Let’s break the silence and go wild partying… yeah? Bad news guys: the party is already over! And if you are joining me now, then congratulations — you are late to the party as well!
I know it has already been a month since Apple announced the new iOS 6 firmware, and for some mysterious reason I was not able to write about iOS 6. Don’t ask me why, but you can expect regular updates starting today though.
Besides the iOS 6 download links, below you will find answers to some of the common questions on Apple’s latest firmware.
What are the features of iOS 6?
Although Apple pushed hundreds of new features into iOS 6, don’t expect the OS to bring “revolutionary” changes to the table. There are, however, minor changes and improvements that may force you to upgrade. Some noteworthy iOS 6 features include: Facebook and Twitter integration, new Siri that is supposedly smarter, Apple’s very own Maps app, a new iTunes interface.
Should I pay to upgrade to iOS 6?
Apple announced the stable version of iOS 6 on September 19th, 2012. Anyone can download iOS 6 firmware on their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. And yes, iOS 6 is free to download — there’s absolutely no need to pay anything.
Will iOS 6 support my iPhone model?
If you are using iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, you can always upgrade to iOS 6. Other iPhone handsets (the older ones, that is) will not be able to update to this firmware. Note: Apple iPhone 5 is already shipped with iOS 6.
Will iOS 6 support my iPod Touch and iPad?
Only the iPod Touch 4th generation device (launched in 2010 and 2011) can be upgraded to iOS 6. Even the new iPad and iPad 2 can run iOS 6. Rest of the devices — iPod Touch 2G/3G, iPad 2 — will have to stay with their current iOS version.
Can I use Google Maps on iOS 6?
Although Google is working on bringing Google Maps to iOS 6, we still have to wait for some time. For those who don’t know yet, iOS 6 doesn’t come with Google Maps, but there’s a new Apple Maps app designed by Apple which includes turn-by-turn navigation and 3D view.
Should I backup before upgrading to iOS 6?
There’s no need to backup data before updating to iOS 6. However, to be on the safer side, you can always use iCloud to backup and restore data. You can also backup through iTunes. For those who are using jailbroken device, it is possible to backup Cydia settings using Aptbackup.
Note that iOS 6 jailbreak is available only for a couple of devices. iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users may want to check our previous article on iOS 6 jailbreak to learn more. So think twice before upgrading.
There are several download links available for iOS 6, but don’t just go ahead and download any file. Stay away from the iOS 6.0 alpha and beta versions. Go ahead and download only the stable version of iOS 6 using the following ways:
Apple iTunes 10.7 must be installed on your computer (Windows or Mac). If you have the new iTunes, connect your iPhone (4S/4/3GS), iPod Touch (4G/5G), iPad (2012 and 2011 model) to the computer to install the iOS 6.0 update.
You can also download iOS 6 using OTA (Over-the-air). From your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. To be able to download and install iOS 6, you must be connected to either 3G or WiFi.
Here are the direct download links to the iOS 6 firmware. These IPSW files, once downloaded, can be installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch through iTunes. All the links are working just fine and are pulled directly from the Apple server.
Have you upgraded to iOS 6 yet? Do you like the new interface? Hate it? Whatever it is, do let us know through your comments below!