iOS 6 Public Release Is Set For September 19th
Apple has announced during their iPhone event that iOS 6 will be released on September 19th. Beta testing for the mobile operating system has been going on since the original announcement on June 11th.
Devices compatible with iOS 6: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2/3, and the fourth generation iPod touch.
iOS 6 doesn’t include any physical differences to the home screen, but does include over 200 features in total. Some huge features include Siri updates, Facebook integration, Passbook, and Maps. Here is a more in-depth description of the features from our iOS 6 overview post:
Better Siri – Finally, full Siri support for Canada, English and French! Siri will also be coming to the New iPad! Some other improvements to Siri in iOS 6: Siri has more integrated search features for sports scores, restaurants, movies, and more. Apple has partnered with companies like Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes to bring accurate, up to date information. Siri has also learned how to launch apps. Simply tell Siri to “Launch Facebook” and she does it.
Facebook Integration – Just like they introduced Twitter integration in iOS 5, Facebook integration comes to iOS 6. Similar to Twitter, you can share from photos, maps, and Safari. You can use dictation to update your status. Full contact sync, like the Facebook app does. They also announced Facebook integration is coming to the App Store and to the Mac, as well.
New App: Passbook – This is Apple’s version of Keyring, but a whole lot more. You can store all your favourite store cards in this app. If you set locations for them, they will pop up on your lock screen when ever you arrive at that store. There is alsoboarding pass integration from United Airlines, with more airlines expected to jump onboard.
The iOS 6 GM update will likely be available for developers beginning today. If we receive any more information, we will alert you.