New Maps app, better browser, Facebook integration, and you don’t need an iPhone 5 to use it.
In California yesterday, Apple made a host of announcements, the biggest of them being the iPhone 5. But more importantly, at least for those that are holding onto their old-gen iPhones and iPods, iOS 6 will be releasing next week, on September 19.
The new iOS version brings a slew of new features, some much needed and already present on other mobile platforms. Apple will be introducing its own Maps app, which will provide turn-by-turn navigation and “beautifully detailed” maps. Siri is improved as well, and can now suggest restaurants, movies, and even tell you the score.
Catering to its median audience, Apple will also integrate Facebook into iOS 6, making it easier for you to share photos and location.
Safari gets an update as well, which can now go full screen and sync tabs from the iCloud. However, the best new feature is how it will handle calls – you can now select to decline a call by replying with a text message, or set a callback reminder later on.
iOS 6 will be available on 3GS, iPhone 4/4S, and of course, the iPhone 5. The iPad 2 and the new iPad are also supported.