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Apple has launched iOS 6 at WWDC in San Francisco today. Scott Forstall made the presentation, as live-blogged by AppleInsider. Following on from the usual facts and figures, such as the fact that Apple has to date sold 365 million iOS devices, Forstall then went on to use pie charts to show how fragmented Android is compared to iOS. Forstall then went on to talk about iOS 6, starting with Siri in iOS 6, which has now learned about sports, so you can ask it for scores, and also about stuff such as whether Lebron is taller than Kobe! Restaurant queries will also now have much more information, including average price, and you will also be able to check movie times and see trailers in Siri. iOS 6 will also see Siri being able to launch apps. Next up we have “Eyes Free”, which is designed specifically to enable you to integrate your iOS device with your car steering wheel, in car models including BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Honda.

Forstall then goes on to announce the great news that Siri is coming to the iPad, but only the newest iPad, it would seem.

Next on the agenda is Facebook integration with iOS, which again has been heavily rumoured recently. Forstall says that Apple has worked closely with Facebook to enable integration, including the ability to “like” your favourite apps.

iOS 6 also brings with it enhancements to the Phone app, with new control for incoming calls, where you can choose to “Reply With Message” or “Remind Me Later”. The message includes responses such as “I’ll call you later.” Also added, a “Do Not Disturb” mode to stop push notifications and stop the screen from coming on.

FaceTime over Cellular is the next announcement, which gets a big cheer from the audience, by all accounts!

You can also now answer a call on your iPad or Mac with unified Apple ID and phone number.

Safari for iOS is next, with a new iCloud tabs feature, offline reading lists, the ability to upload photos directly from Safari, and new Smart App Banners, which will tell you the available iOS apps when you visit a developer’s website. Safari in iOS 6 will also now have full-screen landscape support, and access restrictions for shared photo streams.

iOS 6 also has some enhancements for Mail, including a VIP marker, so that you can flag incoming mail from chosen people and even have notifications when their email arrives.

There will also be support for opening password protected documents in Mail.
Passbook is a new app for iOS 6, which deals with tickets and boarding passes, movie tickets, and so on. Simply show your movie pass on your phone when you visit the theatre. It will also support Starbucks cards and show your balance. This looks very cool! Passbook will be location aware, so your Starbucks card will appear on the lock screen when you are near a Starbucks, for example. Alerts will also be provided for changes in airline and rail schedule.

Next up we have Guided Access, which focuses on improving the iOS experience for children with autism, by disabling certain controls in an app.

Maps is next, and just as expected, it’s a new home-grown Apple mapping solution, with all cartography done in-house by Apple. It will have local search with support for 100 million business listings worldwide, and a built-in traffic service, and turn-by-turn support, as well as full integration with Siri. You will be able to ask Maps where can you get gas, for example. Yelp integration is another feature of the Maps app. The 3D mode will activate if you zoom in close enough, so will be very intuitive.

And that's about it! Overall, there will be 200 new features.

The first public Beta will be launched today for developers.

Source: Live from Apple's WWDC 2012 Opening Keynote Address
 

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I think i might actually pay to play later tonight when i get off work =]
 

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Wish I was a developer :(


Tapatalk'd from my iPhone 4s
 

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Pay the 99 bucks and you could be a "developer" xD
 

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I wonder how much they make on people wanting new update that thy pay 99$ for a early
Updat lol
 

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I am bummed that it is for developers only today. Guess I have to pay to play.

Really?

Would you rather have iOS 6 without ANY support for any of it's new features from your favorite apps for the next 5 months?

Apple could clearly beta test in house and with a few key developer accounts, but what they do with these developer betas is get a mostly stable release to us, several months ahead of the release date, so we can integrate the new features into our apps and get them to you when the new OS ships.

These releases are not stable however. They should not be used on a production device. They are buggy, they crash at random times, they may cause all your contacts, music or app data to be lost...

Give the 50,000 iOS developers a chance to bang on it, work out the bugs, and get you a stabile, integrated OS for your device. We are prepared to test on non production devices and won't care if all of our photos are deleted....
 

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I liked that there is a new iOS coming out. But honestly so far not to impressed except for the 3d maps but my opinion could change lol

I have to agree with you there, for the most part of the announcements I was falling asleep :/ the 3D turn by turn is the main thing that I liked out of it and I already have that in my car so it wont even be much use to me, but some of the other features such as "Do not disturb" for me will come in handy but I have always just put my phone on silent during the night and vibration off so I dont see how better this will be..

I was impressed with the siri start of the WWDC though and even though ios 6 is only out for devs I would not want to install it any way as it will likely have many bugs (and what else would you expect from a major ios beta 1?) The ipad 1 wont receive it and if I am not mistaken neither will the 3GS and now the 4 is on its last major ios update so my GUESS is that the betas and GM will be spread out until a new iphone release in sept/oct.

I was more impressed by the new laptops and by mountain lion for only 20 bucks that we will get in July, BUT ios 6 will have over 200 features and I am sure apple did not even mention half of that.. so there will be some nice surprises along the way. and for siri user on the 4S and the new ipad (soon) will have more siri functions like opening apps with siri I loved that, even though I dont have the 4S lol and of course not to mention the notification centre twitter replies... There are a lot of little things that will be very convenient..

you can watch the whole keynote from apple: iClarified - Apple News - Watch the Entire WWDC 2012 Keynote Now! [Video]
 

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I,ve been out,has it been announced yet?
 

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I,ve been out,has it been announced yet?

no new iphone - no big surprise really, not sure who was expecting one, hoping for one yes.

ios 6 was announced, mountain lion (20 bucks in July) a few new laptops with impressive specs, the new ipad is getting siri and also maps is getting 3D turn by turn.. are the main noteworthy bits of info but you can watch the full thing here if you want, iClarified - Apple News - Watch the Entire WWDC 2012 Keynote Now! [Video]
 

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no new iphone - no big surprise really, not sure who was expecting one, hoping for one yes.

ios 6 was announced, mountain lion (20 bucks in July) a few new laptops with impressive specs, the new ipad is getting siri and also maps is getting 3D turn by turn.. are the main noteworthy bits of info but you can watch the full thing here if you want, iClarified - Apple News - Watch the Entire WWDC 2012 Keynote Now! [Video]
thank you,i,ll check it all out later......disappointing that theres no iPhone announcement :(
 

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thank you,i,ll check it all out later......disappointing that theres no iPhone announcement :(

yes but I did not expect one and I dont think many did because it has not even been a year since the iphone 4S announcement, but what I think is that apple is going to spread out all the ios 6 betas and GM (Gold Master) version until sept/october time and announce/release a new iphone for when ios 6 goes public.. thats my theory and usually major ios betas get anywhere from 5-9 betas maybe more so they could easily stretch it out until then.
 

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yes but I did not expect one and I dont think many did because it has not even been a year since the iphone 4S announcement, but what I think is that apple is going to spread out all the ios 6 betas and GM (Gold Master) version until sept/october time and announce/release a new iphone for when ios 6 goes public.. thats my theory and usually major ios betas get anywhere from 5-9 betas maybe more so they could easily stretch it out until then.
im sure you're right,something to look forward to later in year though.
 
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