iOS 6 Now Available for Download Over the Air or via iTunes, Users Rejoice
Today is September 19th and just 2 days before the iPhone 5 launch date! But you can start enjoying much of the iPhone 5 experience today with the official release of iOS 6.
iOS 6 is available to download directly to your iPhone or iPad starting at 10 AM Pacific Standard Time. Simply update your iOS over the air by going to Settings->General->Software Update to start the download. Alternatively you can use iTunes for Mac/PC to download iOS 6 to your computer and then sync with your device.
iPhone (3GS and newer only) and iPad (iPad 2 and newer only) users will be able to download the newest iOS with a bevy of features that have the masses pretty excited. While not much new has been added since iOS 6 was first previewed months back, there is still plenty to be excited about.
Maps has undergone a complete overhaul, with 3D imaging and turn-by-turn navigation included natively. Apple partnered up with TomTom—the popular GPS company that is surely feeling the squeeze from all the smartphone GPS apps available—to bring improved navigation and routes to the iPhone. 3D Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation are restricted to iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, and New iPad (3rd generation)
Attempting to take on Google Wallet, Apple will release Passbook, a sort of all-in-one application that will house your data for credit cards, rewards cards for various stores and companies, as well as airplane tickets. For those who are always on the go and don’t want to have to worry about keeping track of so many items, especially when it comes to air travel, Passbook will be a boon.
Siri gets smarter with sports and movies statistics. Ask Siri a sports or movie related question and it will provide you with useful information. It also adds Yelp, Open Table, Facebook and Twitter integration. But best of all, we love the idea of launching apps with Siri. Siri will also be available on the iPad. But unfortunately it will be restricted only to the New iPad (3rd generation)
Twitter has been baked into iOS for some time now, and it was only a matter of time when that OTHER social network known as Facebook would get similar treatment. With native integration, you’ll be able to post photos and videos from anywhere, as well as post from Notification Center.
FaceTime Over Cellular
The longer it’s been around, the more people have been finding a wonderful use of FaceTime, but it has been limited to its inability to be used on anything other than a WiFi connection. That’s no more, as now you’ll be able to use FaceTime over a 3G connection (unless your carrier is restricting it *cough* AT&T *cough*). Facetime over cellular is only available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad (3rd gen)
There are plenty other new features—over 200, in fact—to enjoy, so set your calendars and get ready for the update. As always, be smart about it and make sure you have a recent back up, as anything can happen when updating your device.