Right on schedule, after going through four beta versions, Apple today released iOS 6, a major and free update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6, while owners of older iOS devices can download iOS 6 software update via an over-the-air (OTA) or through iTunes.
iOS 6 is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, third- and fourth-generation iPod Touches including iPod touch 5G, iPad, iPad 2 and ‘The New iPad’ (iPad 3). As usual, users with older iOS devices remain on older versions of the system software. The build is marked as 10A405 for iPhone 5, 10A406 for iPod touch 5G and 10A403 for rest of the iOS devices.
Apple announced iOS 6 and seeded to developers at WWDC in June bringing more than 200 new features with enhancements to its digital voice assistant. Among the new features are a totally redesigned Maps app, a revamped Mail app and tight Facebook integration. iOS 6 is considered as a next generation update that enables developers to implement thousands of new APIs to take advantage of Apple’s latest technologies in their apps.
Why Should I update to iOS 6?
Siri: Coming on iPod touch and iPad - Apple has extended Siri support to the iPad and iPod Touch but specifically only on iPad (3rd generation), and iPod touch (5th generation). It can now do sports scores, stats, standings and schedules. Enhancements to data on restaurants, in-Siri reviews from Yelp, reservations and lots more. Siri knows movie theater listings, integrates with Rotten Tomatoes reviews and trailers. Siri digital assistant can even launch apps: “Play Temple Run.” With iOS 6, new languages support has been added – English/French forCanada, Spanish for Spain/Mexico/U.S., Italian, Korean.
Phone Updates: Call Me Later - With iOS 6 installed on iPhone, in addition to answering and declining a call as usual, you can now press a button to reply with a pre-defined or custom message to call them back later.
Camera: Panorama Mode - Apple SVP Philip Schiller demonstrated the feature during iPhone 5 launch. Just by swiping your iPhone vertically as you take a photo, Panorama lets you create panoramic photos. Panorama is available only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation).
Facebook: Deeper Integration - Like Twitter was integrated in iOS 5, Facebook is now tightly integrated into iOS 6. Without much hassle, you can share photos without launching a Facebook App, and your friend’s profile information is also integrated into your contacts, including their birthdays and email addresses.
FaceTime: Video Chat over 3G - FaceTime now works over cellular and unifies phone number and Apple ID. Incoming FaceTime calls to phone number can be answered on Mac as well. FaceTime over a 3G cellular network requires iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability.
New app: Passbook - It can handle tickets and boarding passes, customer loyalty/discount cards, movie ticket apps, etc. When you’re near Starbucks, card pops up. Cards are live too and if airline gate changes, virtual boarding pass will alert you.
Why Shouldn’t I update to iOS 6?
Jailbreak developer, BigBoss has called the latest iOS 6 mobile operating system as ‘a total dud’ which is more like an incremental update iOS 5.1.2 rather than a feature-rich upgrade. Since Apple has removed YouTube and Google maps, jailbreakers have two more reasons not to update their jailbroken iOS devices to iOS 6. Those who inadvertently update will get Apple maps with no street view, no transit directions.
iPhone unlockers and those preserving their unlockable basebands ‘must’ stay away from installing the iOS 6 update. Since most of the jailbroken applications and apple’s official apps are still not supported; it is advisable to stay away from the update. Unlocker and jailbreakers are advised to save 5.1.1 SHSH blobs. Once 5.1.1 stops being signed, you will NOT be able to downgrade from 6.0.
iOS 6 direct download links:
- iPod Touch 5G (iPod5,1) 6.0 (10A406)
- iPod Touch 4G (iPod4,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPhone 5 (Verizon) (iPhone5,2) 6.0 (10A405)
- iPhone 5 (AT&T) (iPhone5,1) 6.0 (10A405)
- iPhone 3GS (iPhone2,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPhone 4 (AT&T) (iPhone3,2) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPhone 4 (Verizon) (iPhone3,3) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPhone 4S (iPhone4,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 2 (AT&T) (iPad2,2) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 2 (Verizon) (iPad2,3) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad2,4 (iPad2,4) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 3 (AT&T) (iPad3,2) 6.0 (10A403)
- iPad 3 (Verizon) (iPad3,3) 6.0 (10A403)