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iOS 6 Release Time Still Not Clear

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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.

Read: iOS 6 Release Date and What to Expect from iOS 6

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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.

Read: How Long Will the iOS Update Take?

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.

Read: 5 Things to Do Before You Upgrade to iOS 6

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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.

Read: 40 iOS 6 Features You’ll Actually Care About

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.

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

77 Comments

  1. Brandon

    09/19/2012 at 3:59 am

    Any time now would be great!! :D

    • jsjsj

      09/19/2012 at 6:16 am

      9:41am

    • Leah

      09/19/2012 at 7:04 am

      Rumors say it comes out at 1:00 pm EST

  2. Dawson

    09/19/2012 at 4:16 am

    It comes out today at 6:00pm

  3. Peter

    09/19/2012 at 4:18 am

    Soon. Very Soon!

  4. CADBANE

    09/19/2012 at 4:21 am

    its a pretty poor excuse i work in IT all you do is push a button and away it goes im sure apple has plenty of bandwidth and the capabilities for every one to have at especially if its up in the cloud flash based technology

    • jlombaardan

      09/19/2012 at 4:59 am

      Cadbane, could you please tell us what you mean by “I work in IT”, since I am pretty sure that you are at least not a software developer. You don’t always just “push a button” to push out a software release. You have to take great care that your customers will have a positive experience when upgrading their software. Sometimes you notice problems right before releasing, and you have to fix them or else face another release very soon.

      • Andrew

        09/19/2012 at 5:11 am

        @jlombaardan not noticing an error that close to a deadline would be a fail!

        • jlombaardan

          09/19/2012 at 5:17 am

          So Andrew, why then do most companies release software patches to fix bugs? Errors are part of software development because humans are involved. If you have a good testing team, they will catch most issues before the release, but there is always a chance of something begin noticed shortly before a release. I prefer my software suppliers to be careful rather than rushing to get a release out.
          Also, there is always the chance of making a mistake in the server config, preventing your customers from effectively downloading the upgrade.

          • Aaron Rishell (@ArishellRN)

            09/19/2012 at 8:37 am

            I have been using the Beta 4 Release of iOS 6 since its release and so far I haven’t found any bugs.. The maps app Is a little off when it comes to locations of things but it has an option do suggesting changes.. I am giving Apple the Bennifit of doubt that there will be little to no bugs with this release.. I’m sure they have enough bandwidth but if you reminder when Siri came with the release of iPhone 4S the servers were overwhelmed an as a result crashed for a few days.. Apple is just being cautious about this release. And you know that once people get their hands on this new release they will want to see what Siri can do!

    • AJ

      09/19/2012 at 5:31 am

      By “work in IT” that probably means you are a Level 1 Time Warner guy who probably doesn’t know jack shit about infrastructure and package deployment…. OTA deployment is not the same as SCCM or LanDesk… If you even know what those are… Have fun power cycling since its probably your only troubleshooting step you know, plus, your idea of deployment is no different then you pushing a button to send a tech to the location…. you are pathetic :)

      • John J

        09/19/2012 at 6:36 am

        Wow! AJ! Such vitriol!
        Why are you wanting to be so
        Aggressive ? Or do you think your the only one who knows anything?

        John

  5. Justin

    09/19/2012 at 5:00 am

    Unless you work for apple…please stop talking.

    • Bradley

      09/19/2012 at 5:07 am

      yes.

    • Bob

      09/19/2012 at 7:34 am

      I am T2 iOS tech (aka senior advisor) and they do not privilege us to such information. Just be patient guys and it will come

  6. Jim litton

    09/19/2012 at 5:16 am

    Eagerly waiting . Apple fan from
    India .

    • Rock Callahan

      09/19/2012 at 5:38 am

      yeah man too eager for it just can’t wait 4 it making me madder as it is getting late …..it’s now evening time and still these Apple have’nt told us when they will release it !!

  7. aamitshr

    09/19/2012 at 5:19 am

    September 25 is the release date of ios 6.

  8. Jeevan Lovely

    09/19/2012 at 5:26 am

    is any body know what time iOS6 will release??? expecting & waiting for long time today since morning.. plz update

    • Noah

      09/19/2012 at 6:08 am

      …. If your mother hadn’t smoked crack while she was pregnant with you, you might have the IQ and mental capacity to read the fucking article above. It clearly says in the FIRST SENTENCE: “but the company has yet to release the software or told anyone when it will be available to download.”
      So, no. “Any body” doesn’t know what time it’ll be released besides Apple and its employees.

  9. Johny

    09/19/2012 at 5:28 am

    If current iPhone users don’t upgrade to ios 6 before getting there new iPhone 5 and do a cloud back up then when they receive the new iPhone 5 the cloud back up will be no good if was backed up on ios 5 as it in compatible

    • fiddlestix

      09/19/2012 at 5:45 am

      This is incorrect…

    • Noah

      09/19/2012 at 6:09 am

      It will be compatible no matter what software version you have. iCloud doesn’t require a specific iOS version to backup your information.

      • johny

        09/19/2012 at 6:33 am

        according to apple and the information i have received iOS 5 back up will not transfer to iOS 6 , either way i wont be taking the risk and its two whole days before iPhone 5 arrives , so iOS 6 will at least give us all something to do until then !

  10. Sneha Singham

    09/19/2012 at 5:36 am

    jhonny Boy is right

    • Noah

      09/19/2012 at 6:10 am

      jhonny Boy is not right.

    • What?

      09/19/2012 at 6:41 am

      Johnny boy is a dumb fuck.

  11. Ignacio Castellanos

    09/19/2012 at 5:37 am

    Im an Apple system Analyst and the beta codes, according to Apple’s programming, made last version IOS 6.0. It’s uploading right now to the HQ of Apple’s server computer, upload will be ready for like 03:00 pm probably.
    Ignacio Castellanos

    Apple Team

    Doubts
    [email protected]

    • Derpy

      09/19/2012 at 6:00 am

      Anyone with an Phone can have an @me domain email address.

  12. dushawn

    09/19/2012 at 5:41 am

    you’re all a bunch of fags

  13. Mehul

    09/19/2012 at 5:56 am

    Still ios 6 updates not showing, how much to wait?

    • Noah

      09/19/2012 at 6:12 am

      If you would stop huffing paint thinner every other hour you might have enough brain cells to allow you to read the first sentence of this article. “but the company has yet to release the software or told anyone when it will be available to download.”

      We know the “updates not showing” and no one but Apple knows “how much to wait”.

      Comments like this degrade my faith in humanity.

      • GOD

        09/19/2012 at 7:16 am

        U must be a sad pathetic lonely guy who lives on apple’s every word, people are just asking about ios 6 no need to shoot them down, I think your mum has been smoking crack while she was carrying u and I don’t think u are human

  14. Russell

    09/19/2012 at 6:04 am

    If you look at every image of devices on the apple website for ios6, their time clocks are set for 9:41am… Wonder if this is a clue

    • Noah

      09/19/2012 at 6:13 am

      Good idea. Apple would do something subtle like that.

    • Sam Iam

      09/19/2012 at 6:15 am

      It also says Monday, so whats your point? They wont release software at such an odd time. C’mon man!!

  15. Sam Iam

    09/19/2012 at 6:12 am

    EVERYONE, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. IT SHOWS THE TIMES!!!

    http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2012/09/18/ios-6-download-public-worldwide-times/

  16. BSB

    09/19/2012 at 6:22 am

    will iOS6 BETA still recognise an upgrade to full iOS6? Previous versions had to wait for a .1 update…

  17. Chuck

    09/19/2012 at 6:27 am

    RELEASE TIME WILL BE 1PM (EASTERN TIME) WHICH IS 10AM CENTRAL TIME.
    That has been the time of every single major update for the past could years.

    • Sam Iam

      09/19/2012 at 6:45 am

      1:00pm ET is 12:00pm CT………10:00am is PT!!

      • Chuck

        09/19/2012 at 8:42 am

        woops thats what. but i know its 1pm eastern time

  18. Shiv

    09/19/2012 at 6:32 am

    9 31 pm in singapore … come on apple ! @chuck, so i have to wait for half an hour more ?

  19. Thomas

    09/19/2012 at 6:36 am

    ugh its 5:30 pm in the uae and i have been dying of impatience

  20. T Wise

    09/19/2012 at 6:38 am

    even if they don’t release it until 11:59 pm– is it going to ruin the rest of your lives? Have some priorities.

  21. DM

    09/19/2012 at 6:39 am

    All of you people are so fucking lame! Does anyone even read what they are spewing out on these comment boards? Get off apple’s dick and wait… Or you could blow your brains out and do the rest of is a favor.

    • iBitch

      09/19/2012 at 6:54 am

      Reading the idiotic comments on here is passing the time until my 3 am release. People must learn to read and be patient.

  22. CJ

    09/19/2012 at 6:51 am

    Jeez, all of you just tricking stop. It will get here when it gets here. You’ve waited a year, so what if it’s the end of today, or tomorrow for that matter. Get a real life!

  23. JD

    09/19/2012 at 7:00 am

    while all you idiots have been arguing, i’ve updated in the meanwhile. looks like it will take about half an hour to download though

  24. iBitch

    09/19/2012 at 7:04 am

    @ JD. Must be scattered times, still nothing here in Aus. I can wait and read more dickheads bitch about this, it is quite amusing

  25. João Cunha (@joaocunha87)

    09/19/2012 at 7:05 am

    I’m in GMT time and I’m waiting since I woke up to work lol.

  26. Mike

    09/19/2012 at 7:08 am

    Just wait untill tomorrow. Problem solved

  27. Chandru0072

    09/19/2012 at 7:12 am

    iOs 6 should be available by 10 am pst.

  28. Monty

    09/19/2012 at 7:14 am

    Can I update to ios 6 without be updated to 5.1.1

    • Vignesh

      09/19/2012 at 7:35 am

      yes monty. if you have ios 5 it holds good to update ios 6

      • Monty

        09/19/2012 at 8:38 am

        Thanks Vignesh

  29. Supran Kothazham

    09/19/2012 at 7:24 am

    it will be available at 4:30 PM (GMT) , 10:30 PM(India), 8:00 PM (Kuwait)

  30. Cesar Gonzalez

    09/19/2012 at 7:31 am

    I am in Los Angeles, CA and it is currently 7:29 AM. I still have no update available.

  31. Mike D

    09/19/2012 at 7:40 am

    In Dublin and Software update on iPhone 4 has just shown an update available – before freezing!

  32. TheDude

    09/19/2012 at 7:41 am

    I already have the ios6 update.. Was downloaded to my phone about 2-1/2 hours ago.

  33. Marc

    09/19/2012 at 7:52 am

    I’m ready for iOS 7

  34. MKaz

    09/19/2012 at 7:54 am

    Release Time is 11:00 PM GMT as per memo sent out to all Apple employees… Please be patient…

  35. Mario

    09/19/2012 at 8:08 am

    It comes out today at 1 eastern time

  36. Mario

    09/19/2012 at 8:12 am

    I have been reading some comments this is wat i have to say just shut up in wait it wil come

  37. Supran Kothazham

    09/19/2012 at 8:18 am

    seri maanya!! vaa adachu.. tto…

  38. Supran Kothazham

    09/19/2012 at 8:26 am

    ശെരി മാന്യാ വാ അടച്ചു കേട്ടോ.

  39. Supran Kothazham

    09/19/2012 at 9:26 am

    nothing happened yet.. waiting

  40. Nemat

    09/19/2012 at 10:01 am

    It’s already 9pm in uae and I’m waiting since 6 am

  41. Supran Kothazham

    09/19/2012 at 10:01 am

    its ready to update… i’m downloading thru iTunes…

  42. mark

    09/19/2012 at 10:06 am

    just downloading as we speak from itunes uk time 18:06 :)

  43. Loop.boi

    09/19/2012 at 10:08 am

    Omg …its 1:07 in san juan, pr…no update yettttttt!!!! WTF

  44. Loop.boi

    09/19/2012 at 10:10 am

    Omg…i just got ittttt…….whooooooooo… Yeah!!!!!

  45. Gazr

    09/19/2012 at 10:12 am

    You can get it now via ur iPhone. Mines downloading it now

  46. Chiran

    09/19/2012 at 10:14 am

    I m still waiting but not yet come it already 10 pm

  47. iPhone Fan

    09/19/2012 at 2:33 pm

    Its alive now!!! You can download it now.!!! Tell everyone!!!

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