Apple has released the iOS 6 software update for the public to download and install it on their iOS devices. The new iOS 6 update brings in several new features including Facebook support built-in and drops support for the first generation iPad tablet. Apart from several improvements, the new iOS 6 update leaves out the Google Maps app.
The update is available directly over the air or alternatively, users can get the iOS 6 update through the iTunes desktop media management software. The new iOS 6 can be downloaded directly on iOS devices by checking the Software Update option in the General menu inside the settings App.
Alternatively, connect the iOS device using the proprietary cable to a PC or Mac with iTunes installed on it. Then simply take a backup, let iTunes download and install the iOS 6 update on your device. Ensure that you have the latest iTunes 10.7 software version.
With the new iOS 6 update, Apple finally pushes its new maps app with in-house designed cartography along with realistic 3D view. That leaves out the official Google Maps app out of the iOS app native ecosystem. The new maps app brings turn by turn based navigation, real-time traffic information, and most importantly, better Siri integration. The virtual assistant Siri has also received several tweaks under the hood.
Users will be able to share selected photos with other users using the improved Shared Photo Stream feature. The friends in return can like and even leave a comment on those photos.
Most important is the single sign-in Facebook integration in iOS 6 that lets the user to add photos, share updates, content and even add location. The users will also get to see a new Passbook app which is like your secured folder to store the tickets, train passes, coupons and other cards.
With iOS 6, FaceTime can be used over cellular networks but only for iPhone 5, the new iPad and iPhone 4S. Apple has taken care to add better Privacy controls in the settings to offer you more control on the content that is being shared or accessed. Several other small tweaks and improvements have been implemented across the system.
The iOS 6 software update is different size for different iOS devices. For instance, the over the air (OTA) update for the iPod Touch 4th Generation measures 580 MB but if you try to download via iTunes, it measures 840 MB. Downloading OTA update over WiFi networks is recommended to avoid heavy data charges.