Apple has unveiled the next generation of its mobile operating system at the Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) 2012.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage of the Moscone Center in San Francisco to show off what the company has in store for the next twelve months.
iOS 6 will be released in the Autumn and will include more than 200 new features.
Among the major new features are:
Maps: an all-new Apple designed maps application, including free GPS turn-by-turn navigation and 3D mapping of cities.
Facebook integration: users can now share photos and videos straight into Facebook, as well as updates from all other apps and services.
Siri: the new version of Siri will enable local searching in the UK, as well as sports updates, new languages, integration with movie theatres and an "eyes free" mode for while you're driving.
Phone updates: with iOS 6 you can decide to take a call, call back later, or have your phone remind you about the call when you leave a certain location. A new 'do not disturb' mode will also turn off all or selected calls and alerts while you sleep or work.
Guided Access: a new accessibility feature allowing users to turn off certain parts of the screen and the home button promises to make the iPad more useful to children with autism and education users.
iOS 6 will be a free update for iPhone users (3GS and above) and iPad users with an iPad 2 or newer.
Apple also used the event to announce new features for its next Mac operating system, Mountain Lion, including a new notification software and dictation.
New laptops - including a radically thin Macbook Pro - were also announced at the developers conference.
iPhones older than the 3GS and the iPad 2 will not support iOS 6.
Other updates include better privacy controls, new features for Game Centre, a redesigned App Store, signatures for different mail accounts.
In all there are around 200 new features.
Apple has announced an all-new mapping solution.
The global maps will remove Google's mapping service from its devices.
The maps are integrated with Yelp for Local Search, have a traffic service, and have notifications for incidents. Anonymous notifications help create a crowd-sourced map of traffic.
Turn-by-turn navigation will also be integrated. The GPS turn-by-turn solution looks very nice. It will also work when your phone is locked, will update when it finds traffic, and will integrate with Siri.
Plus kids can ask "are we nearly there yet" - and Siri will respond.
The Maps app will also include 3D overhead models of major cities called 'Flyover'. The app looks very visually impressive, with live rendering of cities and landscapes.
A new feature for iOS called 'Guided Access" wil help children with autism to use iPads by isolating certain controls, locking an App so that the home button doesn't work. Nice.
|@ michaelrundle : Photo upload in Mobile Safari means HuffPost eds can finally work on an iPad. Amazing.|
|@ mikejjennings : Facetime over 3G? 1fps.|
With Safari, Apple's mobile browser (which is used for 2/3 of all mobile traffic) will have offline reading lists, and can upload images to your website from the browser (handy for HuffPost editors on the move).
Photo Stream, which is Apple's way to share photos between your devices over iCloud, can now be shared between different people.
Mail: a new way to upload images directly into emails is among the updates to mail.
A new app called "Passbook" is a way to collect boarding passes, store cards and mobile tickets into one place. "We've created templates to make this easy for devs."
When you receive a call in iOS 6, you can choose to reply with a message or be reminded in an hour - or when you leave your current location.
Another new mode - Do Not Disturb - means you won't be annoyed by texts and updates during the middle of the night. You can also choose to receive certain phone numbers. If someone is really trying to get hold of you and calls back within three minutes, the phone will take the call.
Facetime now works over cellular data. You can answer phone calls on your Mac or your iPad.
Apple has announced new, much closer integration with Facebook into its mobile OS.
The features include image sharing, video sharing, Siri integration and a public API so other Apps can work with the social network.
Facebook is also built into the App Store and music store - so you can recommend and see recommendations.
First some stats.
Scott Forstall, head of iOS, says that 365m iOS devices have been sold and that the majority are running the latest version - many more than those running the latest version of Android (only 7%).
Apple has sent 1.5tn push notifications since iOS was launched - that's 7bn a day.
It's also sending more than 1bn iMessages a day. There are alo 130m GameCenter accounts and 67/100 of the top games use it.
iOS 6 has more than 200 new features.
- App Launching: Siri can now launch apps. If you ask 'play "Temple Run" and it will launch it.
- Sports updates - you can ask Siri how various games have gone and how players are performing. Includes the English Premier League.
- Restaurants. Siri also knows more about restaurants and their ranking, menus and locations.
- Movies. Siri can tell you what movies are playing where.
- Eyes Free. Apple is working with car manufacturers to bring up Siri with a button press. Includes several big car makers - BMW, GM, Jaguar, Audi.
- Languages: new Siri versions for China, Spain, Italy, Canada and several other countries.
- Local search: now you can search local areas in the UK, previously not available.
- iPad: Siri now available on the iPad.
The new Retina Display laptops will start for UK customers at £1,799. The 2.6GHz 512Gb will cost £2,299. The updated MacBooks will cost £849 for the base level Air, £999 for the 13in Pro i5 and £1,499 for the 15in Pro.
|@ johnnyminkley : UK MacBook prices from Apple: 11in Air starting @ £849,13in 128GB £999, 256GB £1,249, 13in Pro i5 starting £999, i7 £1249,15in Pro £1,499.|
|@ vladsavov : Two most important words from Apple's WWDC keynote so far: 'shipping today.'|
Craig Federighi, head of OS X, announces that 26m of Apple's previous OS, Lion, have been sold.
He then goes on to detail some features of the new release of OS X - Mountain Lion.
The new OS will cost .99, and can be used on all of your personal Macs.1) iCloud, with Documents in the Cloud. 2) Notification Centre 3) Dictation - this is new. The Mac will type for you, and it works everywhere including Microsoft Word. 4) Sharing: sharing to Twitter, Messages, email, etc, across the OS.
5) Safari: Apple announced new features for its browser, including multitouch gestures for tab switching and sharing.
Apple also showed off its Mac Mirroring feature to show your computer on a TV or projector.
Apple has announced its next-generation MacBook Pro with a 'Retina' display.
The display is 2800x1800px - 4x as many as previous MacBook Pros. The world's highest-resolution notebook.
It's very, very thin - 0.71 inches thin, 25% thinner than the existing MacBook pro. "A true breakthrough in engineering".
It comes with a quad-core i5 or i7, with seven hours of battery life, up to 768gb of flash storage.
It has an HDMI output, for the first time on a Mac laptop. Two Thunderbolt ports.
Jony Ive, Apple's chief designer, explains in a video that the new laptop has a fan with 'asymetric blades', which makes it quieter. Apparently.
The new laptop starts at 99 at ships today.
Updates to every MacBook have been announced at WWDC.
MacBook Airs: Updates up to 2Ghx dual core, up to 8GB of Ram and up to 512gb of flash storage, and USB 3, which is "up to 10 times faster than USB 2". They also come with an upgraded 720p Facetime camera and in a lower price than before. (UK Price TBD)
MAcBook Pros: Processors updated to Ivy Bridge 2.7Ghz, with turbo up to 3.7Ghx, upgraded GT 650m graphics, with USB 3. Also shipping today, prices the same.
Tim Cook tells the WWDC crowd that the "size and momentum" of the App Store are phenomenal.
There are 400m accounts on the App Store with 1-click buy. Compared to 900m Facebook accounts that's not bad - considering they're all credit card accounts.
There are 650,000 apps on the App Store - 225,000 for iPad.
Customers have downloaded 30bn apps.
Developers have made bn from the App Store and it operates in 121 countries. Apple are adding another 32 countries. One of those will be Syria, apparently. And Iran.
Siri is making some jokes ahead of the Keynote.
"Who's working on Ice Cream Sandwich… Who's making up these code names, Ben and Jerry?"
"Have you seen the new Samsung? Not the phone, the refrigerator."
This is a nice user-made iOS6 concept video. How close to the real thing do you think it will prove to be?
Have some spare time before the keynote? Take a stroll down memory lane a la nerd with this full recap of WWDC 2011.
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