Apple's iOS 6 release date: Start your downloads on Sept. 19

September 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Apple will release the next version of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 6, on Sept. 19.
The Cupertino company announced the release date along with the iPhone 5 today at an event in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
A key addition is a new Apple-created mapping app — which Apple is debuting after axing Google Maps. The update will also have an improved Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, that can open apps via voice command. Another notable change is the ability to conduct Facetime video chats over a 3G cellular network, a feature that’s prompted discussion about its impact to data plans.
The new system is said to have 200 new featuresincluding tighter Facebook integration, more phone-answering options and a Passbook app for storing boarding passes, movie tickets, and other location-based items.
The launch will mark the quickest turnaround time for development in Apple’s operating system line. The iOS 5 system was released in October last year after Apple tested seven beta versions in a four-month period.
iOS 6, on the other hand, went through four versions and will be released more than three weeks earlier than its predecessor.

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