Apple iOS 6 – need to know
iOS 6 – Photo Stream
Similar to Facebook, Apple's Photo Stream service lets you select people you'd like to share your photos with. Once that's done, they'll get a notification each time you post a new photo of your cat in people clothes (or whatever else you happen to like taking snaps of).
iOS 6 – Mail
The same VIP feature in OS X Mountain Lion will also make its way into iOS 6, providing users with the ability to select important contacts which will trigger special notifications. Also, videos and photos can be directly inserted into in-line messages. About time too.
iOS 6 – Passbook
iOS 6 users will be treated to a Passbook – a shiny new app which will happily gobble up the details of anything with a barcode and collate it into one easy to organise app. Movie tickets, boarding passes – you name it, it'll read it. It'll even update in real time – so if your plane's boarding gate changes, so will your ticket. And it can use location data to intelligently pick out your passes – knowing that if you're in a Starbucks you'll probably want to use your Starbucks card, for instance.
iOS 6 – Lost Mode
If you've gone and left your iPhone in the back of a taxi then this new feature could very well be your saviour. Lost Mode lets you send a phone number to your misplaced iPhone so that a kind-hearted soul can ring you back to arrange a reunion with your beloved iDevice.
iOS 6 – Safari
Safari has been updated on both Macs and on iDevices with a new feature called iCloud tabs, which lets you synchronise tabs with all mobile and full versions of the Safari browser for uninterrupted surfing.
iOS 6 – release date
iOS 6 is available to download from September 19th.