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Improved Siri and Facebook Integration Lands on iOS 6

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During the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday, Apple took the wraps off its new mobile operating system—the iOS 6. The software is packed with over 200 features, including the improved Siri and system-wide Facebook integration.

Better Siri Functionality on iOS 6

Scott Forstall, Apple’s iOS software chief, introduced the enhanced Siri in a keynote during WWDC 2012. New features include the ability to ask the voice application for sports scores, make dinner reservation through Open Table, and check movie times with Rotten Tomatoes. It can also be used to launch apps, as well as post messages on Twitter. Additionaly, iOS 6 has more supported languages with the inclusion of Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and many more.

System-Wide Facebook Integration

Other than the updated Siri, iOS 6 will also feature system-wide Facebook integration. Just like with Twitter for iOS, users can log in to their social media account in the app settings and post messages, music, photos, and apps. Events and birthdays stored on the social networking site will also appear in the iOS calendar, while users can “like” applications in the App Store.

Additional iOS 6 Features

Other than Siri and Facebook, Apple also updated its native iOS apps. Forstall addressed this during his keynote:

“iOS 6 continues the rapid race of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device. We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features on iOS 6 including new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app.”

Enhancements include the quick messages feature, wherein a user can send an immediate SMS when a call is declined or be reminded about it later. The available quick message ranges from “I’ll call you later” to “I’m on my way.”

Mail for iOS also got an update, as Apple added a new feature called VIPs. This allows users to specify high-priority emails and easily insert pictures and videos when composing a message.  In addition, the mobile software has a “do not disturb” function that sets a time range wherein notifications and alerts are turned off completely. This feature is customizable so that users can accept call during those periods.

 

The mobile OS will be available this fall and it will be compatible with iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch.

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