Apple Releases iOS 6 for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

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iOS 6: Ready for downloadAs promised Apple released iOS 6 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Wednesday. The new version of Apple's mobile device operating system adds features such as Passbook, a redesigned Maps app, and Shared Photo Streams.

Passbook manages customer loyalty cards along with airline and other travel tickets, sporting event tickets, and movie passes. The app tracks user's movement, too, so it can automatically display the appropriate card when entering a location.

The new Maps app dropped Google Maps in favor of Apple's own service. The new Maps relies on Apple's data and includes vector-based graphics, turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic data, and a 3D Flyover view for many cities.

With Shared Photo Streams, users can choose specific albums to share with other iPhoto users instead of streaming all of the photos they capture with their iOS devices.

Siri now offers the ability to find restaurants and book reservations, look up movies and theaters, list sports scores, and can post Tweets or update Facebook.

iOS 6 also sports redesigned phone controls that include custom messages when declining calls, a Do Not Disturb feature that silences all calls and text messages that don't come from people on a user-defined list, AirPlay wireless streaming to the Apple TV, new accessibility features, and more.

iOS 6 requires an iPhone 3GS or newer, at least a third generation iPod touch, or an iPad 2 or third generation iPad. It will also come pre-installed on the iPhone 5, which will be available this Friday.

iOS 6 is free and available as an over-the-air update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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Works great on my 4S. No problems whatsoever, very slick. Still playing with all the new features, but holy cow, the panorama functionality alone is worth it - amazing! smile It bests Photoshop in this department, so fluid and easy. I think we are on the verge of seeing some very creative iPhone photography, can’t wait until developers start integrating it! Yowza. Good job, Apple. smile


Be advised that Passbook won’t be of much use until developers modify some apps to be “Passbook compatible”. Right now you pretty much have Walgreens and Fandango.



iPod Touch 4thgen: Took a long time to download and update. TT = ~1hr.
Seems to work fine. Stable. No problems noted so far.
AppStore is different. Looks nice.
No Panorama option in Camera
New Maps app seems to work well.
Passbook is there but I don’t know what to do with it yet.
All of the apps I’ve tried so far seem to work


On iPod Touch 4Gen Maps has no Flyover function.

Doug Grinbergs

On my iPad 2, having trouble w/WiFI connection to my Time Capsule (:-( Why is it trying to open, anyway? Don’t have time to troubleshoot now.


Same trouble as Doug Grinbergs.  Ipad2 and Ipod Touch won’t connect to WiFi.  Iphone 4s is OK.


My iPad 2 updated with no problems. Connected to WiFi with no issue.


For those with WiFi issues, have you tried ‘resetting’ your network settings in your iDevice, and then reconnecting ?

Go to: Settings - General - Reset (at the bottom) - then click “Reset Network Settings



OK. Now I have to use the Podcast app to listen to podcasts…. except I don’t see how to make a Playlist of Podcasts with that app! Anybody know if it’s even possible?

I usually set up 2 or 3 podcasts and go to sleep by them. Must I now be wide awake, staring at the ceiling?


For those having trouble with Passbook not connecting to iTunes App store, try the following (thanks to the Apple Support Forums):

Go to Settings>General>Date and Time>Set Automatically>Off. Set the date one year ahead. Try to [update the apps again or press the button from Passbook]. If you get an error message, go back to the settings. Correct the date and time (set automatically) then go back and try [again].

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