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Pics: This is what it will be like to use the iPhone 5

A beta version of iOS 6 has been released to developers and is expected to be launched fully on Apple’s latest update to its smartphone range.

NOW THAT WE officially know Apple will unveil the iPhone 5 to the world on 12 September, we’re still stuck with another week of rumours and speculation.

But! There are some things we know for certain, such as what Apple plans to do with iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones and iPads that will likely launch along with the iPhone 5.

Apple released a beta version of iOS 6 to developers this summer, which we had a chance to play around with. For beta software, it’s actually incredibly stable, so you can get a good idea what it’ll be like when the final product launches this fall. Check out our screenshot tour below to see what’s new.

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  • Here's the home screen. It looks just like it did before.

  • You'll notice a few changes in the main Settings menu. First of all, you can toggle Bluetooth on and off right up front.

  • There's also a handy "Do Not Disturb" switch. This feature makes it so your phone doesn't buzz or light up when you get a new notification.

  • There are also some advanced privacy settings. This menu will help you control what apps have access to your information.

  • Apple added Facebook integration to iOS. Let's sign in!

  • When you sign in to Facebook, you can sync your calendar events, photos, contacts, and favorite apps.

  • You can also send a tweet or Facebook update from the Notification Center. Let's try a Facebook post.

  • Type in your text, and tap "Post" to send to Facebook.

  • Apple completely redesigned the Maps app in iOS.

  • Neat! Our Facebook birthdays calendar loaded to the Calendar app.

  • Passbook is a new app that lets you make payments with gift cards. It also stores tickets to concerts, sporting events, and travel. Since we're using a beta product, there's no way to test Passbook right now.

  • The App Store got a major refresh. It's gorgeous.

  • Here's the new sharing page for websites. You can share links on Twitter, Facebook, and even Weibo. (Weibo is the "Twitter of China")

  • Type your message and your link will post to your Facebook account.

  • You can also store articles to read offline later.

  • The new Mail app has a few tweaks too. Let's check them out...

  • See that little star next to the name? That means a VIP is sending us a message.

  • You can set certain contacts as "VIPs," so their messages will appear in a separate inbox. This is good for the people you talk to often.

  • We set Dylan as one of our VIPs. Let's see what happens when he sends an email...

  • You can also upload a photo or video directly to a message. Tap and hold the empty space, then tap the arrows over to "Insert Photo or Video"

  • You now have new options when getting a call. Swipe the phone icon on the right to see what's new...

  • You can auto-reply with a text message or set a reminder to call the person back later. Let's send a message.

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