Apple iOS 6 Will Come To The iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, And iPad 3 Starting Next Week

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After the launch of its new iPhone 5 smartphone, Apple quickly announced that it will gradually roll out iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to older iPhone models starting 19 September.

This the tech giant’s indirect way of saying that iOS 6 is backward compatible to the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, along with the second- and third-generation Apple iPads.

Announced at its WWDC back in June, iOS 6 brings more than 200 new features to Apple devices.

One of the most important additions is Apple’s new in-house mapping software, which comes with complete mapping data from leading navigation system provider TomTom, turn-by-turn navigation, and 3D views of buildings.

Another major improvement is Siri, which now adds support for the company’s latest tablet, the iPad 3.

The intelligent personal voice assistant now comes with location data for recommendations on bars and other nearby hangouts, movie and sports data, and the ability to interact with open iOS apps.

The software upgrade also includes software tune-ups such as support for FaceTime over 3G, Passbook, Facebook integration, iCloud Tabs in Safari, and an improved iMessage service.

Apple’s iOS 6 will be available for free download from 19 September,

It is still unclear which features will work perfectly on previous iPhone versions, especially if we put older hardware components into the equation.

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