iOS 6

iOS 6 is the latest version of iOS mobile operating system. It was preceded by iOS 5 (last version was 5.1.1).
iOS 6 was previewed on June 11, 2012 during WWDC (Apple worldwide Devlopers Conference) 2012, with release announced for Fall 2012. Following the pattern of previous iOS releases, older devices are no longer supported, specifically the iPod Touch (3rd generation) and the iPad (original). Supported devices on this release include the iPhone 3GS onwards, the iPod Touch (4th generation) onwards, and the iPad 2 onwards.

On September 12, 2012 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, amongst other items unveiled, Apple announced three iOS related items; the release of the next generation of iPhone, called iPhone 5, the newly redesigned iPod Touch (5th generation), and the expected final release of iOS 6.0. The September 19 release date of iOS 6 was announced at this event.

While the iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 pre-installed starting September 21, older units will require an over-the-air update or an install through iTunes. An update to iTunes version 10.7, which was released on September 12, is necessary to install the iOS 6 update on a device.
The release of iOS 6, coming out three weeks earlier than iOS 5, is Apple’s fastest beta-to-product development for its mobile OS.


One of the biggest features that iOS 6 removed is the Youtube App & the Google Maps.
The built-in Maps app uses Apple’s new vector-based engine that eliminates the lag present while downloading bitmaps from Google's servers, making for smoother zooming. New to Maps is turn-by-turn navigation spoken directions in certain countries, 3D views in some major cities and real-time traffic. Turn-by-turn navigation is only available for iPhone 4S or later and iPad 2 or later with cellular capability, while 3D views are only available for iPhone 4S or later, iPod touch 5th generation, and iPad 2 or later.

iOS 6 brings the retrieval of documents such as boarding passes, admission ticketscoupons and loyalty cards through its newPassbook app. An iOS device with Passbook can be scanned under a reader to process a mobile payment at participating locations. The app has context-aware features such as notifications for relevant coupons when in the immediate vicinity of a given store.

Apple’s Siri intelligent personal assistant was improved to include the ability to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, dictate Facebook or Twitter updates, retrieve movie reviews and detailed sports statistics. Siri, which previously was only supported oniPhone 4S, is also now supported on iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation, and iPad 3rd generation.

Facebook comes integrated through Apple’s native apps with iOS 6. Facebook features can be directly accessed from within native apps such as Calendar which can sync Facebook events, or use Facebook’s like button from within the Apple App Store.

New privacy settings are available to the user. In addition to location services, the following have been added in iOS 6: photos (already partially restricted in iOS 5), contacts (address book), calendars, reminders, bluetooth sharing, TwitterFacebook, and Sina Weibo. iOS 6 also comes with a “Limit ad tracking” user control in the general settings menu to allow users the option to prevent targeted advertising. Apple’s Advertising Identifier replaces the company’s existing UDID (Unique Device Identifier) standard. Advertising networks not yet using Apple’s Advertising Identifier device identifier standard would not be affected although Apple will require the standard in the future.

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