iOS 6 contains over 200 new features, the following being the most notable: Siri for iPad, more languages and locations supported by Siri, redesigned App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore, a overhauled Maps application with turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook integration, a brand new app call Passbook, and tons of new features for existing apps like Messages, new Safari features including iCloud tabs, and much, much more. This major update to Apple’s mobile operating system will be available in the fall as a free update for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 4 (GSM & CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th Generation, iPod touch 5th Generation, iPad 2, new iPad, Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3. Maps Apple has transitioned away from Google Maps and towards their own in-house mapping cartography in iOS 6 with a brand new Maps application. The new Maps are vector-based, allowing for smooth scrolling and panning and very detailed text and graphics. The new Maps application allows you to tilt and rotate your device to view an area. Maps in iOS 6 features turn-by-turn navigation available on iPhone 4S or later, iPod touch 5th Generation and iPad 2 or later with real-time traffic updates providing accident reports and estimated time of arrival. Turn-by-turn navigation even works on the lock screen. You could ask Siri, “Are we there yet?” and she'll respond with the ETA. There is also a new feature in Maps called “Flyover,” which lets you see cities and landmarks from the air with stunning 3D view, available on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Tapping on a pin will reveal any phone numbers, address, reviews, and photos for the selected location along with directions how to get there. Siri has also been optimized to work better with Maps, helping you to find your way and locate destinations. Moreover, a new local search feature allows for you to discover details about locations around you. Don't forget the new icon! Siri Siri has learned a lot in iOS 6, improving her language support in more countries. Siri now follows sports as she learned baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and hockey, providing you game schedules, scores from the last game, or the current live game as well as player stats. Siri is also integrated with Facebook and Twitter, allowing you to update your Facebook status, post a comment on your Wall, or send a tweet using your voice. You can now call Siri a film buff as she can show you movie trailers, reviews for the movie and awards it won and movie times. She knows her stuff as she can tell you when the film premiered, the director and your favorite stars. You'll never eat the same thing twice with Siri. Ask her to help find restaurants by your favorite dish or cuisine, your price range, what's near you. Restaurant details are also provided such as photos, review. Now that you chose a restaurant book a reservation with Siri! Tell Siri to launch your apps and she'll listen. Best of all, Apple has brought Siri to the new iPad and iPod touch 5th generation with iOS 6. Facebook & Twitter Integration Apple has included system wide Facebook integration in iOS 6. After signing into your account once, Facebook integration on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad allows you to post to share links from Safari, share photos to the world’s largest social network directly from Camera or Photos, post your location from Maps, post high scores from Game Center, and more. Better yet, your Facebook events and birthdays are now integrated into Calendar, while your friends’ profile information can be found in Contacts. Additionally, there is now a 'Like' button in iTunes and the App Store so that you can like your favorite songs, albums, and apps directly from those platforms. Twitter integration is another prominent feature of iOS 6. You sign in once in the settings, and you can then tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, or Maps or Notification Center much like Facebook integration. You can also send Tweets or update your status directly from Notification Center with the new Share Widgets. Just pull down Notification Center and tap either social network. Safari Safari for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on iOS 6 now has iCloud Tabs, which Apple describes best as a feature that “keeps track of which pages you have open on your devices, so you can start browsing on one device and pick up right where you left off on whatever device is handy.” Apple also made improvements to offline reading for Safari, allowing the mobile browser to save full webpages in your Reading List instead of just links. You can also open up to 25 tabs on Safari for iPad. Furthermore, you can now take and upload photos or select existing ones from Camera Roll without leaving Safari, which is great for posting items on eBay or classified websites such as Craigslist or Kijiji. And if you are feeling constrained by the user interface of Safari, simply turn your device to landscape mode and tap the full-screen icon to view webpages on the big screen. To view your history quickly, hold down the 'Back' button in Safari to reveal it. Phone It is now easier to respond to incoming calls. You can automatically send the caller to your voicemail, instantly reply with a text message, or set a callback reminder for later and even set a location-based reminder. When sending a text message, there are a number of preset phrases to choose from such as “I’ll call you later” or “I’m on my way,” but you can also send your own custom message. Apple also introduced a new “Do Not Disturb” mode in Settings — which can be toggled on/off or preset for a specific time each day. This feature automatically mutes any sounds or alerts and you can make exceptions and allow contacts to make alerts and sounds. There is also a feature where if the same individual calls you more than once in a three minute period it will come through. Passbook Boarding passes, gift cards, theater tickets, and all that can be a lot to carry around with you when roaming through the city. Apple thought so too, so they added a new app to the iPhone in iOS 6 called Passbook. Instead of having to carry around your wallet with all of the aforementioned items, why not store them all in one place, which is, in this case, on your phone? It’s perfect unification, placing all your important passes and gift cards in one digital place where they can still be scanned like physical ones. You always have your iPhone or iPod Touch with you, so why not use it? There’s more to the picture here though and most people haven't seen it yet. Passbook isn't just a unified holder for all your gift cards and such, it’s the beginning of a digital payment system on iOS. You may remember Square, the system that lets you pay a business that’s using it by simply pulling out your iPhone and using the cards you already have in their app. This is great for those few local businesses that use the system, but what about other places? Starbucks used their own app for payments, as did other corporations. It seems like a waste to confuse all those users with so many different apps, so why can't we just unify them into one app? Apple is trying to do just that with Passbook and so far, it looks to be promising. Just think of the possibilities and what Apple could add to Passbook in the future. They have so many users that businesses and corporations will have to start using such a system due to popular demand. It could be a very good thing and I sure hope to see it work out well. Airplane boarding passes for flights; updates boarding pass information in real time if changes are made, Passes are also location and time-based. They appear on the lock screen when necessary letting you know what's on your agenda. There's also a nice little paper shredder animation if you delete a pass. Mail Mail also received a facelift in iOS 6 with a new VIP inbox across your devices and an easier way to attach photos or videos to your emails. Also, you can now swipe down on your screen to automatically refresh your email mailboxes. It is nice to see improvements being made to the native Mail application. VIP inbox is designed to put the more important emails ahead of others, so you don't miss the email from your boss giving them very important privileges. Synced all across your devices with iCloud. Mail also allows for per-account signatures which ones one account could say "Sent from my iPhone" and another can have the signature "Sent from my iPad." Photo Share You can now share photos quickly from Photos, select multiple photos, and tap 'Share' to share your photos with your friends. Photos will be instantly delivered to their Photos application on a iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion or an Apple TV. Apple also introduced web sharing, for people who don't have a required device. Your friends and family can 'Like' photos and make comments bringing smiles all around. The best part is: your shared photo streams does not count against your iCloud storage. Privacy iOS 6 has introduced a whole new “Privacy” section under the Settings app, where users can control which apps have access to location services, your contacts, calendars, reminders and photos. It’s a update Apple promised for its users to fix to the whole “address book-gate” issue. This solution, allows or disallows apps digging into your private information. Just head into the Privacy section in Settings to enable. Warnings will be shown if apps request access to your information.