Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco on Monday, 11 June. iOS 6 brings 200 new features to the iPhone and iPad.
Apple's new shared photo-stream feature, shown off at WWDC 2012.
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The revamped operating system includes an updated version of Siri. In addition, iOS 6 comes with more personalisation options, allowing users to turn on a do-not-disturb mode, as well as to respond to phone calls with a set message, and set VIP status for individuals whose emails come through as alerts.
Apple will also finally allow FaceTime to work over the mobile network; it previously worked only over a Wi-Fi network.
Apple will also consolidate a user's Apple ID and phone number, so calls and messages can be picked up via the iPhone or iPad.
Other new features include the ability to compile an offline reading list, a new photo-upload feature, the ability to share photo streams and an app called Passbook, which stores boarding passes, store cards and movie tickets.
The latest version of iOS keeps the pressure on mobile competitors, even as Android and Windows Phone ready their own updates to their respective operating systems. While Android long ago overtook iOS as the most popular mobile operating system, Apple's platform continues to be the one that draws in the most attractive mix of affluent customers and top-tier developers.
The beta for iOS 6 went out to developers on the same day, and will be available to consumers in spring. The operating system will work with iPhone 3GS and later, as well as the second and third generation of the iPad.