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iOS developers, it's time to get your iOS 6 beta on! Apple has just released the iOS 6 beta build 10A5316k, which they went over during today's WWDC 2012 keynote, and you can download it now. iOS 6 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, the new iPad (2012), and the fourth-generation iPod touch. There are also download links for an update to the second- and third-generation Apple TV.
We've been hitting you with as much coverage of this morning's WWDC 2012 keynote as you can handle, but we're sure you wanna check things out for yourself, right? Well, we've got you covered there too. Apple has just released the video of the keynote address that revealed a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro with Retina display, Mountain Lion, and iOS 6.
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If you've wished that you could chat with Siri while using your new third-generation iPad, you're in luck. Apple just announced that Siri for iPad is a reality, and it will arrive alongside iOS 6. Siri will be able to do all the stuff you're accustomed to, plus more, as the company has announced new Siri abilities during its WWDC 2012 keynote as well.
We've speculated for weeks now that Apple will unveil iOS 6 on Monday at WWDC 2012 because it just seems natural based on the past. Now, it's confirmed. Above is an image of a banner being erected at Moscone Center, the site of WWDC, that simply states that iOS 6 is "The world's most advanced mobile operating system." Looks like we know what at least one of the major topics on Monday morning will be...now, about those Retina display Macs...
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Google has announced a few nice updates to Google Maps that will be rolling out soon. For starters, expect offline maps to come to mobile Android and iOS devices. You'll be able to look up a map area in advance and select it to be made available offline. Maps will then indicate how much space it will take up on your device, and will download the content with your approval.
The second major feature is greatly-improved 3D maps. Thanks to planes shooting images at a 45 degree angle and from directly above, Google used stereophotogrammetry to combine the images to create 3D scenes. Google was able to demo this on an internal version of Google Earth for iPad, showing off the city of San Francisco in 3D.
With iOS 6 set to debut next week at WWDC 2012, rumors about what we'll see in the next major version of Apple's mobile operating system are heating up, and 9to5Mac is reporting that Siri will make its debut on the iPad at the event. In the mockup above, you see how Siri for the iPad is described to look. The interface isn't full-screen, and instead slides up from the bottom of the iPad display. All the Siri features from the iPhone 4S are present in the iPad version, and there are also rumors that Siri will see upgraded functionality that will allow it to do more things in iOS 6 as well. We'll have all the details from WWDC when it kicks off next week on June 11.
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TechCrunch has learned through a source that iOS 6, set to debut next week at WWDC 2012, will include system-level Facebook integration. This means that you'll be able to log in to Facebook in iOS 6 itself, similar to how you can currently do the same with multiple Twitter accounts in iOS 5.
After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned. [...]
To be clear, Twitter will still very much be a part of the new iOS (presumably named “iOS 6″ and codenamed “Sundance“), and that company will be holding sessions at WWDC to chat more about the continued partnership (including the integration into the forthcoming OS X Mountain Lion). But Facebook integration will be very important for iOS — tons of apps use Facebook for sign-ups and authentication (many use Facebook as the only way to do this, to the dismay of some).
Details of how exactly sharing will work remain a mystery, since Facebook has a more customized set of privacy options on a per-post basis, and of course, things can always change at the last minute and Facebook integration could end up being scrapped again (it was a planned feature for iOS 4.) However, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, recently suggested that we will see more out of Apple and Facebook shortly with the phrase "Stay tuned."
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It's pretty much a sure thing that Apple will be replacing Google Maps with its own solution in iOS 6, highlighting a new 3D mapping feature in the process, and that this will be revealed on June 11 during the WWDC 2012 keynote. What we didn't expect, however, was that Google would be planning its own Maps even five days prior to Apple's announcement in order to show off what we assume will be its own 3D mapping feature. Yep, Google will be holding an event to show off "The Next Dimension of Google Maps" the morning of Wednesday, June 6 at 9:30am PDT. We'll have all the details as they happen.
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As previously reported, Apple is set to replace Google Maps in iOS 6 with an in-house solution that's the result of the company acquiring mapping companies like C3 Technologies, Poly9, and Placebase. Today, we see leaked screenshots from a BGR "trusted source" that shows off a bit more of what we can expect.
The screenshots show that the new 3D mode is certainly in the works in build 10A314 of iOS 6. Again, this is a total replacement for Google Maps, allowing Apple to provide the exact Maps experience that it want to provide on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We expect to get a full preview of iOS 6 at WWDC next month.