Earlier this summer Apple unveiled iOS 6 at Worldwide Developers Conference 2012. The major iOS platform update has been in beta up till now. Today at the iPhone 5 release event Apple revealed that the iOS 6 final release for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, New iPod and iPod touch 4G will take place on September 19. Before that happens though, registered developers will be treated to a GM build.
Today at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California Apple finally unveiled their sixth generation iPhone. It is now officially called the iPhone 5. The new iPhone comes with a lot of new features. The major changes in terms of design include the large 4 inch display and the fact that this iPhone is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than iPhone 4S.
Apple made a lot of changes in iOS 6. First and foremost Apple replaced Google Maps with its own Maps app, which supports maps in 3D. Apple has also removed the native YouTube app from iOS 6, which has now been replaced by the official YouTube for iOS app developed by Google. One of the major features of iOS 6 is Facebook integration. Last year with iOS 5 Apple introduced Twitter integration, this time around Facebook has been baked in to the mobile platform just as thoroughly.
There’s also the new Passbook app which servers as a place to store all of your tickets and coupons. Siri has been tweaked a lot in iOS 6 and it is now more intelligent and responsive than ever before. Safari iCloud tabs is another neat feature which allows you to continue your browsing session on any iOS or Mac device as long as its synced with the same Apple ID.
Substantial improvements have been made to the Phone app. A call back prompt can be set up and instead of rejecting a call, the user has an option to reply back with a text message. A Do Not Disturb mode has also been added. VIP Mail is an impressive addition to the Mail app, emails marked VIP go straight in to a separate mailbox. There’s photo stream sharing as well as updates for various native applications.