iOS 6 is official. Lookie-loos loitering outside the San Francisco venue for this week's Applefest WWDC have spotted banners bearing the iOS 6 name, confirming we'll see the next generation of iPhone and iPad software unveiled tonight.
Developer Steve Streza of article aggregation app Pocket (formerly Read It Later) sent snaps of the banner to MacStories.net. Apple is preparing the banner at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco, the traditional home of fruit-flavoured launches -- at least until they move to the purpose-built underground auditorium in the planned new frisbie-shaped Apple HQ.
Other banners spied in the Moscone Centre trumpet Messages, Notification Center, and Game Center for Mac, suggesting we could see updates to these core apps.
WWDC kicks off at 7pm this evening -- 11am in San Francisco -- so keep it CNET for all the up-to-the-minute news, photos and first impressions.
Major changes in iOS 6 are expected to include a new look, new Facebook sharing features built-in, and features borrowed from desktop software Mountain Lion. But the biggest change is likely to be Apple's Maps app, ditching Google Maps for an own-branded cartographical outing on the iPhone and iPad. The new mapping app is expected to include turn-by-turn navigation and flashy 3D effects.
What changes would you like to see in Messages, Notification Center and Game Center? What else would you like to see in iOS 6? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page -- and come back this evening to get all the latest.
Update: iOS 6 has indeed been unveiled! Watch our video for more.