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FAQ: Apple iOS 6

iOS 6 launch date, devices, price, features and apps

Apple has taken the wraps off iOS 6, its next generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Updated on 26/06/12.

The software was announced at Apple's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) yesterday in San Francisco. You've probably got lots of questions about iOS 6 which you want answered so we've put together this FAQ to do just that.

Apple iOS 6 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

See also: Apple iOS 6 previewed before autumn launch

When will iOS 6 launch?

The iOS 6 beta software and software development kit (SDK) are available now for members of the iOS Developer Program at developer.apple.com.

It will be generally available this autumn.

How much will iOS 6 cost?

The software update will be free.

What devices will get iOS 6?

Apple has confirmed the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation) will all get iOS 6.

Check out our iPhone Advisor.

What new features does iOS 6 bring?

Siri

Siri has new features including the ability to open apps, retrieve sport scores and dictate posts to Facebook and Twitter. It also has an 'eyes-free' meaning the iPhone can be controlled purely by voice. Apple has confirmed that this will work in the UK.

The voice recognition software support extra languages including Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Siri will make its way onto the new iPad (2012) – it was previously exclusive to the iPhone 4S.

Facebook

iOS 6 integrates Facebook to a deeper level than previous versions. Users can sign in and post from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps, including Photos, Safari and Maps.

Information is automatically kept up to date across all iOS devices – such as contact details and events in the calendar. You can also 'Like' content directly from the App Store and iTunes.

Maps

Apple has ditched Google Maps in favour of its own Maps app with vector-based elements for smoothness of graphics and text.

It offers turn-by-turn navigation with real-time traffic information, 'Flyover' 3D views and local search via Yelp. Like Siri, Apple has confirmed that this will work in the UK.

Mail

A new feature in Mail is VIP mailbox. This makes it easier and quicker to check email from people you mark as, well, VIPs.

Photos

User can now share groups of photos via Apple iCloud. They can then 'like' or comment on photos.

Passbook

Passbook is a new app for iOS 6. It collects and stores things like boarding passes, loyalty cards and tickets so an iPhone for example can be used to get into a music gig or check into a hotel.

The app can automatically display passes at a specific time or geographic location. It can also give alerts based on the content it has stored.

Apple iOS 6 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Safari

The Safari web browser has some new features including iCloud tabs, offline reading lists, photo uploads and full screen view.

FaceTime

A small update to FaceTime means it can be used over 3G/cellular networks instead of Wi-Fi only.

Do Not Disturb

The Do Not Disturb option will do handy things like mutes push notifications, stops the screen from turning on and declines incoming phone calls, except from user-defined contacts.

Will I get all the features of iOS 6?

Unfortunately not all devices will get the entirety of iOS 6's features, but Apple hasn't given any specific details. The only thing we do know is that Siri will be available on the new iPad.

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