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iOS 6, Apple's latest mobile operating system, is believed to be released together with the iPhone 5 which, reportedly, is due to be out on September 12.
Various media agencies cited a "source familiar with the plan" and added that once released, the product would eventually make it on store shelves by September 21.
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Thus, it is very reasonable that Apple pairs what some are already calling the "biggest handset launch in history" with a brand new operating system.
It is not clear, however, whether Apple will release the iOS 6 upgrade on the same day the product is unveiled or if it'll wait for the day the iPhone 5 hits retailers or a considerable time after it is purchasable (the third option is more likely when considering that the upgrade will be free and Apple will privilege iPhone 5 buyers with the exclusivity of the OS).
Clear it is, however, that Apple announced the iOS 6 for this fall, meaning that it'll inevitably be out between the dates of September 22 and December 20.
The iOS 6 will be supported throughout various Apple products including:
The new iPad
iPod touch 4th Generation
In this next iteration, Apple will be getting rid of some apps ubiquitous to all current iPhones - Google Maps and Youtube. Google Maps will be replaced by Apple's own Map App which will include Flyover - a 3D mapping system that creates photographic three-dimensional satellite views over cities, and functions similar to other standard navigating system. Don't count on Street View to be available, however.
The photos in following slideshow can also be viewed at Apple.com. They are snapshots of just how the iOS 6's new features (Maps, Passbook, the Phone, Photo Stream, etc.) will look in your iPad, iPhone or iPod.