There’s no doubt that Apple is set to take the wraps off iOS 6 tomorrow at its annual developer conference. The question is, what features will the new operating system for the iPhone and iPad have?
At this point, iOS 6 isn’t shaping up to be a dramatic change, but rather a collection of enhancements to this operating system. Still, this shouldn’t surprise anyone, as that’s typical of Apple.
One of the bigger changes has been talked about so many times in so many places that it counts as an open secret: Apple is going to redo its Maps app so that it no longer uses data from Google Maps. This will make the company less dependent on what has become one of its biggest rivals.
Another widely rumored feature is that Facebook will be integrated into iOS 6, in the same way Twitter already is. This will make it easier for iPhone users to post images and other content to this social-networking service.
As it stands now, developers of third-party software can’t integrate the Siri voice-recognition system into their apps. Apple will supposedly introduce an API that will work with iOS 6 to add this feature. Other improvements to Siri might also be in the works, as this service is still categorized as a beta.
In a cosmetic change, the blue color of many elements of the iPhone’s OS and bundled apps is reportedly being switched to silver, which will make it match the look of the iPad more closely.
Evidence has emerged to indicate that iOS 6 is going to allow people to configure their smartphone or tablet so that new versions of apps will automatically be downloaded and installed. Currently, users have to manually request new versions be downloaded.
A complete list of the changes in the new version of Apple’s mobile operating system will be available tomorrow, when iOS 6 is announced at the company’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). This will almost certainly happen in the keynote address, which Apple CEO Tim Cook will give starting at 1 pm ET.