Just a couple of days ago, we told you Apple was “adding the finishing touches” to turn-by-turn navigation for Australian iPhones. The news came somewhat indirectly from Apple’s Scott Forstall, who noted in an email sent to one Australian Apple fan that the Cupertino, Calif. company was making some minor adjustments to the Maps navigation feature, before making it available to Australians in iOS 6.

Now, it seems we have a date for the launch of turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6 for Australia, and a number of other countries. Over at Apple’s “iOS 6 Feature Availability” webpage, Apple notes that turn-by-turn navigation for the Maps app will launch in October for Australia, Egypt, Thailand and more:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Egypt
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

As we originally reported, changes to the Maps app in iOS 6 are indeed major:

The Maps app [...] has been rebuilt from the ground up. No longer powered by Google Maps, the iOS 6 Maps application features a 3-D mapping feature, and of course, turn-by-turn navigation. Both can be enabled from within the Maps app quickly and easily, and work great on an iOS 6-powered iDevice. It’s really exciting to see such an integral application gain new features and further improvements, and we can’t wait for the public launch of iOS 6.

It’s clearly good news for residents of the above countries that turn-by-turn navigation will launch in October. You can check out the full list of iOS 6 feature compatibilities over at Apple’s website.

Thanks Ben for the tip!