Apple announced that iOS 6 will be available today, September 19, but the company has yet to release the software or told anyone when it will be available to download. With millions of iPhone and iPad users eagerly awaiting the iOS 6 update, those who want to avoid any logjams should wait for the iOS 6 downloading hoards of to clear out before updating their devices.
Apple technically has until the end of today to make good on its iOS 6 release date. The company made the iOS 6 release date announcement at its San Francisco iPhone 5 event and typically base release dates on Pacific Time, which makes sense as that’s the company’s home time zone. Some iPhone users in time zones far ahead of Cupertino, such as those in Australia and New Zealand, may have to wait until sometime on September 20 to download iOS 6. It is possible that Apple may stagger iOS 6’s availability depending on locale to lighten the load on its distribution network.
The lack of an official release time thus far indicates that Apple doesn’t want millions of users to attempt to download and install the software all at once. Though Apple has robust infrastructure in place to distribute iOS updates and other digital goods, the company’s services still buckle under some loads, such as the iPhone 5 pre-order.
We can certainly appreciate Apple’s possible concerns, but it would appease a lot of its customers by simply telling them whether iOS 6 will be released morning, noon or night in their respective time zones.
iPhone owners who’ve pre-ordered the iPhone 5 may want to simple skip upgrading their current devices to iOS 6, especially if they’re set to get their iPhone 5s on Friday.
iOS 6 brings many new features to the iPhone 4S, new iPad and older iOS devices. Apple is boasting more than 200 new iOS 6 features, but users may not notice many of them right away. Amongst its most anticipated features are Facetime over 3G/4G, panoramic photos and Apple’s all-new Maps app.
iOS 6 can be installed over the air, which means there’s no need to plug iPhones and iPads into computers to complete the upgrade.
Siri is much more useful in iOS 6 than it was in iOS 5 since it can now open apps, post Facebook statuses and perform many other tricks.
iOS 6 is the first version of Apple’s mobile operating system without Google’s YouTube and Maps app. Apple’s introduced its own Maps application, which provides 3D views and driving directions, two features that were sorely missing from the old maps app. Google’s released a new YouTube app that can be downloaded and installed on iOS 6 devices, though the lack of a bundled app will surely cause confusion for those used to having the YouTube app pre-installed on their iPhones for years.
iOS 6 is receiving generally good reviews, but there will surely be bugs. While it’s always nice to get so many new features for free along with the update, it’s very tempting to dive into iOS 6 feet first. But we recommend waiting a little while if possible to avoid headaches and give Apple a little time to publish fixes.