APPLE TODAY UNVEILED its next generation mobile operating system IOS 6 at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.
The latest version of IOS, which will be released later this year alongside the launch of the next Iphone, brings over 200 new features.
Chief amongst these is Apple's new in-house mapping service, which the company has built from the ground up in a ploy to ditch the Google Maps app on present IOS devices. Boasting similar features to Google's recently-revamped service, Apple's mapping app comes with 3D graphics and live traffic information, with Siri integrated for giving turn-by-turn directions.
Facebook integration is yet another check on our IOS 6 wish list. Set to launch on both IOS 6 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple has partnered with Zuckerberg's firm to bring single sign-on to all of its devices, enabling users to share snapshots from Photos, websites from Safari and locations from Maps. With third-party apps also supported, users will be able to clutter their friends' feeds with pretty much anything, in fact.
Facebook will also come tightly-knit into the Apple App Store, allowing users to see what apps their friends have liked. Contact syncing is also included, meaning there's even more of a reason to share your personal details with Facebook's social network and all its advertisers.
Apple has also announced a revamped 'Phone' app, a much sought-after feature amongst Iphone users. Now, an incoming call can be ignored with new "reply with message" and "remind me when I leave" features", which are accessed by simply sliding up from the call screen. A new feature called 'Do Not Disturb' is also included, which, when switched on, means any push notifications will be muted and the screen won't light up - perfect for those afternoon power naps.
Siri has been given an IQ boost with IOS 6 too. The digital voice assistant will now come with location-based information here in the UK, enabling users' to get directions and to ask for local recommendations. Siri has also learnt how to open apps and how to write out tweets - which means it's even better news that the app will soon be arriving on the new Ipad too.
Other noteworthy IOS 6 features include; the ability to make Facetime calls over 3G, shared Photo Streams, an improved Mail app with VIP mailbox and multiple signature support and a revamped Safari web browser, which now supports Icloud Tabs and Offline Reading Lists.
Scott Forstall, Apple's SVP of iOS Software said, "IOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the Ipad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device."
"We can't wait for hundreds of millions of IOS users to experience the incredible new features in IOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app." µ
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