EDGE 2015 is starting in

Find out more EDGE 2015
Menu
iOS 6 arrives on September 19

iOS 6 arrives on September 19

The update will be free

Apple announced at Wednesday's press event that the newest version of the company's mobile operating system, iOS 6, will be available for users to download on September 19. The update will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S, along with the second- and third-generation iPads. If you have iOS 5 installed, you'll be able to download iOS 6 over the air on the 19th via the Software Update screen in the Settings app; if you're running a previous version of iOS, you'll have to use iTunes.

The newly announced iPhone 5, available September 21, will ship with iOS 6 pre-installed.

Senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller announced the date on-stage at Wednesday's press event after senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall took the stage to provide a brief demonstration of some of the new features coming to Apple's mobile operating system. some of which had already been previewed in June at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Maps

Apple's new operating system comes with a brand new Maps system, featuring vector-based maps, satellite imagery, free turn-by-turn directions, points of interest displayed inline on the map, and new 3D Flyover locations including San Francisco, London, Boston, and Sydney.

Notification Center

With iOS 6, you'll be able to send a tweet or Facebook status directly from Notification Center. Facebook has also been built into iOS system-wide, so you can use Siri to send a status message, share images and websites through Facebook, and more.

Safari

Safari sports a fullscreen landscape mode in iOS 6 in addition to iCloud Tabs, which lets you sync your open webpages across any other iOS devices (running iOS 6) and Macs (running OS X Mountain Lion) that are connected to your iCloud account.

Mail

You can designate Very Important Persons both within Mail on iOS 6 and on a Mac running Mountain Lion; messages from those VIPs will show up in a special folder in Mail on iOS 6. In addition, you can create special notifications for those VIPs in Notification Center.

Flagged messages also now appear in a new Flagged mailbox.

Passbook

Apple's sole new app in iOS 6, Passbook lets you store and collect all your passes and tickets digitally, whether they be movie tickets, boarding passes, coupons, concert passes, or store cards.

You can shred tickets when you're done with them; certain store cards and passes will automatically appear on your lock screen when you're nearby the location indicated on the pass.

Shared Photo Streams

A new addition to the Photos app, Shared Photo Streams lets you collect images to share with family and friends via iCloud or via the web. You can comment on images shared to you, and like them as well.

Siri

If it's sports or movie queries you have, Siri's your man--hypothetically speaking. Apple's virtual voice-driven assistant can also launch apps, make reservations for dinner, and post to your social networks.

... And even more

Though not demonstrated on-stage, Forstall also briefly mentioned iOS 6's updates to the Phone app, FaceTime over cellular data, and the accessibility feature Guided Access, which limits users to a single app and can disable buttons.

Stores for iOS

After Forstall's demonstration, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue came to the stage to demonstrate Apple's new take on its mobile stores for iOS 6.

Apple's three mobile stores--the iTunes store, App Store, and iBookstore--now have a unified matte black design and sport improved performance. At launch, a big carousel of featured apps, music, videos, or books greets the user; in addition, the individual product pages have been revamped, adding Facebook Like and Twitter sharing buttons and background music samples while browsing the iTunes store.

Want to know more about iOS 6? Macworld has collected most of the information you need to know in our iOS 6 FAQ.

[Updated at 11:15 a.m. PT to add information about Stores for iOS and update availability.]

EDGE 2015:: For all the latest on EDGE 2015 including the keynote speakers visit the EDGE mini-site now

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Upcoming

Slideshows

In Pictures: Robots that cook, clean, sing and dance
Tech Hive

In Pictures: Robots that cook, clean, sing and dance

Cooking, learning language and doing the laundry are a few of the human skills demonstrated by.real humanoid bots featured in the National Geographic movie Robots.

In Pictures: Robots that cook, clean, sing and dance
IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)
Business Products

IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)

OKI recently hosted its ChannelOne dealer forum for its executive series channel partners to get together and learn about the company's new high-performance ES8400 A3 multifunction series printers. After a welcome and business overview from OKI Data Australia managing director, Dennie Kawahara, delegates were given a comprehensive overview of the new product, as well as an update on the latest marketing initiatives and software solutions, before being treated to live demos and a product showcase. Partners were also given a preview of OKI’s upcoming A3 digital LED white toner printer. With more than 60 delegates attending from all over the country, the day concluded with dinner at Casa Ristorante Italiano in Sydney and several delegates also participated in a friendly game of golf the following morning.

IN PICTURES: OKI Data Australia partner event (+10 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments