Apple will release the next version of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 6, on Sept. 19.
The Cupertino company announced the release date along with theat an event in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The iPhone 5 will come with iOS 6, while owners of older iPhones can download the new software in an over-the-air update or through iTunes. The new phone will go on sale on Sept. 21, but other device owners can download the new system earlier.
A key addition is a new Apple-created mapping app -- which. The update will also have , Apple's digital assistant, that can open apps via voice command. Another notable change is the ability to conduct Facetime video chats over a 3G cellular network, a feature that's prompted discussion .
The new system is said to haveincluding tighter Facebook integration, more phone-answering options and a Passbook app for storing boarding passes, movie tickets, and other location-based items.
The launch will mark the quickest turnaround time for development in Apple's operating system line. The iOS 5 system wasafter Apple in a four-month period.
iOS 6, on the other hand,and will be released more than three weeks earlier than its predecessor.