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UPDATE: Apple iOS 6 - Rumours And Speculation Round Up

We are only days away from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where we very much doubt the iPhone 5 or ‘new iPhone' will be launched. But a new operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices is all set to be unveiled, according to all the rumours and speculation of late.

iOS 6, also known by the codename of ‘Sundance' is likely to be launched at WWDC. Tickets to the event are priced at £1000 and sold out in just two hours. News reached ITProPortal, as far back as early April, that the upcoming iTunes 11 version is said to be compatible with iOS 6, from the information gain by developers, who have seen the media player's code. This was the first time that a new Apple mobile platform, outside of any 5.x variant came to our attention.

A feature that is said to be key in the new iOS is 3D maps. This has been a popular rumour and has appeared a number of times, adding more clout to the hearsay. This new mapping feature is all thanks to the Apple acquisition of C3 Technologies who is a specialist, in the area of 3D maps.

Adding more fuel to these third dimensional maps were leaked images of screen shots, reportedly taken from iOS 6 and highlight the updated user interface and colour scheme, among other aspects. A number of these pictures were obtained, showing the 3D mode, which will add to the current overlays of traffic, satellite, hybrid and list layers. This introduction to a new iOS could result in Apple dropping Google for its maps, with a move to more in-house developed applications instead.

Another aspect to yet-to-be-released OS could be new abilities of iCloud, with web-based apps for notes and reminders. This new possibility to the iOS 6 came from a developer, who uncovered the information in a beta section of the iCoud website.

Facebook integration with the new Apple mobile OS is also set to be on the cards, with reports noting that accessing the social network will be more deeply integrated into iOS 6. Apple's CEO Tim Cook was recently asked at a conference: why Twitter was integrated within the platform, but not Facebook. The head of the company suggested that users should ‘stay tuned', for more news on the subject.

There have also been reports that the new operating system for Apple devices may bring Siri to the iPad, for the very first time. The iPhone 4S Siri voice activated personal assistance is rumoured to not fill the entire iPad screen, but instead will pop-up as a small window, on top of whatever is currently running on the tablet.

Even though the likelihood is very high that Apple will officially announce iOS 6 next week, the chances are that it won't be made available until the Autumn. This piece of info came from another item we recently covered, confirming the iPhone operating system was almost final. A number of weeks have past since this was published, giving developers enough time to add the finishing touches.

One thing will be certain though, when it's ready, all recent Apple devices will be able to run iOS 6, from day one. This is direct opposition to other mobile OS', as every handset manufacture has to qualify it, then the mobile phone networks have to qualify it, too, and this just adds to many months of delay.


Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts today, where from 6pm we are covering the event and we will then get to see if all these rumours and speculation come to light. Stay tuned to ITProPortal's Apple WWDC 2012 Liveblog to find out more.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.