Apple iOS 6 beta, the latest generation of Apple’s mobile software for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, has finally been unveiled – and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s going to delight an awful lot of iOS users. Apple has just seeded a new beta version of its iOS platform to developers. This new release brings the usual batch of bug-fixes and performance tweaks, but also several cool new features. The files are indeed being pushed out, with the changelog showing fixes related to Facebook integration, the Address Book, authorization statues, and Apple TV / Bonjour workflows. You’ll also get a patched-up Dictionary, iTunes and Maps, amongst other things. The entire list of updates is embedded after the break, but we’d recommend a stiff cup of coffee before trying to digest ‘them all.
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iOS 6 introduces Passbook: Passbook is Apple’s new e-tickets app, enabling you to carry electronic tickets for anything from sports events to plane travel, or to have a digital loyalty card.
iOS 6 has an improved phone app: The revised phone app offers smart reminders, so for example you can reject a call with a message saying you’re busy, on your way, lost in a forest. If you wish, you can also tell your iPhone not to silence calls from a list of favourite callers, or to automatically silent repeat calls from the same person.
iOS 6 has Facetime over 3G: To tell the truth, we’re amazed it took so long. If this takes off, the mobile operators will be very sad.
iOS 6 Mail has VIPs and Pull to Refresh: Pull to refresh is here! Yay! You can also create a list of VIPs whose messages will appear on your device’s lock screen and in a dedicated, separate mailbox. Sharing photos or videos from within Mail is finally here too, as are per-account signatures.
iOS 6 photo sharing is more selective: Instead of sharing everything with everyone, you can choose which photos should be shared with which people.
iOS 6 makes Siri more serious: Siri is also going mobile: the new Eyes Free feature will put a Siri button on the steering wheel of Jaguars, Land Robers, BMWs, Mercs, Toyotas, Chryslers, Hondas, Audis and GM cars. The manufacturers have promised to support the feature in the next 12 months.
iOS 6 has Facebook integration: Apple promises “the best Facebook integration ever in a mobile device”.
iOS 6 has guided access for children: The new Guided Access feature enables you to disable certain parts of the screen so that children can’t accidentally hit the wrong buttons.
iOS 6 has new Map app: Apple’s much-rumoured mapping system finally breaks cover. It’s pretty, will have traffic information, doubles as a sat-nav system with turn-by-turn navigation.
iOS 6 dedicated Podcast app: A report from AllThingsD suggest that Apple may be about to give Podcasts their own application within the forthcoming iOS 6 software.
iOS 6 doesn’t require password for free apps: With iOS 6, users won’t be asked to enter their password every time they want to download a free application.
iOS 6 could sport Bluetooth 4.0 bridge: It’s claimed Apple is working on a new feature in iOS 6 which will use Bluetooth 4.0 to act as a bridge between compatible devices, which could allow a future iPod to do a variety of tasks, such making calls via an iPhone running iOS 6.
Since we don’t have an official changelog from Apple for the new release, this is about as much info on the new beta as we have. If some other important thing pops up, we’ll make sure to keep you posted.