iOS 6 officially released for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touchAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
When Apple introduced the iPhone 5 a week ago, it said that iOS 6 would be released to the public on September 19, a couple of days ahead of the retail debut of its new handset. My page-a-day calendar has confirmed that today is indeed September 19, and as expected, Apple has indeed made iOS 6 available for download. The update is can be installed on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, new iPad and the fourth-generation iPod touch by plugging into iTunes and hitting "Check for Update" or by heading into Settings > General > Software Update on your iDevice of choice.
iOS 6 brings with it several new features for iOS fans to check out. One of the biggest changes involves Maps, which is now Apple's own app rather than the Google-based version found in previous versions of iOS. Also included is Apple's Passbook app for storing things like loyalty cards and boarding passes, Facebook integration, Siri improvements and the ability to make FaceTime calls over a cellular connection. Not all of the features found in iOS 6 will be available to all devices. For example, flyover and turn-by-turn navigation in the Maps app can only be used on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, new iPad and fifth-generation iPod touch. Even without every new whizbang feature, though, iOS 6 is likely worth installing, if only for the sake of app compatibility. If you've got one of the iOS 6-capable devices, be sure to give us a shout once you get the update installed!