iOS 6 is here


Apple released its 6th major update for their mobile operating system this week. iOS 6 rolled out on Wednesday for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

While there was some frustration from developers, the good news is the features Apple is bringing to the table:

  • A brand new app for Maps
  • Enhancements to Siri
  • Deep integration with Facebook
  • Passbook: a new app that stores boarding passes, movie tickets, and the like
  • 3G Facetime
  • VIP lists so you never miss an important email
  • Social photo streaming: a new way to share memories
  • Panoramic photos from your phone or iPod touch

Following the precedence set with previous updates, Apple is making this version available as an over the air (OTA) download. It’s best to set this up overnight because the download and updating process takes a few hours. If you prefer to update using iTunes, that option is also available.

What you need to do:

  1. Download iTunes 10.7, the latest version. This download adds iOS6 compatibility to your software.
  2. Back up photos and important files. Don’t depend on iCloud for your all- encompassing security- have a back up plan, so to speak.
  3. Copy your contacts and calendars onto your Mac or PC.
  4. Plug in your computer or mobile device. These updates are large (more than 500MB per device), so having a stream of power is a good idea before you start the process.

Though Apple has a solid reputation for quality OTA updates, you should still be prepared if problems arise. The longer you wait to update, the more likely any present bugs will be fixed. If you don’t have to have the update yesterday, waiting a few hours may be a good idea.