Apple’s iOS 6, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, is to launch today, two days before the iPhone 5 hits the shelves and promptly disappears again in an inevitable sell out.
With more than 200 ‘new‘ features, iOS 6 revamps a lot of familiar apps and introduces some interesting new functions, including a new Maps app, a beefed-up UK-friendly Siri and FaceTime availability over mobile networks.
One of the most intriguing aspects of iOS 6 is its extensive integration of Facebook. Rather than hopping between apps or webpages to update your Facebook feed, iOS 6 will allow users to ‘Like‘, share and comment directly from other apps and giving Facebook a greater hold on our everyday lifes (one day we might escape its evil clutches).
Siri may finally live up to its potential in the UK, as iOS 6 will include some significant service updates for the pocket-dwelling organiser. Sport, restaurant reviews and film information can now be sought out by UK users of Siri, though booking a restaurant via Siri still isn’t possible.
FaceTime video calls will now be available over 3G as well as WiFi, with Orange, T-Mobile and O2 all confirming that their customers will be able to use FaceTime over 3G out of their regular data bundles.
Apple have also overhauled the Safari browser for iOS 6, letting users sync with other devices over iCloud — thus matching the synchronised browsing-experience of Google’s Chrome app. Safari will also be able to save webpages in its Reading List rather than just links, allowing you to read web pages offline.
Given that previous versions of iOS all went live at 6pm GMT on their respective launch days, it’s highly likely that iOS 6 will arrive at 6pm today.
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