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iOS 6 Release Date: What Not to Expect This Fall



At WWDC 2012 in June, Apple announced its new mobile operating system, iOS 6, and pegged it with a release date sometime during the fall of this year.

The software is expected to come alongside the new iPhone, which is presumably going to be called the iPhone 5. It will also likely arrive with a new 7.85-inch iPad Mini, Apple’s newest member of the iPad family.

We expect iOS 6 to arrive shortly before both of those launches, as is customary with Apple releases, and while we still don’t have a specific release date to speak of, we wanted to make a few predictions about what iPhone and iPad owners shouldn’t expect from the iOS 6 release date when it arrives this fall.

We look at what not to expect from iOS 6 this fall.

Read: iOS 6 Release Date: What to Expect This Fall.

Release on iPhone 5 Announcement Day

While many current iPhone and iPad owners, especially those with the new iPad and iPhone 4S since they will be getting the most from iOS 6, will want to see the upgrade arrive early, don’t expect the iOS 6 release date to come before the iPhone 5 announcement.

Don’t expect an early iOS 6 release.

Last year, Apple announced the iOS 5 release date at the iPhone 4S event and the release to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users came a few days after the announcement and a few days before the arrival of the iPhone 4S.

We expect the same to happen this year.

We’re also expecting the iPhone 5 to arrive in October and not in August or September so look for the release date to arrive in October.

A Smooth Update Process

Last year’s iOS 5 release date was marred by server issues and update errors that plagued iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users throughout launch day.

Unfortunately, there are more users than ever before that will be trying to download iOS 6 from Apple’s servers on launch day. This of course thanks to the successful releases of the new iPad and the iPhone 4S both of which that have gone on to sell in the millions.

The iOS 5 release date had its fair share of issues.

Also keep in mind that iPhone 3GS users are in the mix, again, for iOS 6, so there will be no shortage of users trying to install on day one.

Hopefully, Apple learned its lessons from last year but even if it did, we still expect there to be issues.

Happy iPhone 3GS Users

Apple shocked just about everyone when it announced iOS 6 would be coming to the iPhone 3GS, a phone that is over three years old. Of course, the iOS 6 that will be coming to the iPhone 3GS will be stripped down almost completely but that doesn’t mean that iPhone 3GS will be happy on iOS 6 release date.

Why? Two reasons. One, iPhone 3GS owners will be upset to find that the only things iOS 6 will have brought to the phone are the new UI and the new Maps app.

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

And if they aren’t unhappy about the lack of features, they are probably going to be unhappy about how the software runs.

iOS 5.1.1 runs decently on the iPhone 3GS but it’s not perfect. Apple will be adding to the software with iOS 6 which could make for an even worse experience.

Buggy Software

One thing that Apple does extremely well with its mobile software is making sure that iOS is void of as many bugs as possible. The beta process helps in that regard. Unlike major Android updates that plague both aging and current devices, iOS updates generally don’t wreck havoc on devices.

The company also doesn’t have to work within the confines of a public deadline, something that often makes Android manufacturers and carriers rush to put out an update that contains several nasty bugs.

Apple will make sure that the gold, final version of iOS 6 is solid across the board which means that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users should expect a well-oiled, not rushed, iOS 6 on release day.

A Roll Out of the Same iOS 6 We Saw at WWDC

Last year, Apple waited for the iPhone 4S announcement to reveal Siri, the device’s unique personal assistant feature. And while we still don’t know what Apple has planned for the iPhone 5, we expect it to come with something unique in terms of its software.

Read: Redacted iOS 6 Feature Will Change the Way You Use the iPhone 5.

Right now, the front runner is an NFC chip that might tie into iOS 6’s Passbook feature but that’s only speculation at this point.

What’s not speculation is that Apple failed to reveal all 200+ features of iOS 6 at WWDC so iDevice owners should expect a very robust piece of software at launch and one that will likely come with one or two more big additions that weren’t seen at WWDC.



  1. Jim Russ

    07/12/2012 at 4:51 pm

    Apple makes sure iOS is as free of bugs as possible? Check the Apple Support Communitites on that one. My original iPad 1 has had severe crashing problems ever since iOS 5 was released last Fall. And judging by the thousands of views on postings from users with similar problems, whatever is causing the iPad to crash so much is quite widespread. It wasn’t until apple released an updated iOS in May that the crashing was reduced, and my “old” iPad is still nowhere as reliable as it was before the last update. No love for the early adopters.

    • vol7ron

      07/27/2012 at 8:20 am

      I love in the video when sending a tweet “Hi from i0S 6” translates into “Five from iOS 6”.

      Apple has made a big deal out of Siri, which I see as a useless product. When I’m in public, I don’t want people to know what I’m doing on my phone. More importantly, I don’t want to listen to strangers talk to their phone.

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    07/14/2012 at 10:31 pm

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  4. Chris

    07/15/2012 at 7:25 am

    It won’t be called the iPhone 5. It will be called the new iPhone. And when people ask which iPhone you have it will be the sixth generation. Not the 5 or the 5th. 6. 6. 6. 6. 6. 6. 6.

  5. Aidi

    07/23/2012 at 11:01 am

    I agree on Jim Russ about the lag that IOS 5 had since it release last fall…I am a 3gs user that using IOS 5.1.1 that keep’s crashing sometimes….It is really a disturbing problem’s for me as user for a 3 years old phone.Some roumers said that IOS 6 only bring’s only a little bit of its feature to 3gs??I know this might sound Kanky but as a Mac user…Apple should think about this old device’s…Doesn’t mean it’s old it is forgetten right??it’s still one of Apple’s Device….

    • John

      08/03/2012 at 11:53 am

      Its cause u have a 3gs get a 4 0r higher and u wont have any problems

  6. Mubarak

    08/01/2012 at 5:11 pm

    What about siri and Arabic language
    Coming or not in Ios 6?

  7. tiochim

    08/04/2012 at 8:17 am

    Will IOS 6 bring FaceTime to Middle East! My

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