During Apple’s WWDC ’12 keynote on Monday morning, the company finally revealed details about the upcoming iOS 6 update.
The update, which will be available this fall for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, includes a whole host of features which includes an upgrade to Siri.
Siri will add support for Italian, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese, while getting a knowledge update to include sports scores, and the ability to make restaurant reservations. Siri will also be able to check for movie listings and even open apps – which was a highly requested ability. Siri will also get the new Eyes Free mode, enabling users to interact with your iPhone using nothing more than their voice.
iOS 6 will finally feature Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center.
“iOS 6 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,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iOS Software. “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.”
One of the bigger announcements was that Apple is ditching Google Maps in favor of their own Map app, which includes vector-based elements and the ability to switch between 3D and 3D views, including the capability to zoom, pan and tilt. Yelp will be integrated into Maps, to offer ratings, reviews and deals.
iOS 6 includes an all new Maps app with vector-based map elements that make graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid. New turn-by-turn navigation guides you to your destination with spoken directions, and the amazing Flyover feature has photo-realistic interactive 3D views. Real-time traffic information keeps you updated on how long it will take to get to your destination and offers alternate time-saving routes if traffic conditions change significantly. Additionally, local search includes information for over 100 million businesses with info cards that offer Yelp ratings, reviews, available deals and photos.
Using iCloud in iOS 6, users will now be able to share Photo Streams, with the ability to also “Like” any photo in the album.
There will be a new Passbook app that will let users get boarding passes, sports tickets and more all in one place, even scan coupons or check into hotels.
Other iOS 6 features include the long awaited ability to use Facetime over 3G and 4G – previously the feature was only available via Wi-Fi.