Be ready to get surprised by iOS6!
After stealing all the headlines earlier this year courtesy the new iPad, Apple is back again with its World Wide Developers Conference scheduled June 11. And the agenda is going to be the latest version of its mobile operating system: iOS 6.
The Facebook surprise!
One of the biggest news which the rumour-mill has churned out is a deep integration of Facebook with iOS 6. After a successful stint with Twitter in the earlier version iOS 5, Apple is likely to fabricate the popular social network into its devices. This will allow, as the report from TechCrunch says, users of iPhone and iPad to directly post and share things on their facebook account without having to login from the Facebook app. Something similar was done with Twitter last year, and it showed a traffic increase of 25% to the site, not to forget the ever-increasing popularity of the iDevices.
Both Facebook and Apple have hinted numerous times in the past about their diminishing distances. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has admitted that Facebook is the only company that is closest to being like Apple and that the relationship is going to be ‘solid’. Facebook’s desperate need to up its presence in the mobile arena is well known. It wants to get revenue from its mobile users which, so far, has appeared far-fetched for the company. Then, this integration with Apple can prove to be a deft move in that direction.
Adios Google Maps!
The other news is the antonym of the above one. Apple reportedly wants to disintegrate itself from its arch-rival Google in every way possible. It is working on its own Maps application that will do away with Google Maps in the newer versions of iOS. According to an Apple enthusiast site 9to5Mac, Apple has been acquiring smaller companies working on mapping technologies and creating huge databases about routes and locations. The result has manifested into the service dubbed Maps, which will replace Google Maps in iOS 6. The new service is expected to deliver “much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience”, and also a 3D mode for visiting places in a more realistic way.
A word of caution!
Yeah! We all know that Apple is Apple and will remain Apple. Any last-minute changeovers and new ‘unexpected’ surprises are almost a norm in this company. We are on our heels to get the latest news right here, and you better stay tuned, as the company might take the message “Stay hungry, stay foolish” more seriously!
I am a simple and focused guy currently pursuing Electricals & Electronics from BITS Pilani Hyderabad and serving as co-editor at Gadgetronica.com
2 June, 2012