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iOS 6 "Sundance" is the sixth major iOS release which was announced at WWDC 2012 and was realized on September 19, 2012. It is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4,iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 5G and on the iPad 2 and The new iPad. Many features were announced, but the iPod Touch 4th generation, the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 won't have many new iOS 6 features since they all run on a single core A4 chip or lower. It was announced that the iPhone 3GS is still supported but the original iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen are not.iOS 6.1.3 is the current version of the software.

New Features

  • Maps - A completely brand new redesigned Maps app was released made by Apple Inc., with help from TomTom, Google Maps was removed.
  • Siri - Now understands more languages, works in more countries, can respond to sports scores, movies, etc. Siri is also compatible with the new iPad and 5th gen iPod Touch.
  • Facebook - Fully integrated into iOS, now you can do most features like with Twitter.
  • Shared Photo Streams - Share the photos you want with whoever you want. You can also make comments about an image.
  • Passbook - All of your boarding passes, movie tickets, coupons, loyalty cards, and others now in one place.
  • Eyes-Free-Siri will now be compatible with future Audi, Toyota, and Honda cars made after this feature is released with iOS 6. It is unknown if cars from other car makers like Ford and Mazda will be compatible with this feature.
  • FaceTime - FaceTime with friends over cellular networks for iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 or later
  • Phone-Send the caller to voicemail, do not disturb feature available, set callback reminder and reply with text message.
  • Mail - V.I.P lists, easier to add image and video, and swipe down to refresh mailbox.
  • Safari - iCloud tabs, full screen landscape, offline reading list.
  • Accessibility - Now contains Guided Access for people disabilities
  • Remodeled Stores - iTunes, App and iBook Store all remodeled
  • New Features for China
  • Clock App for iPad
  • Google Maps and YouTube are no longer included.
  • Now supports adobe flash player for A5 and up devices only

Trivia

  • Initial release on iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini and iPad 4th generation.
  • iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and iPad 3 have limited support
  • iPad 1 and iPod touch (3rd generation) are not supported with this release
  • iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2, iPad with retina display and iPad mini are all fully supported.
  • The iOS 6 Apple Maps triggered significant controversey with its new design, switching from Google Maps to Apple Maps.

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