Apple has provided a deeper look into its upcoming iOS 6 mobile platform release.
Speaking at the company's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC,) Apple executives said that the update will include a new mapping platform and an expansion of the Siri personal assistant.
The mapping system, which was designed by Apple engineers to replace the mobile version of Google Maps currently offered on iOS, will include 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation as well as traffic data and alerts.
Other new features planned for the update include the ability to import Facebook information to the phone's contact list and support for electronic ticketing systems though an application called Passbook.
Powering the iOS update will be an expanded Siri system. The voice-activated platform was introduced in the iOS 5 release and has since become the focal point of the iPhone platform. The company said that the update will include the ability to open applications via Siri voice commands.
The iOS 6 update will also bring Siri to the new iPad.
"iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device," said Apple iOS software senior vice president Scott Forstall.
"We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app."
The company said that the update is due to arrive this Autumn, likely with the release of the next iPhone, which has been reportedly targeted for the same time frame.
While the iOS 6 update headlined the address, Apple also gave details on a refresh for its MacBook Pro and Air lines. The company said that the high-end notebook models would be refreshed with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors as well as updated Nvidia graphics hardware.
For the MacBook Pro, the update will also bring the introduction of the Retina display. Originally introduced in the iPhone, the Retina display has since been expanded to the iPad as well. The ultra-high resolution display is said by Apple to produce image clarity which surpasses the vision limits of the human eye.
Mike McGuire, a research vice president with analyst firm Gartner, told V3 that the addition of the Retina display to the MacBook line was a natural progression for Apple.
"I think it was mostly about availability of the Retina display," McGuire said.
"When they saw the first prototypes of the display in the iPad, they were thinking how they could get it into the notebooks and eventually the iMac."
Users who purchase the new MacBooks and other Apple systems will be eligible to receive a free update to OS X Mountain Lion, which the company plans to release in July through its Mac App Store service.
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