iOS6, the new iPhone operating system is due this autumn with a raft of new features including:
Maps: Apple has dumped Google maps for it own mapping program featuring 3D city views
Sat Nav: With maps come tun-by-turn directions and real-time traffic updates supplied by TomTom
Siri: At last it has some UK destinations and UK sports: Premier League coverage is promised. It will also now open apps on command.
Social networking: Facebook is now integration throughout the OS. You can now share a photo straight from an app or ask Siri to post it for you. Never miss another birthday or get-together, since Facebook events are integrated into Calendar. And your Facebook friends’ profile information is integrated into Contacts, so when they update an email address or phone number you automatically stay up to date.
Shared Photo Streams: Now you can share just the photos you want, with just the people you choose. Simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with and they’re on their way. Friends using iCloud on an iOS 6 device or a Mac running Mountain Lion get the photos delivered immediately in the Photos app or iPhoto. You can even view shared photo streams on Apple TV.
Passbook: Your boarding passes, cinema tickets, vouchers, loyalty cards and more are now all in one place. With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a film and redeem a voucher.
FaceTime: This now works over mobile networks as well as Wi-Fi, so you can make and receive FaceTime calls wherever you happen to be. You can even make and receive FaceTime calls on your iPad using your phone number.
Send to voicemail: Now when you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a call-back reminder. Turn on Do Not Disturb and you won’t be bothered by anyone — except can’t-miss contacts.
Mail: In iOS 6 you can set up a VIP list so you’ll never miss an important message.
Offline browsing: Safari now saves web pages — not just links — in your Reading List, so you can catch up on your reading even when you can’t connect to the Internet
Security: iOS 6 and iCloud now offer Lost mode, making it even easier to use Find My iPhone to locate and protect a missing device. Immediately lock your missing iPhone with a four-digit passcode and send it a message displaying a contact number. And while in Lost mode, your device will keep track of where it’s been and report back to you any time you check in with the Find My iPhone app.