Apple’s iOS 6 is finally here
Apple’s latest OS for the iPhone, Ipad, and Ipod Touch has finally arrived. Apple began allowing downloads for the much anticipated new mobile operating system at 10am PST/1PM EST. The new software boasts a long list of new features, fixes, and wish list items.
To download the software from your computer you must first install the latest version of iTunes version 10. There is also the option to download the and install the software over the air by going to settings, general, then software update on your device. The over the air download is a recent and convenient addition to the device not requiring a hardwired connection to your computer.
If you haven’t backed up in a while now is a good time and as excited, as I was to download and test the new software, this was an absolute necessity considering it had been a while since I had synced my iPhone. Backing up went smooth but took some time to back up all of the apps I had downloaded.
The new OS has some notable and controversial features namely the new Maps feature. This feature will provide turn-by-turn navigation (depending on your device). iOS6 is compatible with phones from 3GS and up but not all features are compatible; for instance turn-by-turn navigation is only available on the 4S and above which is a short list of compatibility.
Apple nixed the google map integration for this release partnering with Tom Tom and Waze, which has some early reporters stating the navigation and maps are not up to par with the previous Google integration. Reports on the OS in general however are very good with most touting an overall faster and better experience.
For a list of new features visit Apple’s site.