Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads

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Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at WWDC next week.Thanks to several leaks and reports, we have a reasonable idea of what to expect when the curtain opens.

Siri on the iPad

An easy and expected inclusion, but there are a few caveats.

It won't be full screen, it will simply appear below whatever you're doing. And we're also hearing that it may only be available on the newest generation of iPad.

Facebook integration

TechCrunch reported that Apple will include Facebook integration in iOS 6.

The speculation is that it will be simple at the onset -- adding Facebook options to the Share button, which already includes options for email and Twitter. We may see it open up down the road to recognising event information and including Facebook details from people who email you, just like beloved email app Sparrow does.

Apple will apparently include a 'do not disturb' switch that will hide your alerts and banners, which will make it easier to not be that guy in the movie theatre whose phone won't stop going off.

Brand new maps

Apple is eschewing Google in favour of its own 3D mapping solution made possible with its acquisition of C3 technologies.

Maps are about to get a lot more beautiful

Redesigned iTunes, iBookstore, and App Store

The specifics are unclear, but we can expect a big face-lift on Apple's three storefronts with the release of iOS 6.

Photo and video sharing on iCloud

iCloud may soon act like a mini-Instagram, letting you share your photos over various social networks and letting your friends comment on them.

iCloud apps

iOS apps like Notes and Reminders will soon find their home in iCloud, making it easier to manage your life from more devices and keep everything synced.

Notification banners in iCloud

No longer just for your mobile devices, banner notifications will soon be popping up in iCloud while you're on your home computer, keeping you aware of things like appointments and Twitter mentions.

New silver colour scheme

iDownloadBlog reports that iOS 6 will introduce a new silver colour scheme as a refreshed take on the iOS colour scheme.

See the before and after pictures to the right.

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