Apple is due to release the next major update to its mobile operating system software – iOS 6 – later today.
As well as the new iPhone 5, it should comfortably work on the iPhone 4S, 4 and 3GS, the new iPad and iPad2 as well as the 4th and 5th generation iPod touch.
New features include:
Facebook sharing integrated into the operating system (as Twitter was in the latest version of iOS 5).
Maps updated. Now created by Apple, rather than Google, and include ‘turn-by-turn’ directions and ‘flyover’ 3D views.
Siri updated to perform more requests, including updating Facebook (But it still has a way to go to fulfil its potential as an ‘intelligent’ digital assistant)
Passbook – To keep your digital boarding passes, cinema tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, etc. An early indication of Apple’s intent in the battle for the mobile wallet and the one to watch.
Facetime – now works over cellular, not just wi-fi, to take advantage of the 4G iPhone 5. Will it kill Skype on the iPhone/iPad/iPod…?
New phone features (yep, the iPhone is a phone) including targeted “Do Not Disturb” and refuse a call with a text.
Updated Mail with a cleaner design and a VIP list.
Updated Safari, allowing offline viewing of saved pages and pick-up your use of Safari where you left off on other Apple devices.
Further details here: