Apple updates Turn-by-Turn Navigation in iOS 6 – coming to Australia in October

Macworld Australia Staff
15 September, 2012
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In the lead up to the release of  iOS 6 on September 19, Apple has updated its website, indicating that Turn-by-Turn Navigation capabilities in its Maps app will now be made available to Australians from October.

Following Thursday’s iPhone 5 media event, an iOS 6  checklist on the Apple website listed features of the new mobile operating system, and to which locations these services would be made available to. Originally, Australia was not included as one of the countries supported by Maps’ Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

Since then, MacTalk forum member @tomwazere discovered an update in which Apple identified Australia as one of the locations to receive the feature in October.

During the company’s iPhone 5 press event on Thursday, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced the September 19 release of iOS 6, after which Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall took to the the stage to provide a brief demonstration of some of the new features coming to Apple’s mobile operating system. including the Maps app.

Apple's Scott Forstall demonstrates Maps' new Turn-by-Turn Navigation feature at the iPhone 5 event on Thursday

The new Maps system, featuring vector-based maps, satellite imagery, free turn-by-turn directions, points of interest displayed inline on the map and new 3D Flyover locations including Sydney, San Francisco, London and Boston.

iOS 6 will be free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, along with the second- and third-generation iPads. It will also ship on the newly announced iPhone 5.



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  1. Dale says:

    Gosh guys -this wonderful feature has already been available in an amazing app called Metroview. You dont need 3g to constantly download maps becasue the whole of Australia in IN THE APP! I recently went all over Tassie seeing the winding road ahead with my trusty Iphone4 glued to my windscreen in a trusty Nokia suction mount. Ive been enjoying voice “turn right turn left, speed cameras, speed alerts, speedo mode and heaps more -WITHOUT any 3d coverage -works like a charm but you do need to mount it on the windscreen where it can be in line of sight with the GPS satellites. For a once off fee of $20 its definitely the best app Ive ever bought -many like it more than Tom Tom thats much dearer. No Im not the writiers mate! Be careful though it can put you on some routes that go along goat tracks -check the whole route before you leave.

  2. Andy says:

    Any more info on this feature. It’s now mid October and still no sign of it.

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