If you're not going to be getting an iPhone 5 this Friday (or even if you are and just want to experience iOS 6 for a day or two early), you're in luck. Apple just released the iOS 6 update to the world and per Apple it sports over 200 new features. In particular, the new maps and turn by turn directions seems super cool and makes the navigation in my Prius seem archaic in comparison. If you're a big Siri user, tons of new functionality has been implemented and Siri in general just feels a bit "smarter" in what it's capable of doing. I'm also really excited to see what comes of Passbook, as I'd love to get rid of my various loyalty cards and consolidate all my barcodes into a single app.

Anyway, iOS 6 is compatible with the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch. If you've got one of those devices, you can either update directly on the device from the Settings app or just plug it into iTunes like previous major updates. If you're one of those types of people who are overly cautious about installing updates, I'm sure our forums will be filled with impressions regarding iOS 6's performance in games as more people install it over the day.

Additionally if you'd like to read an actual proper review of iOS 6, I recommend heading over to Ars Technica as Jacqui Cheng knocked it out of the park.

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

    downloading right now... (900mb yikes)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1231243102 Erica Hearn

       Downloading to lol but i have a question with Facebook being integrated
      along with twitter will we still need separate apps for those?

      • jindofox

        You can post right from the OS, but to browse you will need separate apps. You don't need to use the official Twitter app, though, Tweetbot works just fine.

    • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

      maps are sick! hate the "auto-brightness" setting... it does not work like it always has... it changes too much in so little time...

      edit: mountain lion also had an update (10.8.2)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YP3MRTQKOCEDY2BOFAZZBJQ5VM johannes

      i update now my iphone 4 to ios 6 but dont have siri

      • Sojourn

        Siri is still only available on the iPhone 4S or higher, but you'll find a lot of other great features baked into iOS 6 for your iPhone 4 to enjoy!

  • araczynski

    seems i'm a gig short for the install, oh well, didn't see anything worth the effort anyway. will wait till i get bored of a few games.

  • yoshimitsu

    I download it. But for some reason it's not installing. It keeps say preparing to to download and then when I leave the app a come back to it, it says checking for update and never finds it

  • JesusBro

    i will update mine later
    first i wanna know what people have to say about the update first :P

    • xXHardKoreXx

      I'm in the 4s and my phone is more polished and smooth than I previously thought possible. It's NOT a cosmetic update.

      • Greyskull

        I'll STILL wait for the inevitable 6.0.1 or 6.1 bugsquash update. No need to rush only to discover that there are security gaps, compatability problems, or something else. Besides, I don't sync with my PC, and AFAIK iCloud only allows one backup. If I store multiple backups, I would install in a heart beat.

      • Apache7X

        Im gonna wait till tomorrow i guess. 2.5 gb?? That means ill only have 11.0 gb for things! If only all the games out there had iCloud support.

  • xepiczx

    I can't download it half way through it says unable to download can anybody help

    • http://twitter.com/QWERTYtheBold Brandon

      Make sure you have enough memory to install it?

      • xepiczx

        I have but still it does not work

        I'm sad now
        But thanks for replying

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QQXMZ2HHWWSZWCC3QTWOKDWZVQ Will

         how many gigs does it take and how long will it take?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001269010891 Kimberly Marin

      u need WI-FI

  • JCman7

    Says I need 2.4 GB free to update it on my iPod! Yikes hopefully it's less through iTunes

    • jasonkiddy

      Mine did also on my iPhone 4 and iPad 3. I only have about 1gb available on each.
      Don't worry - connect to your computer and update that way - has worked perfectly for both.
      Going to see what it does to my wife's iPhone 3GS soon :-)

      • JCman7

        Thanks works great on my computer! Now just wish I could get GC to work :(

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

    done! still browsing through new settings!! looks good so far

    • xepiczx

      Lol

  • evilrt

    the itunes and app store layouts are horrid!!!

  • omarPR

    626MB SIZE IOS 6 for IPHONE 4-S !!!

  • Roger Grinde

    I haven't tried the turn by turn directions in Maps yet, but so far Maps seems to be a downgrade over the old (Google-provided) Maps. Walking/biking, and public transit directions don't seem to work. Also, the UI is clumsy if you want to play with different routings (e.g., when exploring when to stop for the night after a day's travel).

  • gamergirl2785

    I'm disappointed thought suri would be included guess not for iPad 2 oh well.

    • ★MarkyMarc★

      Unfortunately, I think Siri is only for iPad 3, iPhone 4S and 5.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/42YS2N67LP6IDUKBZUUCMSZW7M Pray For Death

        And the iPod tTouch 5th gen

      • http://twitter.com/QWERTYtheBold Brandon

        I don't get it... The iPad 2 has the same chip as the new iPod... Does the new iPod have more ram than the ipad 2 and therefore is able to run Siri?

      • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

        They say it's chip & RAM, but hackers have enabled it on earlier devices.  So no SIRI on your device b/c Apple said no.

        You don't get to talk back to Apple when they say "no" -- even IF your hardware could handle it.  They decide, not you.  End of story.

  • JCat_NY

    Siri is pretty cool on the "New" ipad - don't own a 4S so it's all new for me. Looking forward to the iPhone 5 in two days where Siri will be a lot more useful in my case.

  • GSJ1977

    Already hitting bugs:

    Auto-brightness no longer works
    Also Settings>General>Restrictions>CRASH (fixed by rebooting)

  • Shadowking2214

    I'm jailbroken,is it possible to unjailbreak by updating from my iPod cause I have no PC or will it mess up my iPod

    • E-10

      Yes it's okay it won't mess it up but it will erase all of your packages from cydia

  • Fawks

    Didn't install iOS 5 for the longest time on my iPod 4th gen. Almost completely regret it. Made all the integrated apps sooooo laggy when I would scroll through app pages or safari.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Non of my current devices are supported, but I'll be able to check it out when my new iPod Touch arrives next month. I still don't understand why the iPod touch 4g is supported, but not the first iPad as they both have the same memory and resolution isn't that big of a difference between the devices. Even though hey share the same CPU, the iPad's is faster as the iPod touch 4g's CPU is under clocked.

    • JCman7

      It's all about convincing the user to buy a newer iPad unfortunately

      • theundertow

        I don't know...what here is an iPad feature.

        I am typing this on an iPad 3 and not sure I'm going to update yet.

        I may test it out on the iPhone 5 first before I update the iPad an risk Apps not working right.

      • JCman7

         It stops developers from making their apps available on older models which for me is a main deterrent

    • dominic_64bit

      One word: marketing. Unlike the iOS 4 and 5 upgrades, hardware limitations aren't the reason why your device isn't getting updated.
      The OG iPad and the 3rd gen iPod touch haven't been manufactured since 2010, and these devices would no longer be under warranty, which means no support. On top of this, Apple has to support 4 iPhones, 2 iPod touches and 2 iPads under iOS 6, and the operating system isn't one size fits all. iOS devices will continue to be updated as long as they are on sale.  It's the only reason why the older iPhone 3GS is getting iOS 6. And because the 4th gen iPod touch will be on sale for at least one more year, it should get iOS 7 next year, but with limited features.

  • Jacob007

    App Store is much worse. Hate the new layout, and it seems much more slow and buggy. Also, cant get purchased or free apps/updates without an ID. Very disappointed.

  • jtall

    I get a crash when viewing my purchased apps through the update tab in the AppStore. I looked on the apple forums and others are having the same issue,

  • nfs321983

    Damn this new update is sweet!

  • oooooomonkey

    The new App Store. (Viewed through my iPod 4) is damn terrible, no more seeing a big list of apps?! It's making browsing the App Store a real pain now.
    Think ill just be doing my browsing through app shopper now instead of the actual store.

    Can't figure out why they would make things harder to browse? Surely it's going to put people off somewhat.

    • JCman7

      They still have lists, just go to categories (top right) and then see all once you select a category. It's just like the older version but with a we refreshed look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Montgomery-Gabrys/1085446349 Montgomery Gabrys

    Unless you're using an iPad 1 - then you're fucked. Because compared to the 3GS which can run iOS6, - you suck shit (because we all know the iPad sucks shit against a 3GS which runs rings around it).

    • Gamer_Kev

      Why don't you take your profanity some where else? Not everyone wants to read that kind of offensive talk.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Montgomery-Gabrys/1085446349 Montgomery Gabrys

        why? Just because you haven't seen a vagina since you fell out of one?

  • HappyHarryNET

    iPhone 4 and 4S users: the iOS install keeps resetting. USB cable to iTunes computer and the install goes quick and easy.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

      resetting ... how?  A little extra info there would be helpful!

  • dogface

    Updating was a breeze on iPhone 4S and the new iPad. I did get in pretty early though. Not too sure about the new AppStore but everything else is pretty cool. Loving the updates to GarageBand.

  • Stanjara

    I will not upgrade... Because all the new things are terrible... Music, app store and maps are hideus... Wtf apple

  • oooooomonkey

    Why are the maps really crap low quality now? What happens to google maps where I could see my house clearly.

  • Psiufoxx

    I agree with the others: install was painfully slow; maps is okay, not sure it's an upgrade; App Store is terrible... C'mon apple, this is your bread and butter. But what hasn't been said so far is that, holy crap! This os upgrade has seriously sped up my iPhone 4. Scrolling is smooth and silky, and there is no more dreaded typing lag when typing, say, this post. That ALONE makes this upgrade worth it.

    • Jacob007

      The upgrade made my 2 year old, slow iPod 4 go super fast!!

  • Lawry

    genius?

  • JesusBro

    Gamecenter crashes a lot
    I can't log in to it anymore :c and there is also no youtube

    • Jacob007

      Apples deal with Google meant no more YouTube. Theres a YouTube app, free for download in the new crappyass appstore though.

    • jtall

      Get the YouTube app in the AppStore

  • D3ath the kid

    It's still preparing and it's on the edge :(

  • regkilla

    Will update my other iPhone 4 to this...

  • JesusBro

    i can't play any of my games anymore
    everytime i try it makes my ipod 4g reboot a lot
    its getting really anoying >:3

  • Jet_Black

    Any idea how you get safari to go full screen on iOS6 on the new iPad

  • TheGrimCreeper

    Well ... This has to be the BIGGEST iOS update ever. But ... 2.3 GB ... Really ? Plus YouTube is gone. But at least you pull down the notification bar & can tweet faster ^___^ , & App Store update is magnificent. But crashes the first couple times. More emoticons but you gotta download YouTube app ... Overall ... Greatest update ever despite some of the flaws.

  • Luke Williams

    Whenever i press genius recommendations on App Store it crashes!

  • slamraman

    How do you find the new releases on the AppStore?

  • ducksFANjason

    I'm getting issues connecting to my work's wi-fi since the update. 5 mins before IOS 6 (on IOS 5) -- wi-fi is fine. Immediately after IOS 6 update -- can't connect to the wi-fi. It attempts to connect but it just keeps showing the damn "loading" ring even though there are full wi-fi bars on my status bar. Only an issue at my work BTW, as I can connect to my home network. Also, I know it's not my work wi-fi that is screwy because I can connect with other devices without issue. Anyone else experiencing similar problems?

  • vic_viper_001

    On my friend's 4G iPod, iOS 6 makes almost every old Gameloft game (Gangstar, Nova 1&2, Zombie Infection, Spiderman Total Mayhem, etc.) unplayable, or at the very least, filled with audio bugs.

  • Jacob007

    Safari keeps freezing then crashing for me!

  • Spencer Creasy

    Will update when untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 is out

  • dudeman8622

    I have found that the App Store crashes ever time the genius opens

  • dudeman8622

    On a 4s

  • WonderingIf

    I read the Ars Technica overview/review and I must admit that the newer features seem okay, but there was nothing I couldn't live without. BUT the deal breaker for me was the change in Maps. No public transit support?! WTF Apple?! I use it all of the time, and I bet lots of other people do, too. To remove it completely it completely until some third party comes in to fill the void is a really lame move. I honestly couldn't care less about 3D view (which sounds like a gimmick). Google Maps was the best. Hopefully Google will create an app soon to take care of what Apple killed. All of the other features sound meh to me.
    Different question: does running iOS 6 on an iPhone 4 (not 4s) slow it down or cause apps (like our beloved game apps) to run slower?

    • dominic_64bit

      I'm running it on a 4th gen iPod touch, and its speed and responsiveness is even better than it was under iOS 4 it seems, unlike iOS 5, which made my device very laggy. You might run into some problems with apps that haven't been optimized for iOS 6 yet, plus the iTunes app is laggy and the App Store crashes when you search for apps. You might want to wait for iOS 6.0.1, because the App Store is next to useless in its current state. Otherwise, this is a solid, worthwhile update.

  • Psiufoxx

    Legitimate gripe here: iOS 6 forces you to use the Podcasts app... Seriously? It's a terrible app. :(

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

      Can't I use DownCast instead?  Think so!

      • Psiufoxx

        Is it worth the $2? I was always very happy using the "Music" interface, but now that Podcasts app is being shoved down my throat I'm willing to use an alternative app.

  • oooooomonkey

    Why should I now need an extra icon for podcasts, YouTube and google maps?
    This update is starting to suck.
    That's with out mentioning the new crap store layout.
    I would have liked an option to remove things I don't use like that passport thing, news stand, stocks etc.

  • presto77

    Passing on this until a game comes out that requires an upgrade. I've been duped in the past by upgrading to the new iOS too early and being locked out of my apps.

  • Apache7X

    Is anyone else's battery life seriously

  • Apache7X

    Is anyone else's battery life seriously going down the drain?

  • WarMachine

    Gonna stick with 5.1.1 no ad free YouTube app, crappy AppStore, and I'm hearing crappy maps too?

  • Christina Chia

    I updated IOS6 today to my iPhone 4. I'm so sad now because I can't open my favourite Godgame Mahjong.  Anyone can offer help how to fix it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000660182397 Jonathon Butz

    Does updating it for iPad 2 delete everything???

  • dragon.queen

    I had remove all my music off my itouch the version with the camera. I have one without a camera and it says that 5.1.1 is as far as it goes. Why would one does and one doesn't take the new iOS6?

  • mmilaf

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