Apple has just seeded the third beta of iOS 6 out to developers, which features expanded Maps settings.
Apple has just pushed the third beta of iOS 6 out to developers in order to get the software ready for its gold-standard launch alongside the iPhone 5.
Building on from beta 2 of iOS 6, Apple has added multiple bug fixes and improved the overall performance of the touchscreen keyboard, according sources familiar with the update.
It also now allows developers to customize certain aspects like the volume of turn-by-turn navigation, and whether to measure distances in miles or kilometers.
iOS 6 beta 3 is compatible with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 3GS, and, of course, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5. Detailed at WWDC 2012, iOS 6 has all the makings of being yet another uneventful update for the company’s mobile operating system, particularly when compared to Google and Microsoft’s respective launches.
Perhaps Apple is holding some features back. There is talk of a major overhaul for Siri that will see the software finally come out of beta, as well as system-level Facebook integration, and the possibility of some UI changes – although the latter, we’d argue, is something of a long shot, given Apple’s ultra-conservative approach to user interfaces. But we can always live in hope.
Not much else is known about the update, bar what was detailed at WWDC 2012. Apple will need to make some pretty drastic changes to Siri, however, if it wants to compete with Google’s newly released Now service, which is at present a vastly superior product doing everything Siri can and much, much more.
Check out Richard Goodwin’s piece on Google Now vs. Siri here.
iOS 6 will be unleashed to users following its official announcement alongside the iPhone 5 at Apple's upcoming keynote event which is expected to take place on August 7, according to KYM sources.