iOS 6 Will Arrive On Sept 19 With Better Siri, New Maps, Revamped iMessage

We've seen and heard about many of the new features coming to iOS 6 already, but with the announcement of the iPhone 5, we now know exactly when it's coming: September 19.

Little has been added in the way of functionality besides what we saw at WWDC, but it will be compatible with devices all the way back to the iPhone 3GS (along with the iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPad 2 and new iPad). Below is a rundown of the new features, and if you're unfamiliar with what has already been announced in iOS 6 there's a quick rundown of the other notable features.

  • iMessage: With the latest iOS 6 beta, Apple quietly introduced the ability to send, receive and sync iMessages between multiple devices, even if its sent to your phone number. Messaging on iOS is now a near seamless experience that allows you to pick up any of your Apple devices (or even Messages on Mountain Lion), and continue a previous conversation in stride.
  • Wi-Fi + 3G/4G: A new secret little feature in iOS 6 is the ability to keep your mobile data alive if there's no internet available on a Wi-Fi network you might be connected to. Maybe you're on a network that's set up solely for AirPlay, or maybe you've setup an ad hoc connection with a Wi-Fi flash drive. Either way, it's nice not to lose mobile data entirely. Also expect this to play nice with AirPlay direct.
  • Siri: The search functionality of Siri has been greatly expanded to fetch sports scores, list movie times and book tables at restaurants. It's almost to the point where it serves some practical function in our lives.
  • Maps: Gone are Google Maps. In its place is Apple's own home-cooked Maps app, complete with data from TomTom. From what we've seen so far, it's not a finished product quite yet, but the addition of 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation are welcome additions to be sure.
  • Passbook: Apple's answer to Google Wallet and Pay With Square is Passbook. It will store your credit card data, customer rewards cards, coupons and plane tickets. And either with the use of a QR code or bluetooth, merchants can collect your payment info and send you on your way. It's not yet clear how this will manifest in Australia -- if at all.
  • Facebook: Like being able to Tweet from anywhere in iOS? You can do the same with Facebook now. And as an added bonus, you can update Facebook and Twitter straight from Notification Center. Just be careful with contact sync, as Facebook will overwrite your contacts primary info with its own.
  • Facetime over 3G/4G: Like Facetiming on the go? If you do, you can now do it over mobile data without needing a Wi-Fi connection.
  • iCloud Tabs: iCloud tabs is a nice little feature that will allow you to access open Safari tabs on other iCloud connected devices. Pages viewed on iPhones, iPads, MacBooks (running Mountain Lion) can all be accessed from any device. A bit overdue, perhaps, but a welcome feature nonetheless.
  • YouTube: Apple's baked-in YouTube app is no longer available in iOS. Be sure to download Google's standalone app if you don't want to view YouTube vids in Safari.

Check back as we find out more about what the final version of iOS 6 has in store for us. There's certain to be a few secrets floating around.


    Turn by turn not available in Australia.

    Apple fail

      :( is this real LIFE?!?!?!

        How come Australia only gets siri on the 4s and iPhone 5 I have an iPad 2 on ios 6 and I have no siri I've been using heaps of bets versions of ios 6 as well and yet still no siri

      You've got to be kidding... That was the one reason I was going to update. Now, I'll just have to buy another app.

        It's available October 2012

      Some people have posted elsewhere that apparently turn-by-turn works in Aus in the GM release.

        Curious, hopefully an error on their part. please.

    I'm actually lovin YouTube inside safari, no more app switching. Irritating to have to switch back to safari

    wtf, no turn by turn navigation for australia. yet austria gets it

      Malta! Namibia! You're killing me Apple! Does TomTom Australia have some kind of deal here...

        That must be it. TomTom Australia isn't going to give anything away for free. They still want you to pay for their stupid $70 app, and Apple doesn't care enough to argue.

          TomTom's data in Australia is provided by Sensis, so it would be Sensis not giving away their data for free.

    lol, New Zealand gets turn by turn and we don't?

    It's like Apple WANTS me to switch to the Lumia.

      Well they do only have 5 roads in NZ so it was easy :)

        Haha gold!

    Turn by turn navigation available in Namibia though. I'm sure they will make good use of it with 10% the population Australia has.

    Soo mad that we don't get turn-by-turn. When will we get it? Frustration!

    Stupid question. Will I still be able to use/download the google maps app on iO6? I love the public transport function on it

      I would like to know that too, I'm not upgrading if i cant have google maps

    Other than Facebook integration, I'm not seeing any convincing reason to upgrade my 3GS to iOS 6:

    *iMessage - my phone is my only Apple device so irrelevant to me.
    *iCloud Tabs: as above.
    *Facetime over 3G/4G: irrelevant - no front camera on 3GS.
    *Siri: incompatible with 3GS.
    *Wi-Fi + 3G/4G: that's neat, I guess? Never run into that problem personally.
    *Maps: I would be trading Google Maps (proven) for Apple Maps (beta?) for no tangible reason (to Australian users at least).
    *Passbook: would be good, if anyone except Virgin were to use it in Aus. Qantas and Ticketek, please!
    *Facebook: the one feature that would be desirable for me.
    *YouTube: I use Safari, no problems so far.

    If I had a more recent model maybe, but the software has moved on from the 3GS. All I'm seeing at the moment is a downgrade in mapping and uncertainty over performance impact.

    Also just read that public transport/walking directions have been removed. Definitely not "upgrading" now.

    There is free built in turn by turn navigation being released in Australia

    I'm using iOS 6 in Brisbane but map doesn't have 3D turn-by-turn navigation system

    Turn by turn navigation and flyover will be available in Australia in October.

    When in OCTOBER???

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