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iOS 6 available tomorrow, preparation and features: Update

Under: Apple iPhone, Phone Software
By:Debbie Turner | September 18th, 2012

At the Apple event last week we not only saw the reveal of the iPhone 5 but just as importantly for many we learned that the iOS 6 release would take place on September 19 and of course we are now only one day away. It’s a massive week for Apple as two days after the updated operating system arrives we’ll also see the new iPhone hit the shelves. In preparation for iOS 6 becoming available tomorrow we thought we’d give you some tips on preparation and some details on the new features.

A week ago before we had details of the launch of iOS 6 we gave readers some advice on what to do during the countdown in preparation for the download. We now have some further updated information for you as for instance at that time you needed to make sure you had the latest iTunes 10.6.3 but this has now changed to iTunes 10.7. Firstly we’ll give you a list of the iOS devices that you’ll be able to update to iOS 6 and they are the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3 (new iPad) and iPod touch 4G (the iPhone 5 will launch running iOS 6).

Moving on to preparations for the iOS 6 upgrade you should firstly head to Settings>General>Restrictions to disable restrictions on whichever compatible iOS device you want updated to ensure it syncs with the computer. It’s then a good idea to remove anything you no longer want or need on the device such as apps, music and videos to free up extra space for the update. Next it’s very important to back up your device just in case something goes wrong during the updating process.

You can also use this preparation time to organize your apps into folders and have a general tidy up plus you’ll also need to make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your device, which is 10.7. If you haven’t you can download and install it from the Apple website or check manually for the update by checking iTunes>Check for Updates (Mac) or Help>Check for Updates (Windows).

As for iOS 6 features there are a multitude of new features, improvements and changes, over 200 of them in total. While we cannot list every single one of them here we have been giving information about many things iOS 6 has to offer so you can check out some of our previous posts here. To give you some idea though we’ll remind you of some of the highlights of iOS 6. One of the most significant changes is a move from Google Maps to Apple’s own Maps application featuring turn-by-turn navigation. There are also big improvements to Siri, the voice assistant that has now got even smarter and is also compatible with Apple Maps. Other additions to Siri include the ability to post messages to Facebook and Twitter or launch apps with your voice.

There’s much more too, including Facebook integration, added Phone features, Passbook, custom e-mail alerts, Reminders badges, optimization of Find My Friends, improvements to Bluetooth and also the ability to update apps without having to enter your Apple ID password, a bugbear to many and something that will certainly be welcomed. In fact there are so many enhancements for iOS 6 that if you want to check out more then head to Apple here for a full rundown.

One more thing we want to mention is our page for iOS 6 problems and discussions. Hardly an iOS update day goes by without some hitches or issues so we’ve created a place (link above) where readers can ask questions and discuss anything about iOS 6. Hopefully there won’t be any problems but one thing to bear in mind is that there will be millions of people frantically trying to update tomorrow and the servers will take an almighty bashing. This often leads to download problems so we would suggest you might like to skip getting the iOS 6 upgrade tomorrow and try it the day after when the initial rush on the update button has subsided a little.

We’ll be following all of the iOS 6 developments tomorrow and will, of course, bring you any notable news as we hear it. In the meanwhile we’d like to hear from readers. Are you eagerly waiting for iOS 6? What new feature are you most looking forward to using? Let us know with your comments.

UPDATE: We believe that iOS 6 will be available from 6PM UK time, this is what historically happens anyway. So here is your worldwide times right here.

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  • Tamir

    Best feature is the option to send a “not free” text if a person calls whilst you are busy or in a class/meeting :) I couldnt understand why they didnt have it in ios5 ….

    • sara

      definitley

  • Christoforos Charalambous

    Thanks so much for the update. Every day, I check for this update. I have got an iPad 3! Thanks again.

  • Jacob Deluca

    I can’t wait to try passbook. Although will it work offline as I have an iPod touch?
    Also the facebook integration and the maps although supposedly not 3d on iPod touch

    • Malachy Ty

      Only on 5g iPod will it work offline!

      • Jacob Deluca

        ohh not 4g thats the one i have :(

  • Gokulmedico

    I am eagerly waiting for fb integeration ,VIP mail box,attachments,uploading photos in safari!!!

  • Gokulmedico

    Tell me the exact Indian time when do I get ios6 update?

    • Acdo

      where are your manners?

      • EDL

        Hes from india, Rats have more manners.

        • Bobby

          Wow

          • Kerpal

            Now you tell him time you barstead guy. You tell him damn right!

        • Nigha

          I got my manners but the rats are in ur mom’s butthole

          • Anil Beads

            You got your manners from Kerpal’s mother’s butthole? Why, that’s disgusting you far king guy.

  • Sasha Seaton

    Will it be in Australia Tommorow?

    • Apple:)!!

      Yes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.norris.313924 John Norris

    New charger socket sucks, can’t use my fatman amp with it.

  • 417appleeater

    Face time w/out needing wifi will be nice, the update as a whole will be welcome

    • Lucas

      FaceTime is also going to be working over 3G and LTE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ratchet2050 Bikram Chatterjee

    Most of the features aren’t available in most of the countries

  • http://www.facebook.com/ratchet2050 Bikram Chatterjee

    I only liked the avaibility of Siri in iPad but still most of the features of Siri is also not available in India

  • Steve

    Looking forward to the Fb integration new iTunes and the passbook. Would have said the update to siri but I do not have a 4s phone or iPad.

  • Dylan Cooze

    Would it be in United kingdom tomorrow? and what time?

    • Apple:)!!

      Yes it wil be worldwide!!! But I dont know the time!

  • Dylan Cooze

    LOLAGE Never mind this is a british site :D

  • Marcus

    doest it come directly at 12pm?

    • Apple:)!!

      I hope so!! :)

  • ggg

    vunt

    • lll

      llllllllllllloooollllll

  • Bruneian4s

    When will it be in Brunei?

  • bergur

    what about erope when will it be avalibule in erope

    • Mikhail

      i hope so

  • http://www.facebook.com/nic.blaney Nic Blaney

    What timee will the update be out?

  • headers

    but if everyone left it a day to calm down then everyone wud get stuck on day 2 of downloading it so i say just go for it first come first served shudnt be a problem with my 80MB Broadband

  • http://www.facebook.com/crummett Mark Crummett

    dont need to worry about itunes surely. just do it over the air

  • Zeyd

    Will Siri be available for the iPod touch 4g?

    • Mikhail

      nope :’( i have an ipod touch 4g also…

  • Lucas

    What time is it coming in Montreal?

  • Brian Berdonde

    Bello, I’m just enquiring in regards to IOS 6 being available in the UK? Brian is very upset that he can’t update his iPhone! I’d love some help. From Brian Berdonde, Bankyou.

  • Syd

    Why is Siri not on iPad 2 PLEASE TELL ME WHY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kitty

    Why isn’t Siri On ITouch 4th Generation???? I Thought it was then I Got all excited and its NOT!!!! Please Make that in Update 6.1 That it can Be Fr ITouch 4G

  • anonymous

    no need for updating. i already have my iphone 5 and it’s iOS 6 :p

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