iOS 6 has been released

Today is launch day for iOS 6. This guide shows the eligibility for upgrade, times that it will be available, the new features, and how you can upgrade to it.

Devices that are supported:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPad 2
  • The new iPad

Below is a list of major cities and the times they are scheduled to begin getting the iOS 6 update:

[All times Wednesday, 19 September unless stated]

  • San Francisco - 10am
  • Chicago - 12 Noon
  • New York - 1pm
  • Buenos Aires - 2pm
  • London - 6pm
  • Barcelona - 7pm
  • Moscow - 9pm
  • Islamabad - 10pm
  • Jakarta - Midnight (Wed-Thurs)
  • Perth - 1am (Thurs)
  • Tokyo - 2am (Thurs)
  • Sydney - 3am (Thurs)

What's new in iOS 6? Below are a few of the major features:

  • Maps - Apple revealed an all-new Maps application for iOS, ditching long-term partner Google in favour of TomTom. the new app features 3D images and turn-by-turn directions. 
  • Siri - Apple's 'humble personal assistant' Siri is getting a major update with iOS 6 that adds the ability to read sports results, make a restaurant reservation, launch applications, update Facebook and twitter statuses. In the UK we will also now be able to use location based requests, which were previously unavailable.
  • Facebook and Twitter - Deep integration of the world's two most popular social networks means you will be able to Like or tweet from pretty much anywhere in iOS 6, and contacts will even sync with Friends and Followers to draw in birthday and picture information.
  • Do not disturb - new feature - found in the Notifications area of the Settings menu - that can be activated to silence the iOS device and stop the screen from lighting up, between set hours while you sleep.

And finally, how can you get it?

iOS 5 introduced OTA (Over The Air) updates, so your iDevice will alert you when the firmware becomes available, or you can go into the Settings menu and manually check for updates. Be aware that your iDevice should have at least 50% of battery charge to ensure a smooth upgrade.

Source: IBTimes | image via Apple

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Just upgraded two iPads (1 WIFI, 1 3G/WIFI) now I am upgrading my iPhone 4S. The first two not a glitch, I am waiting for my iPhone to finish and install. All three about 30-40 minutes.

belto said,

You can still download You Tube still from Google I believe. I downloaded yesterday.

No iPad version though?

Dane said,
Can't edit my last post. It's been saying "preparing update" for the last 10+ mins. is this normal?

I am in the same boat, iPad 2 stuck at preparing update for last 10 mins.

Edit: its done, I got a pop up saying Install update. Now the iPad is rebooting and upgrading

Does it say the same stuff for everyone for the features including.....

I have an iPhone 4 and "Siri features" are listed. is the 4 getting siri?

i dont know if i should upgrade my 3gs. i think is going to be slower so im going to stick to 5.1 . has anyone tried it on their 3gs and is it worth it?

It's a good release technically but it does lack some features people really want like real full multitasking, theming and lock screen apps.

Somnus said,
Still no update showing for us Canadians. I wonder what time it will be released for us?

update is showing up in mississauga, but i'll pass for now

timster said,

update is showing up in mississauga, but i'll pass for now

I'm in Alberta. iTunes doesn't even show the update... sigh.. I guess I will check later on.

Somnus said,

I'm in Alberta. iTunes doesn't even show the update... sigh.. I guess I will check later on.

Just as I posted this, it dinged and said it was available. The Apple Gods must have seen my post and thought "Get that man his update now!!"

I just wish the Samsung Gods would hear my pleas for my Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.. purchasing this device was probably my worst decision ever. And I've owned some pretty terrible devices )

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
i wonder if Maps is still a big Crapfest of wrong information like it previously was in the iOS6 builds

In the UK it looks like it. Doncaster is still spelt Duncaster for example.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
i wonder if Maps is still a big Crapfest of wrong information like it previously was in the iOS6 builds

That's actually one of the things that concern me about the new Maps app.
On the other hand, Google made a point that iOS users were getting the short end of the stick by keeping many Maps features Android only (offline mode, 3D buildings, Indoor maps, etc...) so I guess we can only hope that Apple works on making their app better.

I might wait to see how the battery life will be for the new ipad with iOS6, I certainly don't want it to be less, and Apple has a history of screwing that up initially on each incarnation of iOS.

Man this is just mind numbing! The iOS bores me, I want more features wah wah! It's an operating system designed to help with every day activities? What exactly do you people want? I actually believe you haven't clue in the world as to what you actually want and just cry because there isn't isn't enough feature change or update to keep you occupied for more that an hour or 2!

New maps is awesome, the iOS is smoother, less buggy, more integrated with things like Facebook and computers connected to iCloud. I really like it.

offroadaaron said,
Man this is just mind numbing! The iOS bores me, I want more features wah wah! It's an operating system designed to help with every day activities? What exactly do you people want? I actually believe you haven't clue in the world as to what you actually want and just cry because there isn't isn't enough feature change or update to keep you occupied for more that an hour or 2!

New maps is awesome, the iOS is smoother, less buggy, more integrated with things like Facebook and computers connected to iCloud. I really like it.

And if they bring UI changes like Win 8 did, they will whine anyways...

Been using it for months now, the new iOS bores me. Best thing about iOS 6 is the fact I don't need to enter my password to update apps. :-)

joemailey said,
Been using it for months now, the new iOS bores me. Best thing about iOS 6 is the fact I don't need to enter my password to update apps. :-)

What were you expecting exactly? I expect an OS to do its job and do it in an easy-to-use, intuitive way, not really to entertain me.

thealexweb said,
My iPad is newer than the 3GS and has similar specs yet no update, thanks for nothing Apple.

Welcome to the Apple Annual Payment Plan! We're so happy to upgrade your hardware for a nominal* annual fee. 8D

* "nominal" in the Apple sense of the word, which assumes that you don't know what this word really means. Thousands of limitations, exclusions, and restrictions apply.

No word about iCloud support for Safari? Passbook? FaceTime over cellular?
People using Google Chrome and Skype hardly need 1) and 3) but I would assume that most users use Safari and FaceTime over 3rd party apps.

Manish said,

They're all included in iOS 6, provided you have a compatible device for those features. Use the following link to see all "200+" features: http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new/

I know, it's just that the article says "below are a few of the major features" only mentioning other, maybe not so "major," features. Or maybe I'm the only one not really interested in Siri, Facebook integration and the do not disturb thing.

a0me said,

I know, it's just that the article says "below are a few of the major features" only mentioning other, maybe not so "major," features.

In Neowin's defence, it's subjective what users consider to be the more important features of an update like this. On the other hand, this article is really just a quick "copy and paste" job from the quoted source and it could've benefited from a link to all the new features or the "What's new" page on Apple's site. Meh.

Uplift said,

I'd expect nothing, to cost me nothing.


Let me guess, you're using a stolen handset? Or a cheap piece of junk?

a0me said,

Let me guess, you're using a stolen handset? Or a cheap piece of junk?

I'm using an iPhone 4, and i'm upgrading to the 5 in about 2 weeks. I installed it early on my iPad 3 and apart from the the additional clock app and siri what else has changed? i know it will bring more to the phone but just skimmed through the ios6 web page and it doesn't give me much especially on the 4, you need a 4s/5 to take full advantage which still isn't much either.

I love Apple, but it all just seems a bit...mehh

Uplift said,

I'm using an iPhone 4, and i'm upgrading to the 5 in about 2 weeks. I installed it early on my iPad 3 and apart from the the additional clock app and siri what else has changed? i know it will bring more to the phone but just skimmed through the ios6 web page and it doesn't give me much especially on the 4, you need a 4s/5 to take full advantage which still isn't much either.

I love Apple, but it all just seems a bit...mehh


I understand where you're coming from, but maybe I'm not really expecting to be amazed by every new iPhone releases.
The only disappointment for me is the lack of NFC, but that's only because it's fairly common where I live; Apple being focused on the US market won't probably introduce the functionality before next model.
What I'd like to see next? Charge over the air (while in use of course, not the useless inductive charging that's currently available), super-intuitive user friendly home automation, waterproofing, wearable handsets , etc... but it doesn't look like other manufacturers have these features yet.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Hmm no first iPad? But it is newer than the 3gs?

I'd chalk it down to ram, they both have 256MBs but more is used for the bigger screen on the iPad. It had enough issues due to low amount of free ram already so I can see why they'd drop support.

myxomatosis said,
And by the way, the new "Maps" app is very fun and useful. The "building" view is really cool.

I prefer Google Maps. More reliable and the app came with transit information. Hopefully Google bring it back via the App Store.

I'll wait a couple of days before I update this time.
The update to iOS 5 went well for me even though I did it at the same time as millions of others slamming Apple servers all at once. Never too careful.

richardsim7 said,

But it's still a supported device!

But it's one that nobody has yet, and if they did have it it wouldn't need to be updated so they wouldn't be reading this...

Been using the Gold Master for couple days: Very good update.

On a 4S, it feels snappier, I get better battery life, there's a ton of small new features that are very neat and useful, didn't experience any major bugs

Not revolutionary, but certainly a great update

are you a developer? how did you download ios 6 allready?

myxomatosis said,
Been using the Gold Master for couple days: Very good update.

On a 4S, it feels snappier, I get better battery life, there's a ton of small new features that are very neat and useful, didn't experience any major bugs

Not revolutionary, but certainly a great update

Dmatthews3 said,
are you a developer? how did you download ios 6 allready?

Gold master actually doesn't require you to be a developer to install. It's the same build as the publicly released version. But you'll need a developer account to download the ipsw file from the developer portal.

I think it's shift click on windows on the restore button to choose the ipsw file.

Lunfai said,

Gold master actually doesn't require you to be a developer to install. It's the same build as the publicly released version. But you'll need a developer account to download the ipsw file from the developer portal.

I think it's shift click on windows on the restore button to choose the ipsw file.


Yes it is

The Laughing Man said,
Seems like Apple is trying to say I need a new iPad.

If you 'need' to have iOS 6, yes. Trust me, even updating to the iPad 2 will give you a much improved experienced, the low amount of ram in the first is a serious issue which you should have come in contact with.

Leonick said,

If you 'need' to have iOS 6, yes. Trust me, even updating to the iPad 2 will give you a much improved experienced, the low amount of ram in the first is a serious issue which you should have come in contact with.
Maybe once or twice but nothing that serious , surprisingly it runs like a champ although iOS 6 is looking mighty fine right about now.

stevember said,
Do these updates really warrant complete version number update?

Yes, yes I know its free etc etc.

I think this one does warrant a new version number. Because of the amount of changes in this one.

stevember said,
Do these updates really warrant complete version number update?

Yes, yes I know its free etc etc.


I can definitely see how one could argue it should be a smaller increment though but seeing as how the stock apps are only updated with OS updates (really wish they'd do that trough the AppStore) I suppose big changes to them count as big changes to iOS as a whole so, big update. A couple of larger and a lot of smaller changes.

stevember said,
Do these updates really warrant complete version number update?

Yes, yes I know its free etc etc.

It was changed enough to supposedly not be able to support the original iPad. So why are you complaining?

stevember said,
Do these updates really warrant complete version number update?

Yes, yes I know its free etc etc.

Removing Youtube and Google Maps is pretty big deal and a bit of a shift in what has been. A lot of API changes that developers have to worry about, so yea a new major version probably isn't a bad idea.

stevember said,
Do these updates really warrant complete version number update?

Yes, yes I know its free etc etc.

Don't forget under the hood changes. Apple isn't really advertising them, but there's been a lot of optimization and security enhancements, too.

THolman said,

Don't forget under the hood changes. Apple isn't really advertising them, but there's been a lot of optimization and security enhancements, too.

Sure there are...

.Neo said,
Biggest of which is the lack of new features.

I dunno. I mean. It's free right? And it has lots of new and improved stuff. Surely that's better than no updates? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a brand new interface overhaul too but for now, I'm happy with the new list of updates

Spirit Dave said,
I dunno. I mean. It's free right? And it has lots of new and improved stuff. Surely that's better than no updates? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a brand new interface overhaul too but for now, I'm happy with the new list of updates

You actually think it's free and the costs for these updates aren't included with the price of the device? That's sweet but at the same time incredibly naive. If there wouldn't be two years of updates attached to my new iPad I would have never bought it, it's that simple.

I've been using the iOS 6 GM for a few days now and been extremely underwhelmed by the experience. Siri is nice, but still doesn't support Dutch. The Maps app took one step forward (turn by turn navigation), but about six steps backwards in just about every other department. There's no way to set a Dutch navigation voice without changing the entire interface to Dutch as well. After three iPad revisions there's finally a Clock app and Facebook support, but still no Weather app. The animations suddenly stutter (3rd gen iPad) and I really wouldn't know what else I really gained by installing the update. A VIP mailbox in Mail? Whoop-dee-doo…

Take a look at the apple.com/ios website. There's really hardly anything new of interest in iOS 6.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 19 2012, 2:52pm :

Spirit Dave said,

I dunno. I mean. It's free right? And it has lots of new and improved stuff. Surely that's better than no updates? Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see a brand new interface overhaul too but for now, I'm happy with the new list of updates

"Lots" might be overstating it slightly ;-)

.Neo said,

You actually think it's free and the costs for these updates aren't included with the price of the device? That's sweet but at the same time incredibly naive. If there wouldn't be two years of updates attached to my new iPad I would have never bought it, it's that simple.

I've been using the iOS 6 GM for a few days now and been extremely underwhelmed by the experience. Siri is nice, but still doesn't support Dutch. The Maps app took one step forward (turn by turn navigation), but about six steps backwards in just about every other department. There's no way to set a Dutch navigation voice without changing the entire interface to Dutch as well. After three iPad revisions there's finally a Clock app and Facebook support, but still no Weather app. The animations suddenly stutter (3rd gen iPad) and I really wouldn't know what else I really gained by installing the update. A VIP mailbox in Mail? Whoop-dee-doo…

Take a look at the apple.com/ios website. There's really hardly anything new of interest in iOS 6.

Do you think Android or Windows does any better? They don't. Honestly, considering iOS is incremented yearly, there was a pretty significant amount of new features. People need to understand the fact that no company is going to "reinvent" it's products by flooding a bunch of new features into it every update. That's called bloat.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Do you think Android or Windows does any better? They don't. Honestly, considering iOS is incremented yearly, there was a pretty significant amount of new features. People need to understand the fact that no company is going to "reinvent" it's products by flooding a bunch of new features into it every update. That's called bloat.

People need to understand that Apple apologists are everywhere. So even when someone quite rightly states their considered opinion that they are unimpressed by something that is clearly quite unimpressive, Appologists will comes out of the woodwork to denigrate their legitimate position and opinion.

Ahem.

excalpius said,

People need to understand that Apple apologists are everywhere. So even when someone quite rightly states their considered opinion that they are unimpressed by something that is clearly quite unimpressive, Appologists will comes out of the woodwork to denigrate their legitimate position and opinion.

Ahem.

Um... it's hardly apologetic since it's true. Him and too many people clearly are expecting Apple to push out groundbreaking products and software every single year, and it doesn't make any sense. No company does that, and no company will do that. So for somebody to complain about a software update to that extent really makes no sense. Did Jelly Bean add anything groundbreaking to Android? No. But you don't see hoards of people here complaining about it. That is my point.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Do you think Android or Windows does any better? They don't.

For whatever misguided reason you have the feeling you need to defend Apple at every turn like the company is some personal best friend, family or whatever. You should address the issues I posted above instead of dragging other companies into this. As far as iOS 6 is concerned I couldn't care less about what the competition is doing. I bought a new iPad, so I'm dealing with Apple. Not Microsoft, not Google. I'm not asking Apple "to flood" iOS 6 with bloat, I'm asking them to actually improve things. As a Dutch iPad owner I feel this update offers me hardly anything new and is actually considerably worse in the Maps department when it boils down to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. Same goes for Siri still not supporting Dutch. Not to mention the fact performance took a hit and most animations stutter now on my 3rd generation iPad after doing a full restore.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 19 2012, 11:51pm :

.Neo said,

For whatever misguided reason you have the feeling you need to defend Apple at every turn like the company is your personal best friend, family or whatever. You should address issues I posted above instead of dragging other companies into this. As far as iOS 6 is concerned I couldn't care less about what the competition is doing. I bought a new iPad, so I'm dealing with Apple. Not Microsoft, not Google. As an iPad owner I feel this update offers me hardly anything new and is actually worse in the Maps department.

I'm not defending anybody. I'm just very curious why you were expecting a huge plethora of features to be added. My point was that Apple has never done that in the past, and no other company has either. Your reason for being that disappointed is completely unjustified. And yes, I know you are entitled to your opinion.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I'm not defending anybody. I'm just very curious why you were expecting a huge plethora of features to be added. My point was that Apple has never done that in the past, and no other company has either. Your reason for being that disappointed is completely unjustified. And yes, I know you are entitled to your opinion.

For the second time around I'm telling you I'm not expecting a "flood" or "plethora" of new features. I'm expecting Apple to improve things and instead of regressing. Stop throwing up these smokescreens and actually address what I'm saying about iOS 6's shortcomings: Maps, Siri language support and overall performance.

Interesting to see the iPhone 3gs on the list heh. I think most people will wait a few months until a jailbreak is out anyway.

MrAnalysis said,
Interesting to see the iPhone 3gs on the list heh. I think most people will wait a few months until a jailbreak is out anyway.

That's all I'm waiting for, I enjoy my customized iPhone to much.

Dan~ said,
I might wait for 6.0.1 or so, bound to be numerous bugs etc

Why would you believe that there's bound to be numerous bugs/issues?

jbrooksuk said,

What bugs? I'm running GM and not had a single problem?

Yes because bugs always affect every single person in exactly the same way and circumstances.

Dan~ said,
I might wait for 6.0.1 or so, bound to be numerous bugs etc
I installed GM on 3 of my iDevices and haven't seen a single bug yet. Do you have any link to share to us where bugs was found?

torrentthief said,

because there has been for all previous version of ios.


->
"because there has been for all previous version of software."

fixed that for you

GS:mac

Pink Floyd said,
I installed GM on 3 of my iDevices and haven't seen a single bug yet. Do you have any link to share to us where bugs was found?

iOS is always riddled with them, or they are just resource hogs

ingramator said,

iOS is always riddled with them, or they are just resource hogs

Is that your opinion or can you back that up with proof?
I've been running the GM for a week and it's been great. Not a single issue so far, though I never had issues with iOS 5 either.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Is that your opinion or can you back that up with proof?
I've been running the GM for a week and it's been great. Not a single issue so far, though I never had issues with iOS 5 either.


That's really cute. On any forum outside of Apple's own, wariness about bugs is met with a great deal of resistance.

But you click your way over to Apple's forums, or Apple enthusiast forums, and you'll see thread after thread after thread asking for help with issues that pop up through regular use or as a result of updates.

Honestly, why is it when people leave the safe, warm confines of the Apple community that they feel this need to pretend all those problems no longer exist? There are two hardcore Apple fanboys at my office who'll stand in line for iPhones, and they spend hours a day whining about quirks with the Apple products. I bust out an Android phone or use a Windows laptop in front of them, though, and all they can do is ask how I put up with using them.

Joshie said,
ramble

Not really sure what the point of that ramble was... You obviously didn't read what I said. I haven't had issues with iOS 6 or any previous version, so why should I believe that it's overridden with bugs? Yeah, some people will have problems, just like with any other product on the market. Does that mean the software is corrupt and full of bugs? No... So what's your point?

Astra.Xtreme said,

Not really sure what the point of that ramble was... You obviously didn't read what I said. I haven't had issues with iOS 6 or any previous version, so why should I believe that it's overridden with bugs? Yeah, some people will have problems, just like with any other product on the market. Does that mean the software is corrupt and full of bugs? No... So what's your point?


See, for some reason this whole topic of bugs gets under your skin, and it's completely unreasonable. Just look at the original post:
I might wait for 6.0.1 or so, bound to be numerous bugs etc

What's everyone's problem with this comment? This one line has exploded into this huge discussion about how all software has bugs, subjective personal accounts of bugs, angry opinions, self-righteous opinions, and general miffiness all around. Why? The original post is obviously not an attack on iOS, it's obviously not accusing it of being "riddled" with bugs or horrendously unusable. It's a common--

Let me pause here, I want to make this one detail extremely clear. Painfully clear. Annoyingly clear. *COMMON*. Common and generally accepted throughout the tech savvy community. In any other case, you'd likely agree with it, support it, or at least not argue with it. Back to exactly what it is...

--behavior for people to see a new release and opt to wait for the x.1 update. Even fans of Windows who sing its praises will nod at how reasonable it is to wait for SP1 if a person chooses to do so. The UX will improve, third party support will improve, any issues that do arise will have time to be addressed. It's legitimate, reasonable behavior motivated by experience with software.

Did the original post suggest this was unique to iOS? Did it suggest other software doesn't require him to wait for a maintenance cycle? Nope. It really doesn't say much at all.

Yet here goes this whole conversation. It makes no sense whatsoever. Why is anyone upset by the post? Why are YOU upset? Why would anyone turn on defense mode at the mere suggestion of bugs? Honestly, figure it out. This original post didn't need a single response to it. The only possible reason why so many people would've been set off by it is if they were somehow emotionally invested, and frankly, that's weird.

It's software. Get a hobby.

Joshie said,

See, for some reason this whole topic of bugs gets under your skin, and it's completely unreasonable. Just look at the original post:

What's everyone's problem with this comment? This one line has exploded into this huge discussion about how all software has bugs, subjective personal accounts of bugs, angry opinions, self-righteous opinions, and general miffiness all around. Why? The original post is obviously not an attack on iOS, it's obviously not accusing it of being "riddled" with bugs or horrendously unusable. It's a common--

Let me pause here, I want to make this one detail extremely clear. Painfully clear. Annoyingly clear. *COMMON*. Common and generally accepted throughout the tech savvy community. In any other case, you'd likely agree with it, support it, or at least not argue with it. Back to exactly what it is...

--behavior for people to see a new release and opt to wait for the x.1 update. Even fans of Windows who sing its praises will nod at how reasonable it is to wait for SP1 if a person chooses to do so. The UX will improve, third party support will improve, any issues that do arise will have time to be addressed. It's legitimate, reasonable behavior motivated by experience with software.

Did the original post suggest this was unique to iOS? Did it suggest other software doesn't require him to wait for a maintenance cycle? Nope. It really doesn't say much at all.

Yet here goes this whole conversation. It makes no sense whatsoever. Why is anyone upset by the post? Why are YOU upset? Why would anyone turn on defense mode at the mere suggestion of bugs? Honestly, figure it out. This original post didn't need a single response to it. The only possible reason why so many people would've been set off by it is if they were somehow emotionally invested, and frankly, that's weird.

It's software. Get a hobby.

Whoa, dude, take a chill pill.

No, the original poster didn't explain much information in his post, but a number of things could be implied by what he said. But no one's being upset or defending anything. They're just saying their own experiences. Everyone else's comments said as much as the first one.