We’re all itching to see what iOS 6 has in store for our iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, and we’re expecting Apple’s keynote address at WWDC next week to provide the first look at the new update. But the software could already be out in the wild. One YouTuber has published a three-minute video in which a purported iOS 6 beta is shown off for the first time.
Some of its features include new “iStore” and Dictionary apps, improvements to Spotlight search and the Maps app, enhancements to multitasking, and more.
The clip was published by YouTube user JakeTechWizard. It’s unclear at this point whether it is indeed genuine, and there’s a very good chance that it isn’t, so please bear that in mind. But it seems a pretty convincing fake, and all of the changes demonstrated certainly seem like plausible features for iOS 6.
The beta apparently comes with build number 10B24, and from the home screen, you wouldn’t necessarily notice it’s any different to iOS 5. However, this particular iOS release is claimed to bring Siri to other iOS devices — including the iPod touch, as you’ll see in the video. It also features a new “iStore” app, which has the App Store and iTunes marketplaces rolled into one.
There’s also a new Dictionary app, similar to that built into Mac OS X, and some improvements to Maps. As expected, Google Maps are no longer present, and new features include voice directions, and dedicated zoom buttons for when you cannot use fingers to pinch — like when you’re driving.
Multitasking has also been enhanced a little, allowing you to quickly switch between apps in both portrait and landscape mode. Finally, you can also make instant calculations and quickly find definitions simply by typing them into Spotlight search.
Once again, we can’t stress enough that this video could easily be a fake. It’s from an unknown source with no proven track record, and anyone who already has access to iOS 6 would be under a strict NDA from Apple, which means there’s no chance they’d be showing it off in YouTube videos that also include their name.