At the Worldwide Developers Conference
Apple outlined the latest version of its operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices called iOS6. The beta version of the software was made available from June 12, although the full version for consumers is not expected to be launched until October 2012.
One major change with the new operating system, according to The Guardian
, is that the new version will no longer feature Google maps and instead it will carry Apple’s own mapping application. The Daily Mail
remarks that this means “direct competition with Google over online maps.”
Like Google’s mapping application, the Apple version will collect data about the location of the user and what they are doing. This information will then be used to target advertising back to the user. Such applications continue raise issues of concern with those concerned about privacy.
A further change relating to Apple products is that they will integrate better with Facebook applications, in a move described by The Daily Telegraph
as ending “a strained business relationship.”
The announcements were made by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. The new Apple software will be available free for the following devices: iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and the iPod touch (fourth generation).
Meanwhile, the operating system for the Mac, the OS X Mountain Lion, is scheduled for release in July 2012.