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Apple’s senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall today previewed iOS 6, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system at WWDC 2012, which includes an all-new Maps app as well as Passbook.
iOS 6 will introduce a brand-new app called Passbook, which Forstall explains is a central app for collecting boarding passes, movie tickets, reward cards and other vital data you don’t want to lose. Templates make it easy for developers to tap into Passbook as well.
Apple senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall demoed Passbook as part of his iOS 6 preview on Monday during the WWDC keynote, which combines “the best way to get all of your passes and tickets together in one place.”
New Guided Access features in iOS 6 will also make it easier for disabled users to use, as well as enable parents to turn off features that may not be child appropriate, such as the home button. (At last!)
Perhaps the biggest iOS 6 revolves around the company’s new Maps app. As widely rumored, Apple appears to be ditching Google Maps entirely in favor of their own version with 100 million business listings, integrated Yelp and a built-in traffic view. Anonymous, real-time, crowd-sourced data can also be added.
Turn-by-turn navigation finally arrives with iOS 6, and the integrated service looks significantly nicer than the third-party solutions we’ve been paying for from the App Store all these years. Turn-by-turn navigation is also integrated with Siri, including queries such as, “Where can I get gas?” and even the infamous, “Are we there yet?”
Flyover mode adds the rumored 3D mapping service, enabling lightning-fast satellite views rendered in realtime from locations all over the world. Forstall notes that Apple’s new Maps app was built from the ground up for iOS 6.
iOS 6 will be available as a beta to developers today for the iPhone 3GS or later, second and third-generation iPads and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Older models such as the original iPad and earlier versions of the iPod touch are sadly left out to pasture with the new software, expected later this year.
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