June 11, 2012, 4:04 PM — To an audience of several thousand OS X and iOS developers, Apple executives today unveiled several expected products at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco: The iOS 6 mobile operating system used in the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch; additional features for the previously announced OS X Mountain Lion; and both an all-new thin MacBook Pro design and hardware upgrades to its existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptop lines.
But the company also announced a few surprises, such as an effort to put its Siri voice-based assistant technology in cars.
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iOS 6: Greater cross-platform integration and expanded Siri servicesApple revealed a slew of new capabilities for iOS; the iOS 6 update is expected to ship this fall. It will run on the iPad 2 and later, the iPhone 3G S and later, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch. Registered developers can download the beta software today.
Among its new capabilities are an updated Phone app that lets you tag incoming calls for follow-up, such as for when you are in a meeting. Apple is also unifying the Apple ID across OS X and iOS devices so you can answer a call on any device you happen to have handy.
As widely expected, Apple has replaced its Google-based Maps app and service with one of its own creation; Apple did its own cartography work and took its own images for on-the-ground photos. The Siri-enabled app's services include local business search, traffic conditions, 3D flyover and on-the-street views of cities, and turn-by-turn navigation that will update the suggested route based on traffic conditions.