“(MoneyWatch) Today’s the day: Apple’s (AAPL) latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, is available for your existing iPhones and iPads. (If you want iOS 6 wrapped in a shiny new iPhone 5, you’ll still have to wait until September 21.)
But what exactly is under the hood? Is iOS 6 worth the time and trouble (no cost; it’s free) to install if you don’t have a faster processor and larger screen to take advantage of the flashier features? Here’s a roundup of all the most interesting stuff Apple packed into the new iPhone operating system — read it and then decide for yourself:
New maps. Perhaps the biggest news is that Apple has implemented its own mapping software and given Google Maps the boot. Industry competition aside, this is a pretty nice deal for iPhone users, since Apple’s map app includes free turn-by-turn driving directions — a first for the iPhone. That said, Apple’s maps aren’t as polished as Google’s (GOOG) offerings, with the search giant having about a decade head start in this arena. ”
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