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It’s improving Siri, which is supposed to get better at fielding questions about movies, restaurants and other things. Apple is partnering with OpenTable Inc. to make reservations, for instance.

The new software also has a better tie-in with Facebook. You can talk to Siri to post a status update, for instance.

And Facetime video calls will work over cellular networks for the first time. It had been limited to Wi-Fi connections.

The new phone will come in black and white.

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As previously announced, Apple is releasing a new version of its phone software, iOS 6. It will have new mapping software, as Apple ditches the one from Google it had been using. The new software will have turn-by-turn voice navigation _ a feature Google had limited to Android versions of its mapping app.

Apple says the phone’s virtual assistant, Siri, will be giving the directions.

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The new iPhone has three microphones instead of two. They are located on the back, the front and the bottom. It also comes with a noise-cancelling earpiece for better sound.

One big change: The iPhone is getting a new connector to attach to computers and chargers. It had been using the same one from the iPod. Schiller says the old connector has “served us well for nearly a decade, but so much has changed.”

That means the new iPhone won’t be compatible with old accessories, though Schiller says accessory makers are already working to update their products. Apple will sell an adapter to work with older accessories.

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