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iOS 6 Features, Compatibility, Release Date – All Things You Need to Know

Today, the much awaited first day of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference has finally concluded. And perhaps the most notable happening during the conference is definitely the unveiling of Apple's next major mobile operating system, iOS 6. So are you eager to find out the new features that are included in the "world's most advanced mobile operating system"? Well, here's everything you need to know about the iOS 6 announcement.

iOS 6 Logo

iOS 6 Features

iOS 6 Features

New 3D Maps

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Probably one of the most strongly rumored features of iOS 6 is the new 3D Maps. And yes, this new reinvented Maps will completely replace Google's offering as the default map app. This new 3D Maps is packed with features and it is shaping up to be the most complete map application there is. Apple acquired the C3 Technologies some years ago which made the new iOS Maps possible.
iOS 6 3D Maps
It is now possible to view large areas using three main dimensions. The default view is not 3D mode (which is called Flyover) but the user can easily toggle it by simply tapping the "3D" button which is located in the bottom left corner. There is also the "locate me" feature which does exactly as its name implies. Turn-by-turn navigation finally makes an appearance on iOS 6 and it definitely looks great. iOS 6 Maps also has built-in Yelp integration so finding nearby businesses should not be an issue.
iOS 6 Turn by Turn
The new 3D Maps will also finally include Siri-integration which means that you can now talk to your device and ask for directions and other included functionalities. On top of it all, a new and useful incident reports will also be added to iOS 6. Overall the new Maps app looks great and we can't wait to try it out for ourselves.

Updates for Siri

iOS 6 Siri
Apple made sure that Siri gets a much needed update for iOS 6. Siri will now be able to provide sports updates for leagues such as the NBA, NFL and more. You can even ask Siri for specific player stats. And movie lovers will have a lot to love in Siri since it is integrated with Rotten Tomatoes now. Siri will also now capable of launching apps directly without having to rely from tweaks such as AssistantExtensions.

Siri also adds a whole bunch of language support including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, Swiss French, and Swiss German, English and Canadian French and more. Siri in iOS 6 is also integrated with Facebook and Twitter so you can now update your status or post a tweet using Siri. And perhaps the most notable announcement with regards to Siri is that it is now available for iPad but only for the 3rd-gen version.

Deep Facebook Integration

iOS 6 Facebook
This has been reported before and unsurprisingly, the world's most popular social networking website has finally made its way into iOS 6. Heavy Facebook users will now be able to update their status, post and tag pictures, like posts, post comments etc. in a much more streamlined manner. In addition to that, two new buttons will be added to the Notification Center which are for the two iOS embedded social network: Twitter and Facebook.

Stock iOS Apps Updated

Phone. The native Phone app will add new calling features to the iPhone with new functionalities such as “Do Not Disturb” and “Repeated Calls” toggles.
iOS 6 Phone App
Mail. The Mail app has been redesigned to become more easier to read and use. A new feature is called VIP inbox which lets you create a list of your can't-miss contacts and it will be easily synced with iCloud. Adding attachments to your mail is also much more streamlined.
iOS 6 Mail App
Safari. The new Safari will now feature iCloud tabs which lets you pick-up your last browsing session across different iOS devices. Offline reading lists also makes an appearance as well. With the new Safari, you can now upload photos directly from the browser.
iOS 6 Safari App
FaceTime. FaceTime will now work over cellular networks as well as WiFi.

Other Features:

iOS 6 Other Features
iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore will all be receiving a design overhaul. In an effort to stick it into Google, Apple is also replacing Google with Baidu as the default search engine for Chinese users. iOS 6 also comes with Guided Access which is a new Accessibility feature. Find My iPhone now has a "lost mode" which makes it even easier find your missing device.

Compatible Devices

iOS 6 Compatible Devices
iOS 6 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 4G, iPad 2, and the new iPad. Notice the omission of the first-gen iPad.

iOS 6 Release Date?

iOS 6 Release Date
As of now, iOS 6 is available to registered developers. In order to become a registered developer, you need to have an account in the iOS Dev Center for the low-price of $99 per annum. As for the general public release, expect iOS 6 to become available on this year's fall which should come alongside the next-generation iPhone.

This is just the tip of the iceberg and we are sure that more features will be uncovered as the month goes on. So what do you think of the iOS 6 announcement? Are you hyped up for the next iteration of iOS? Or do you feel that iOS 6 didn't offer much and is such a disappointment?

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