iOS 6 to Power iPhone 5, What to Expect
Article by George Norman
On 13 Sep 2012
The recently unveiled iPhone 5 will be powered by the all new iOS 6. Here’s a quick look at what the world’s most advanced mobile operating system will have to offer.

Later this month the all new iPhone 5 will go on sale – on the 21st of September in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, on the 28th of September in 22 more countries, mainly Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.


We’ve already covered what the new iPhone 5 has to offer in this article. We will now focus on the iOS 6, the mobile operating system that will power the device. According to Apple, iOS 6 will come with more than 200 new features. Chief among them are an all new Maps app, Passbook, an improved Siri personal assistant, Facebook integration, and Shared Photo Streams via iCloud. Let’s take a closer look at these new features, shall we?

Maps App with Apple-designed Cartography
Here’s what you can expect from the new Maps app: smoother graphics, more fluid panning/tilting/zooming, new turn-by-turn guides with spoken directions, real-time traffic info, and a new feature called Flyover that provides photo-realistic interactive 3D views.

Enhanced Siri with Eyes Free Mode and Better Language Support
As Apple explained, the new Eyes Free Mode “takes hands-free functionality even further.” Use it to interact with your iPhone using nothing but your voice.
Support for more languages has been added, meaning that Siri will understand English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Siri is optimized for use in 15 countries.

New Passbook App
Passbook provides an efficient means of keeping all your passes in a single location. It works with coupons, boarding passes, baseball tickets, and more.
“Passbook automatically displays your passes on your Lock Screen based on a specific time or location, so when you walk into your favorite coffee shop your loyalty card appears and you can scan it to buy a coffee or check your balance. Passbook can even alert you to last minute gate changes or flight delays at the airport,” explained Apple.

Deep Facebook Integration
Apple integrated the popular social network into the iOS 6 mobile operating system. Once you’re signed into your Facebook account, you can post from the Notification Center, you can use Siri to update your status, view Facebook events in your Calendar, like from the App Store, and more.

Shared Photo Streams via iCloud
iOS 6 users can easily share photos with friends and family by using Shared Photo Streams. Photos are shared via iCloud, which is used by more than 125 million people. To share photos you need only select the photos you want to share and select the friend or friends you want to share the images with. The Shared Photo Stream album will immediately become available on their iOS 6-powered devices, on their Macs via iPhoto and Aperture, and even on their Apple TV via the web. Photos in a shared album can be commented upon and liked.

Additional information on iOS 6 is available here.

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