While no news yet on the release of the latest models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, the tech giant did however release the latest version of its operating system software, the iOS 6 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The new iOS will be made available to present iPhone and iPad users somewhere around autumn, said chief executivebut a beta version of the operating software was made available on Tuesday, after the conference.
The new OS features a number of new additions. First up, Apple has gone to lengths to offer users a more integrated Facebook experience, and with the iOS 6, users will be able to update their own statuses on the social networking site by voice command, while Apple executive Scott Forstall said that users will now be able to extend their ‘Like’s to movies and songs at the Apple iTunes store.
Next up, Siri, the voice command software is getting some considerable upgrades, boosting the number languages it recognises by now including Spanish, Korean and Mandarin Chinese and even more substantial, Siri will now, to an extent, be able to operate the smartphone itself, launching apps and other programs by voice command. The new OS will have also an “eyes free” feature that, in working in confluence with users’ automobiles, will have a “Siri button” installed in cars, to launch the voice command service. Apple also said that it will now offer users video calls that will be made through cellular connections rather than wi-fi, boosting the service.
One of the biggest announcements that Apple did make, was that it would no longer be subscribing to Google’s Map service, instead launching its own that will be integrated with voice command software, Siri. This particular announcement had been rumoured for a while, with reports of it dogging Google’s launch of its new 3D map service last week.
Apple’s own map service will also offer 3D imaging and according to Carolina Milanesi, an analyst for Gartner, this announcement received the largest applause by the audience at the conference, telling the BBC, "Maps got the biggest cheer [from the audience]," while also adding, "The opportunity that controlling maps gives to Apple for learning more about what their users are doing, keeping that information, and then being able to leverage that for advertising purposes is huge."
Speaking about the iOS6 on a whole, Milanesi said, "iOS6 is a continued evolution. I think the whole operating system is getting more clever. It's learning from what consumers are doing and improving the experience."