Apple has just officially released iOS 6. The download just started for me!
iOS 6 is compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPod Touch (4th gen)
- iPod Touch (5th gen)
- iPad 2
- The new iPad (I still hate that name)
To install the new iOS 6 you just follow these steps (you need iTunes 10.7 for this, to upgrade read after the iOS instructions):
- Connect your device via USB to your computer (at this point it may prompt you for an upgrade, go for it)
- Open iTunes (if it doesn’t open already)
- Click on your device below “devices“
- Click on the “Summary” tab up top
- Click on “Check for Update“
- On your iOS device
- Software Update
If you don’t get the update, you probably still have an earlier version of iTunes. Only iTunes 10.7 supports the new iOS 6.
To upgrade iTunes to 10.7:
- Open iTunes
- Click on the Help menu
- click “Check for Updates” in the Help menu
Some nice features in iOS 6
This is either a “nice” feature or a frustration, but there is a new Maps app. It is no longer powered by Google. Google is supposed to release their maps app in the App Store shortly.
Apple’s new maps app will feature city flyovers, turn by turn navigation (spoken directions), and new maps.
Of course almost everything has changed about the app since it’s no longer Google’s map app. Some problems are the lack of traffic and transit information internationally. I’m sure Apple will work on that in the coming year.
Siri will now be supported by the “new iPad”, and will feature some new capabilities.
Siri will now be able to give you sports scores, open your apps, post facebook updates / tweets, get restaurant and movie information.
Facebook will be integrated into the device, just as Twitter has been.
The coolest feature to me (who rarely shares anything on facebook) is the ability to link to someone’s Facebook account, and have their contact information updated in your contacts list when they do so.
It’s also nice that your Facebook events will be integrated into your calendars (not sure if this includes exchange calendars?).
Shared Photo Streams!
If you’re like me, then your wife takes all the pictures and you have only the ones she asks you to take. She just has a lower threshold for a “photo” moment than I do.
You can select which photos and who to share them with. There are some social features (commenting, etc) but I’m not too interested in that. FB controls that.
Passbook – your tickets in your phone
I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I’m sure adoption won’t be quick, but your iPhone / iPad / iOS device will now hold your tickets, coupons, boarding passes, and everything else I’m sure, all in your Passbook. I may not need my Flight Tracker apps from now on (iOS will alert you to gate changes).
When you are nearby a facility (such as an airport) near the time of your flight, your tickets will show on your lock screen or easy access (and cut down those lines).
I want to travel just to use it.
Why upgrade everything on your phone, except for the phone?
iOS 6 will enable you to reply to incoming calls by sending messages quickly (such as “I’ll call you later”, “I’m on my way”, etc). You can also get reminders about the call in an hour, when you leave your location, when you get home, or when you get to work.
Do Not Disturb will also let you block all incoming calls and notifications unless they are in a special list / group (you can specify who can get through DND).
Oh, and Panoroma
There’s going to be wider pictures showing up on FaceBook now. Your iPhone can take panorama photos now.
So much more..
There’s still tons of upgrades in iOS 6. I didn’t mention them because they either on’t interest me, but there are tons of upgrades. Check the official list of “what’s new” in iOS 6.