So today is the day that iOS 6 is going to be released into the wild. If you don’t own an iThingie then this post is not for you. If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod then you may want to grab a coffee and take a quick skim down this page.
For a full comprehensive overview of the what to do, I recommend reading the Macworld article, Hands on with iOS 6: Installation. I’ll personally be using it as a checklist when I perform my upgrade. Well detailed with screenshots. Can’t top that.
Not sure you qualify for the upgrade?
The upgrade is free and you can perform it wirelessly if you have great wifi connectivity. It’s mentioned in the Macworld article but to save you from clicking the link, here is the list:
- iPhone 3GS and later
- iPad second generation and later
- iPod fourth generation and later
What’s in the iOS 6 upgrade?
Lots of changes are on the way in a number of existing apps such as Maps, Siri, Facebook, Photo Streams, FaceTime, Phone, Mail, Safari. Not to mention an improvement in accessibility to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning and mobility disabilities.
There is also the Passbook app, which can help organize your boarding passes, movie tickets, loyalty cards, etc… I’m not sure how this will play out for non US residents, but I hope to be delightfully surprised.
I recommend visiting the Apple site to check it all out. They do a great job with lots of photos to illustrate the new and improved features.
What changes in iOS 6 am I most excited about?
I am really excited about all the changes coming to the Phone app. The one I am truly looking forward to the Do Not Disturb feature. This feature will allow you to suppress all incoming calls and notifications for a set period of time.
Since my iPhone is my home phone, it sits on my bedside every night and I really don’t want reminders for game play or have Facebook/ Twitter notifications ping me at 3am. It will be nice to schedule the Do Not Disturb feature for bedtime and then forget about once and for all.
Funny thing, the Do Not Disturb style feature has been included on BlackBerry devices for years and it was one of the the features I missed most when I made the switch. That, and the notification led, but that’s a whole other can of worms!
Are there any new or improved iOS 6 features that you are excited about? Leave a comment below!