Apple has launched the iPhone 5. About time. With it comes a slightly larger, 4-inch display and iOS 6. At the launch Apple’s senior VP of iOS, Scott Forstall, took the stage to showcase some exciting new things coming to iOS 6.
Though there was a pretty info-heavy sneak peek at iOS 6 back in June at WWDC, Forstall’s demo gave more details of what fanboys and girls can expect with the latest version of the OS.
There is the new Maps app: Apple is continuing to cut ties with Google Maps on the new iPhone. What’s quite cool about the Maps app is that it uses point-of-interest data points from Yelp and considers information from the crowd-sourced Waze for real-time traffic updates. The company has also incorporated Tom Tom’s turn-by-turn navigation features.
Siri got some improvements with iOS 6: she’s getting smarter and more social with Facebook integration (this integration is across many apps throughout the OS) and can give users the latest sports standing for their favourite teams. There is also photo stream sharing which works like a private Instagram that allows you to share pictures with a select group of people. Users also now have the pleasure of full screen viewing in Safari, and they can now make a FaceTime call from the cellular data network — and we will have to see this one before we believe it.
Not much new has been revealed, but we can tell you that iOS 6 is scheduled for launch on on 19 September this year.
Check out Gearburn’s complete coverage of all today’s announcements.