Last week Apple released long-awaited iPhone5 accompanied by new version of iOS.

 

One of the biggest additions to iOS 6 is Facebook integration that will work much like Twittter integration added in iOS5 - simply log into your account in the iOS settings and share to Facebook from Maps, Safari, Calendar and many other apps. Facebook events are integrated into Calendar and your Facebook friends’ profile information is integrated into Contacts, so when they update an email address or phone number you automatically stay up to date. This version adds over 200 new features including new Maps, Siri improvements, Passbook and new FaceTime working with cellular network. You don't need an iPhone5 to be able to use those features, new iOS is also available for the older devices: iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPod Touch (4th and 5th generation), iPad 2 and the new iPad.It’s free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on any of those. Your experience of iOS 6 will depend on device you have, because not all features are supported on older devices. For example Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation is not available for the iPhone 3G/4, and Siri on the iPad 2.

New iOS been largely well-received—in all but one respect: the new Maps app. Complaints about Maps have ranged from misplaced landmarks to missing towns and melted bridges. New Maps don't have very good local business or public transport data compared to old Google version. BBC News posted an article about the new Maps' failings. If you find new Maps misleading or just prefer old version there are numerous posts how to access Google maps using Safari.

iOS 6 also adds new calling features, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder when you can't take a call. There's also a Do Not Disturb option that turns off notifications and calls, you can also set up Do Not Disturb to operate on a schedule — like when you’re sleeping, or early in the morning.

For most users upgrading will add some exciting new features but for users of older devices loosing Street View and not being able to use Flyover in new maps may put them off from making this decision.