Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system is launching on iPhones and iPads on Sept. 19. There is plenty to get excited about in terms of new applications, features and fixes in iOS 6. In many ways the release of iOS 6 is even more significant than shipment of the iPhone 5.
, the latest version of the mobile operating system will be available
for download to Phones, iPads, and the iPod Touch as of Sept. 19. It will come
with more than 200 improvements in terms of new and improved applications as
well as bug fixes.
In its typically confident fashion, Apple is trumpeting that the operating system is the
best version it has launched yet. It also wants customers to believe that it's
a better option than Android's latest launch, Jelly Bean.
Grand comments aside, iOS 6 actually looks to be a winner. The operating system might
not come with all of the bells and whistles found in Jelly Bean, like
near-field-communication support, but it does have a host of nice features that
consumers will love. Better yet, the enterprise will find a lot to like in the
software. It might not be perfect, but for many customers, iOS 6 is a vast
Read on to learn more about iOS 6 and found out why it's worth downloading when it's made
availableâfor freeâon Sept. 19.
1. The all-new Maps
The new Maps in iOS 6 is Apple's answer to the Google Maps applications that was previously
built into the operating system. With the new Maps, iOS 6 users will be able to
get turn-by-turn directions, 3D maps and see real-time traffic updates. Better
yet, those who want Google Maps won't have to look too hard to find it. It will
be making its way to the App Store, giving users all of the choices they
2. Siri improvements
Apple's Siri has gotten a much-needed facelift in iOS 6. According to the company, the app
will do a better job of accurately answering questions and will work on the
iPad. Siri will also now deliver sports information and let users both find
restaurants and make reservations. Siri is finally growing up.
3. Facebook integration
In iOS 5, Apple delivered Twitter integration across the built-in applications. In iOS 6,
the company is now offering Facebook integration. It's not a major update for
enterprise users, but for consumers that love going social, it's a must-have.
4. Passbook could be neat
Apple's Passbook is perhaps the least-understood addition to iOS 6. But it could also
be the most promising addition to the operating system. With Passbook, users
will be able to keep boarding passes, coupons, movie tickets, and other
location-specific items in a single spot. And when folks get close to a
particular venue, Passbook will alert them to an event. Look for Passbook to be
the centerpiece of Apple's location-specific efforts in the coming years.