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Apple iOS 6: Facebook Integration, Improved Siri, New Maps

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple today showed off iOS 6, the feature-laden successor to its current iOS 5 software for iPhones and iPads. It will bring 200 new features to the iPhone and iPad, the company said, including Facebook integration, Apple's own 3D maps, and improvements to its voice-activated Siri virtual assistant.

"iOS 6 is a phenomenal release," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president for iOS software. The new system should be shipped to consumers this fall; an early so-called Beta version will be available to software developers today, Forstall announced to a packed house at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco.

Among other enhancements, Siri will, for the first time, be included in the iPad, said Forstall. And users will be able to move seamlessly between one device and another.

Forstall showed Siri's improved ability to give turn-by-turn directions if one is driving, make restaurant reservations and show schedule and gate changes in real time if your plane is delayed.

The navigation system will be activated by an "eyes-free" button in some new car models; Apple said it is working with BMW, GM, Mercedes, Land Rover, Jaguar, Audi, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and other automakers.

Apple said it has partnered with such online services as OpenTable for reservations, RottenTomatoes for movie reviews and times, and several gaming companies.

The new operating system is designed as something of a threat to Google, with its comprehensive map software. Apple said it will now have its own, including flyover views of major cities to help give you a sense of where you are.

"In iOS 6 we have built an entire new maps system from the ground up," said Forstall.

Facebook will be a central part of the new system, said Apple. Log on and almost anything you're doing on your iPad or iPhone can be shared instantly with friends.

And phone calls will be easier. There is a new "Do Not Disturb" feature, plus other ways to send quick messages if someone calls while you're busy but don't want to ignore them. Apple said iOS 6 will remind you to get back to those people later.

"Only Apple can make such amazing hardware, software, and services," Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage at the conference. "These products can change the world."

The company, however, made no mention of a new iPhone, what has been rumored to be called the iPhone 5. Talk has been swirling about the new phone for months and the new device is expected to have a larger screen, a different dock connector, and a new design.

The WWDC developers' meeting has over 3,000 attendees this week. The attendees are Apple developers, or those who create software for Apple's iOS and Mac OS X operating systems.

Apple stock, which had been up in the morning, lost about one percent of its value after the announcement finished.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Apple to Preview iOS5, New MacBook Pros at Conference

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday will take the stage at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, where he is expected to preview quite a bit of the tech giant's new products, including the next version of the iPhone operating system (iOS 6) and new Apple MacBook Pro and Air laptops.

Speaking at the All Things D conference two weeks ago, Cook discussed that both Siri improvements and more Facebook integration was coming to the iPhone and iPad.  Both those new features are expected to be large parts of the forthcoming iOS 6 operating system for the iPhone and iPad that will be previewed on Monday.

Cook and Apple executives will also discuss other new features coming to the iPhone and iPad, including a possible new maps application.  The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple was planning to replace the Google Maps app on the iPhone with its own 3D mapping solution.  Last week, Google held a Maps event, but would not discuss its relationship with Apple.

iOS 6 is not expected to be released to the public for a couple of months.  On Monday, like in years past, it will likely be released for developers that build apps and other accessories for the iPhone.

Apple is not expected to discuss the next iPhone or the iPhone 5 at the WWDC.  Industry experts and analysts expect the new iPhone hardware, which has been rumored to have a larger display, to be released in the early fall, when iOS 6 is officially available for all to download.

On Monday, Cook is also expected to focus on Apple's laptops and desktops, and Mountain Lion, Apple's next version of its Mac operating system.  Along with a preview of the new software, Apple is heavily rumored to be releasing new MacBook Pros and Airs with brand new high-resolution Retina Displays.  ABC News previously reported that the MacBook Pros will have Nvidia graphics and Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors.

Apple is also likely to provide details on the future of its iCloud service, which provides users cloud storage space and access to music, contacts, and apps from any device.

The WWDC is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Deliver Keynote Next Week

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote address at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, where the company says it plans to unveil some major software updates and a new cloud-based initiative.

Though the Apple CEO remains on medical leave, the company said Tuesday that Jobs and a team of executives will debut Lion -- its latest update to Mac OS X -- and iOS 5, the next version of the company’s operating system used in iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

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