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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) much-awaited launch of the iOS 6 mobile operating system is scheduled for today, but with the company having offered no specific time for its availability, user confusion has led to some rumors.
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Twitter user JamesIsFierce posted an image on Wednesday morning of what he said was a schedule of release times for the software. According to the image, iOS 6 will be made available to users in the U.S. and Canada at around 10 a.m. PT, while those in London will be able to download it at 6 p.m. local time. Though those times are not confirmed, they do tally with other Apple event start times in the past.
While iOS 6 will be preloaded on iPhone 5 devices, users of older models of the smartphone as well as those with an existing iPad or iPod touch can download the new software that incorporates over 200 changes. Among some big improvements, the software will include a new in-house mapping app from Apple, the coupon and ticketing management app Passbook, and features such as the ability to set a “do not disturb” period. Other new features include shared photo streams and seamless Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) integration. For users of the iPhone 4S, there will be an improved version of Siri. Some advanced features such as Flyover maps and turn-by-turn navigation will only be available on iPhone 4S or later, a fifth-generation iPod touch, and the new iPad.
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