Apple Unveils New iOS 6, Coming This Fall
Apple’ unveiled its upcoming iOS 6 operating system at the WWDC keynote this week, previewing its new features and capabilities.
As revealed at Apple.com, the iOS 6 will give users “more features to make the things you do every day even better.” It’s due out this fall, and will be free and available for upgrade wirelessly for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
New features include an all-new Maps, which has been completely re-designed using a vector-based engine, and includes new turn-by-turn spoken directions, real-time traffic information, an option called the Flyover where you can see photo-realistic, interactive 3D views, and more.
Siri has been upgraded as well. You can now ask it about sports scores and stats, where to eat, what movies to see … or even ask to make Facebook posts. It also understands more languages, and works in more countries.
Facebook has been deeply integrated throughout the operating system, allowing users to post and share almost every aspect of what they’s browsing — from photos in the Camera app, locations from Maps, and links from Safari, among other things.
You can share photo streams with selected people; and there’s also a new app called Passbook, which allows your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more to be stored all in one place. Using Passbook, you can scan your device to check in for a flight, or get into a movie … and it shows you when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are or the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.
FaceTime will now work over cellular networks, as well as Wi-Fi; new photo options, allowing ou decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder; a better Mail experience; and better web browsing with an updated Safari app.
There’s several other upgrades. Read about them over at Apple.com.
At press time, a release date for iOS 6 was unknown.