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iOS 6 to Ship 19 September 2012

During Apple’s press event to announce the iPhone 5, the company showcased a few iOS 6 apps and confirmed plans to make the new iOS 6 mobile operating system available on 19 September 2012.

iOS 6 will run on the just-announced iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch (coming in October 2012), as well as on the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S, the fourth-generation iPod touch, and the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad.

If you saw Apple’s June announcement of iOS 6 (see “Apple Previews iOS 6 for Fall Release,” 11 June 2012), nothing about Apple’s iOS 6 demo last week was especially surprising. Much of the demo was devoted to showing the attractive new Maps app, which is entirely redesigned and no longer uses Google’s mapping service. It features audible turn-by-turn navigation, enhanced zooming and panning with vector-based images, and Siri integration for locating nearby services. (Your experience will vary depending on which device you have: turn-by-turn navigation won’t work on the iPhone 3GS and 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch, and Siri isn’t available on the iPhone 3GS and 4, iPad 2, and fourth-generation iPod touch.)

Apple also noted that in iOS 6, Notification Center can post to Twitter and Facebook; the Safari Web browser has a new fullscreen landscape mode; with iCloud Tabs, iCloud can now list your open Safari tabs among devices running iOS 6 or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; and the VIP feature introduced in Mountain Lion’s version of Apple Mail will make its way into the iOS 6 Mail app, and those VIP lists can sync between devices. Siri remains in beta but has become more capable: the service can now launch apps via voice, get sports information, list movie times at nearby theaters, and post updates to Facebook. In addition, the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore apps have been redesigned to make them easier to navigate.

Passbook, the only entirely new Apple app in iOS 6, will help you organize and use digital coupons, gift cards, tickets, and airplane boarding passes. The app uses 2D barcodes to encapsulate information that can be scanned in order to, for example, redeem a coupon, show purchased movie tickets, or board a plane.


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Comments about iOS 6 to Ship 19 September 2012
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Atleast Apple Would Have Made All The Features Of iOS6 available for ipod touch 4th generation. :-(
Christopher Squire [UK]  2012-09-20 10:47
[Sep 20] MapApp doesn't work properly; a friend writes: 'Incidentally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I thought Apple shares were overpriced. One of the reasons is Apple’s increasing reliance on their inward-looking closed loop, such as this:

Read the comments. This is a very big story.

I won’t be upgrading to IOS6 until Google release a map app. I wonder if the i-store will agree to carry it? All IOS apps are effectively censored by Apple.' [597 comments when I looked]

I look forward to some well-informed comment on this debacle from Tidbits.
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2012-09-22 09:25
Is it just me or does anyone else not see is bothered by the absence of a manual check mail button. Is there a new way to accomplish this that I, obviously, don't know about?

4th Gen. iPod Touch
Lawrence J. Collen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Benefactor 2012-09-24 15:12
oops I just discovered the answer to this, so...
Glenn Fleishman  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-09-24 15:13
It's subtle, isn't it? I thought it was removed, too, even though I'd seen pull-and-release before, and I had to dig around to remember it. Not as intuitive, but prettier, I guess.
Even with iOS6, and the new iPhone 5, Siri still won’t "do email." We need true email inbox management that’s eyes-free and hands-free. There’s a smartphone app called Talkler —billed as “email for your ears.” It's a free smartphone app that's voice-controlled, and reads your emails aloud to you.