Here Are All The Most Important Features In iOS 6 That You Need To Know About

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Apple just announced the biggest new features in iOS 6, the new software that will run iPhones and iPads this fall.We rounded up the most important new stuff coming to iOS soon. 

Major improvements to Siri

Siri is getting a boatload of new improvements with iOS 6. Here's the breakdown:

  • Siri will have sports information such as scores and player stats.
  • You can make restaurant reservations with Open Table an get reviews with Yelp.
  • Launch apps with Siri
  • Tweet from Siri
  • Siri coming to iPad
  • Siri will integrate with cars within the next 12 months. Honda, Audi, Mercedes, and other big names have already signed up

Facebook integration

As previously rumoured, iOS 6 will have built-in Facebook integration. That means you can share photos, links, videos, etc. directly to Facebook without opening the app. Third-party apps will also be able to integrate Facebook.

Enhancements to the phone app

When you get an incoming call, you have the option to set a reminder to call that person back if you're busy. You can also send him or her a pre-written text.

Do not disturb!

If you want to temporarily disable notifications, you can enable the new 'Do Not Disturb' feature. This will keep your iPhone from lighting up or buzzing when you get a new notification.

FaceTime works over 3G

At long last, you'll be able to make FaceTime calls over 3G.

Share your photos on iCloud

Now when you upload photos to your iCloud account, you'll be able to share them with your friends. Your friends will also be able comment on your photos.

The Mail app got a lot better

Now you can upload photo and video attachments to emails from within the compose window in the Mail app. You can also select certain contacts as VIPs, so their emails show up first.

New Maps app

The new Maps from Apple will feature turn-by-turn directions and a gorgeous 3D mode called Flyover. The detail is absolutely incredible.

Save articles from Safari and read them offline

Safari has a few cool new features too. You can sync your open tabs across your iOS device and Mac. You can also save articles for reading offline.

Passbook is Apple's first step into mobile payments

Passbook will be a one-stop app that stores your gift cards, aeroplane passes, and even concert or sporting event tickets. Apple will open up Passbook to developers, so expect to see a lot of brands using it soon.

New look for the App Store

The App Store is getting a big redesign. We don't have too many details on this yet, but here's a screenshot.

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