Apple announced iOS 6 during its software-focussed WWDC 2012 keynote, but it wasn’t until yesterday that we knew when it would arrive, and the date is 19 September, two days before the iPhone 5 goes on sale.
If you own an iPhone 4S, an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 3GS you’ll get iOS 6 for free, as will owners of the iPad 2 and new iPad, plus the fourth-generation iPod Touch.
You can find out all about the new features in our previous coverage of iOS 6, however, Apple did announce a few changes, and also a few restrictions during the iPhone 5 launch event.
For example, the camera software will gain a panoramic picture mode, complete with special software to make the final image as seamless as possible, while the App Store will see a complete redesign for use on a mobile device – as will iTunes on the desktop.
Don’t forget that Siri is coming to the iPad and the new iPod Touch, and she/he has plenty of new functions including access to movie reviews and showtimes, sports and the ability to tweet too.
There were always a few differences between the features available on one iOS device and another, and nothing has changed much between WWDC and now, however Apple has published a list of variations between countries. Here are those that affect us in the UK.
Apple’s new Maps service won’t include the 3D Buildings view here, but otherwise it has everything from directions to traffic and reviews. Siri will talk about sports and show film times, plus provide local search, but she (or he) won’t make restaurant reservations.
Look out for the over-the-air, or if you’d prefer it through iTunes, there too, iOS 6 update on 19 September.