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New iOS 6 features demoed at iPhone 5 launch

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During the iPhone 5 launch, Apple's Phil Schiller bigged-up a number of features we'll get to enjoy in the upcoming iOS update. We can hardly wait.

Tonight's iPhone 5 launch event is mostly about hardware, but there are a lot of neat extras to show off in the phone's iOS 6 software too. Apple has talked about most of them before, but this is the first time we've had a chance to see them in action.

Perhaps the most useful for many, Facebook integration has been upped hugely - you won't just have to rely on the Facebook app any more. The network is now seamlessly integrated into the notifications menu, letting you tweet or post to Facebook directly from the menu. Social integration has made it into the Photo Stream app too, letting you upload piccies very quickly.

The Maps app has also been given a complete overhaul. This is something seen previously at WWDC, but is tasty nevertheless. Get up close with the terrain and you can switch to a 3D view that uses satellite imagery to give a very lifelike look at nearby buildings. And, of course, it offers full turn-by-turn navigation. There are over 100 million points of interest logged in Apple's servers.

Siri has gotten a lot cleverer too, incorporating knowledge about movies, and other such more in-depth info.

iOS 6 is coming to iPhones 3GS or newer, the iPad 2 and new iPad, and iPod touches of 4th generation or newer. We'll take a closer look at iOS 6 soon, but for now, just soak in that iPhone 5 goodness.

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