|Apple previews iOS 6|
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 09:50
Apple yesterday previewed iOS 6 during its keynote at its 23rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) currently taking place in San Francisco.
Its latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, has more than 200 new features and will be available for download on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in about two months time.
Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iOS software says, "iOS 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."
The company says that its all new Maps app with vector-based map elements makes graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid. It supports turn-by-turn navigation; real-time traffic information with alternate time-saving routes; and a new Flyover feature which has photo-realistic interactive 3D views.
New Siri features include access to sport scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; as well as support for use in 15 more countries. Siri also works with third party apps and will be able to update your Facebook status, post to Twitter, or launch an app. Additionally, Siri supports a new Eyes Free mode, taking hands-free functionality to a new level, which enables you to interact with your phone using your voice.
iOS 6 features full Facebook integration, allowing you to sign-in once and post from Notification Centre, Siri and Facebook enabled apps like Photos, Safari and Maps. Your Facebook friends’ information is synced across all your iOS devices and automatically updates details in Contacts and Calendar.
To date iCloud has more than 125 million users and iOS 6 brings new ways to share photos with friends and family via Shared Photo Streams. It’s as simple as selecting the photos you want to share, pick the friends you want to receive the album, and the Shared Photo Stream album is instantly available to them on either an iOS device, Mac, web or Apple TV.
The new Passbook app lets you access all your passes in one place, like boarding passes, tickets to sport games or loyalty cards. It is unlikely that South Africans will be able to make use of this app.
Other new iOS 6 features include enhancements to Safari; support for FaceTime over cellular networks; VIP Mailboxes; decline incoming calls with a quick message or enable Do Not Disturb; and Guided Access, which allows a parent, teacher or administrator to disable hardware buttons to lock an iOS device.
The beta version of iOS 6 is currently available to iOS developers and it will be available as a free download in a few months time. Device compatibility includes iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S; the new iPad and iPad 2; and fourth generation iPod touch. Some features may not work on all devices.
More information can be found on the Apple website.
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