Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system is now available for several models of the iPhone and iPad, and it’s chock full of new features, The VentureBeat reports.
The most noticeable thing expected for most users will be the replacement of Google Maps with Apple’s new native Maps application. Apple’s Maps app will offer 3D imagery, turn-by-turn navigation from TomTom, and integrate with Siri’s voice assistant. The app is also deeply integrated with Yelp and uses Yelp data instead of Google data to identify many places on the map. The biggest problem is the app’s lack of public transportation directions, something that comes in handy in many cities around the world, the VB says.
Passbook is a new built-in app that “holds” all kinds of things users would carry in their wallet — gift cards, coupons, loyalty cards, and tickets. Ideally, many companies will hook up with Apple to make sure their card and tickets work the app.
To date, Apple allowed its iOS 5 users to share content through Twitter, e-mail, and SMS messages. Now Facebook will be added to that list and make it much easier to post content on the massive social network. Users can also integrate your contacts and calendar with Facebook, as well as “like” songs and apps on iTunes.
iOS 6 includes a better version of Siri that works on the iPad, integrates with your car and new apps, and speaks in more languages. It also can look up sports scores and movie showtimes. Siri can also post what you say to Twitter and Facebook.