messages, though it won’t work directly work in each respective app.  Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to launch the app to use it – it’s not native to the iPhone 4s like Siri. Cost: free.

Improved Map-like Apps with turn-by-turn

The new iOS provides a better Maps app that gives users visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates, as well as 3D view.

The alternatives…


Waze is a hands-free and voice-operated app that’s free, as well as being a community-based traffic and navigation app that plugs you into the driving community in your area. You’ll be able to outsmart traffic, save time and gas money and it’s designed to improve everybody’s daily commute. Cost: free.

CoPilot GPS

The free offline route planning and local exploring app allows you to navigate where you need to go without having to rely on your mobile connection. It provides detailed street maps and millions of useful points of interest, as well as the ability to locate local restaurants, stores, gas stations and more using quality 2D maps. But it also allows for an in-app upgrade to get 3D maps and voice-guided navigations.  Cost: free. 

Shared Photo Stream-like App

The new  Shared Photo Stream allows you to share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. And If the people you’re sharing with aren’t using an Apple device, they can view your photos on the web. 

The alternatives…


The new Dropbox for iOS will automatically upload photos your photos to your account and even create a special “Camera Uploads” folder in your account if you enable this feature. It’ll essentially let you dedicate your account to photos and is supposed to be a great alternative to the Photo Stream since you won’t have to worry about eating up your free 5 GB of iCloud space Apple gives you when you sign up for an Apple ID. Cost: free.

Better Browsing Safari-like App

The new and improved Safari features iCloud Tabs keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off on whatever device is handy.

The alternatives…

Google Chrome

Chrome for iOS devices allows users speedy and simple Chrome experience across your devices. Once logged into Chrome, you can easily move from your desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet and have all of your stuff with you. You’ll then be able to send pages from Chrome on your computer to your iOS device with one click and then read them on the go when you’re offline. Cost: free.

Redesigned Mail-like App

Mail gets updated with a more streamlined interface for better reading and writing, lets you set up a VIP list and makes it easier to add photos and videos to email messages.

The alternatives…


Designed to provide users with an efficient and pleasant mailing experience, the app features a pane navigation and a new threading system for $2.99. You can use  your Gmail, Hotmail, Google Apps, iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Mobile Me and custom IMAP/POP accounts and have them sent into one unique mailbox or separate ones. It also allows you to directly attach photos and images when composing mail and allows you to place pictures of friends into their contact info. You can also set up a priority inbox and even have various aliases for your email addresses. Cost: $2.99.

Kristie Bertucci

Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.