Apple iOS 6 released today for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

by Dale Wright

Apple released the latest update to its iOS operating system last night, and many of our blog readers have already got their mitts on the new update. If you haven’t yet updated your device, now’s the time to plug it into iTunes and download iOS 6, the latest software update.


So what are the big changes to iOS 6?

First of all, you probably already know that the Maps app has been completely replaced. The new Maps app relies on data from Apple and TomTom rather than Google, so the maps look a little bit different. Some of the more advanced features are only available on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, plus the iPad 3 and iPod touch.
Apple Maps

The Find Friends location app also has an improved layout which shows your friends’ locations on a new map layout. Social networking support is also better, with the ability to send tweets and status updates to Twitter and Facebook from more screens in iOS.
iOS6 Passbook

Passbook has also been added in iOS 6, and that’s the app that allows you to store e-tickets in a handy wallet. If you use Facetime, you’ll be pleased to know that it has also received a much-needed update.

Also interesting are the changes to basic calling and texting. There’s a Do Not Disturb mode, so you can avoid being interrupted during meetings or while you’re sleeping. If you choose to reject a call, you can automatically reply with a text if you wish.

For owners of the new iPad, the biggest update is probably the addition of Siri. The personal assistant has also been updated to include more locations, driving directions and other vital upgrades.

The new iOS 6 is available now for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3. As always, let us know what you think in the comments…