The spanking new iOS 6 version of Apple’s smartphone software is landing later today for UK owners, bringing a suite of features to older-generation kits.
Apple is expected to make the OS bump available about 10am PST in the US. That equates to about 6pm GMT for us on the less sunny side of The Pond. But the sheer weight of users flooding Apple’s servers keen to get on board from the outset means you’re probably better off waiting a few hours or until tomorrow to get it.
Arriving two days before the iPhone 5 lands on shop shelves, iOS 6’s standout features take in a revamped version of the Siri voice commands app that now lets you speak Facebook updates out loud and enables you to open apps by saying their names.
Also on board is the Google Maps substitute Apple Maps, with integration for Yell and turn-by-turn navigation, as well as an updated Safari browser and the ability to make Facetime video calls over 3G connections.
However, it’s worth noting that not all the features will make it to older iPhone models, with the ageing 3GS set to miss out on most of the sexiest new additions. But considering the handset is pretty ancient in smartphone years, we think 3GS owners are probably pretty pleasantly surprised they’re getting any software-update love at all.
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