Apple has unveiled a brand new OS update for their highly popular iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. They have also announced tighter Facebook integration and new 3D Maps in an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 6.Also getting a makeover is the Company’s voice activation software Siri.
The new OS, which was announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, delivers new functionality to help customers keep track of orders such as movie tickets as well as sports scores.
Announcements included the dropping of Google Maps in their Mountain Lion, OS which is expected to be released in July.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, world-wide marketing head Phil Schiller and Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president for iOS software, were the main presenters at the San Francisco event in the USA.
The new OS will be delivered to Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad later this year via an over the air update.
To date Apple has since sold more than 365 million iPhones, and more than 67 million iPads.
“This is ultimately why people choose to work at Apple and with Apple, to do the best work of their lives,” said Mr Cook. “I can’t think of a better reason of getting up in the morning.”
Apple’s new mapping service will deliver images obtained from cameras mounted in helicopters as they fly over Australian Cities. It will include free turn-by-turn navigation and a new three-dimensional flyover feature which will be mapped from helicopter flyovers using cameras that can spot someone sunbathing in their backyard.
“This is a world-wide effort,” said Mr Forstall, head of Apple’s mobile software division. “We’re doing all the cartography ourselves.” Among the Cities demonstrated was Sydney.
Apple also announced upgrades to its iCloud Internet service, including more social networking and photo sharing features that will be seen according to the Wall Street Journal as Apple’s latest efforts in the increasing arms race against Google to win the hearts of app developers and wallets of consumers.
On Monday, Apple said on it has more than 400 million accounts on its App Store and customers have downloaded some 30 billion apps.