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Top five features we didn't get to see in Apple iOS 6

Before Apple unveiled iOS 6, rumours were abound as to what it might contain. While many of these rumours were spot on, a number of them, some from credible sources, were wide of the mark. The following is our top five items that have not made it into the upcoming iOS 6.

1 iOS iCloud-based apps for notes and reminders

This feature was rumoured to be a part of iO 6 in a report that we covered in early May. This would have synced-up all the data within those separate apps in iCloud and then passed it across to iPads, Macs and iPod touch devices - with the same Apple ID. This could have then been used on any devices running iOS 6 or that support this function, which would have bound to have been all the current range of products. It would have operated in the same way as other aspects of the iClouds abilities, such as iTunes or Photo Stream. This still might be worked into the release of the OS, or it could just have been held back for a larger all-encompassing iCloud update. Perhaps at the time of the iPhone 5 or new iPhone launch?

2. Support for the third-generation iPod touch

Apple has dropped this version of the iPod touch from the list of devices that will be getting an update to the latest iOS. This is a shame, as iOS 5 was supported and ran well, from all accounts. It isn't an entire surprise though as older products are often left off the list after major updates - iOS 5 dropped support for the iPhone 3G and iPod touch second-generation, for instance. Version 4 of the platform also saw the original iPhone and first incarnations of the iPod touch range dropped.

3. Google Maps

Apple has now stopped using Google for its maps requirements in iOS-based products. Instead, it has developed new mapping solutions in-house. This has been aided by the acquisition of three different companies that specialise within these areas. These are Placebase, Poly9 and C3 Technologies. The latter is responsible for the 3D element of the new maps inside iOS 6. Google recently announced this new ability for Android devices, too, and a week before Apple unveiled its offering. It has been reported that TomTom has also had involvement with the new maps in iOS 6, but to what extent, we are unsure.

4. Support for the first iPad model

Apple has dropped support beyond iOS 5 for the first version of the iPad. As with the third-generation of the iPod touch products, the original iPad will miss all of the iOS 6 goodies, such as Siri. This previously 'iPhone 4S-only' personal voice assistant is now coming to the larger screen-based Apple products, and for the very first time. iPad owners that have watched on with envy at the versatility of Siri were waiting for this, only now early adopters are forced to upgrade if they want Siri. There's no news from Apple as to why the original iPad has been left out; perhaps the 3D maps are just too much for the hardware.

5. iPhone 5 release date

Although this doesn't strictly fall under ‘features' of the iOS, will still didn't get to see the new, sixth-generation version of the iPhone at WWDC this year. In the past, Apple has announced a new handset at its Worldwide Developers Conference. 2009's WWDC event saw the premier of the 3GS, while the 2010 show served as the launch platform for the iPhone 4. The company changed tack last year and the iPhone 4S had its debut in October. As that month comes under the banner of ‘Fall' or Autumn - the same time frame as the iOS 6 scheduled release - there is a high chance that a new iPhone will be released simultaneously with the operating system.

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.