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Apple unleashes iOS 6 with revamped Siri, 3D Maps and Facebook Integration
Apple unleashes iOS 6 with revamped Siri, 3D Maps and Facebook Integration
By: iMedia News Bureau

After months of speculations and hullabaloo over the features of new iOS 6, Apple has finally unveiled the much awaited operating system at the World Wide Developer’s Conference.

Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iOS Software at Apple said that iOS 6 includes more than 200 new features. The OS will be released this fall on the iPhone 3GS and later the iPad 2 and the latest iPad. Apple has also revamped Map apps with 3D rendering and most importantly Facebook integration. The features will work on the iPhone 3GS and above, the iPad 2 and up, and fourth-generation iPod touch and beyond.

Siri has become more intelligent with enhanced sports knowledge. It also now includes improved restaurant recommendations, which pull up Yelp reviews and the option for OpenTable reservations, as well as movie data, aided by Rotten Tomato stats. Siri can also launch applications and will be available in many new languages like Cantonese, Korean, and Mandarin.

Next up, iOS 6 will include Facebook integration which is an addition to the existing Twitter integration. Facebook in iOS 6 will let users share photos, apps, and other content directly to your Facebook Timeline. Like Twitter, it can be integrated with the iOS Notification Center. Facebook events and birthdays will also be added to your calendar.

After acquiring three mapping companies over the past few years, Apple has replaced Google Maps with its own Maps application. It included turn-by-turn navigation, improved traffic, and Yelp integration, among other things. Yelp and Siri integration, and awesome-looking 3D views are also possible with this new app.

A Facetime video chat feature has also been launched by Apple for video chat fans. Until now, it only worked when both users were connected to Wi-Fi. Now, it will function as long as you have a data connection.

After revealing the above and few minor updates Forstall said that Apple has sold 365 million iOS devices so far, and 80 percent are using iOS 5. There are about 140 million iMessage users, who have sent 150 billion messages total, for an average of about 1 billion per day.

Apple also gave a facelift to its notebook line by unveiling a completely new, next-generation MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Apple's Tim Cook said Apple's App Store now has 650,000 apps, 225,000 of which were developed for iPad. Users have downloaded 30 billion apps, resulting in $5 billion paid to developers. At this point, 120 countries have access to the App Store, with another 32 coming on board by month's end.