The iPhone 5 might be Apple’s most recent hardware development, but the iOS 6 Software is where most of the day-to-day improvements in users’ lives will happen. With iOS software already running in iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, the new update promises to touch a lot of people – users with an iPhone 3GS on up will be able to download the new software for free.
Of course, if you already use an iPhone, you already know that the software may be the most important element of your experience. So what’s new in the iPhone iOS 6 software that you couldn’t do before? What will iPhone users notice most about the update? Let’s take a look at just a few of the most important changes in the software upgrade.
New Features and Functions
There are a number of new features and functions that will be immediately obvious to anyone who’s been using an older software version for a little while. These changes include:
- No more Google Maps: instead, the iOS 6 is offering its own mapping software. Google Maps will still be available, but it won’t be the default version of maps used, for example, if you’re using the GPS. Another bonus: 3D maps that are getting rave reviews from bloggers around the world.
- Updated photo sharing: It’s now possible to share photos instantly with other people provided they also have the technology to do so.
- Siri’s capabilities: Siri can now handle even more tasks for you – as if you didn’t rely on her enough already! – such as posting status updates on Facebook and Twitter or launching apps.
- Greater Facebook integration: It’s now easier to use Facebook through your iPhone, oftentimes directly through apps (such as directly posting your location through the default map software). You can also easily integrate your calendar with Facebook events.
These, of course, are just a handful of the updates made available through the new software updates – a fullerlist is available through the Apple iOS web site.
How to Get It, and What it Costs
If you’ve been reading through the list of updates while salivating over the possibilities, then your next questions will probably be about logistics. How can you get this new software, and what will it cost you?
The answer to this question is good news if you’ve already been using a similar piece of software; Apple is making the iOS 6 update free for people who have been using the iPhone 3GS and newer, 4th or 5th generation iPod Touch, and the iPad 2. In other words, if you’ve already been keeping up to date with Apple’s mobile software by using the latest Apple devices, you’ll have no problem securing iOS 6 for yourself. Simply use your Apple device to access Settings > General > Software Update and you should be ready to download the software update. Many Apple users are reporting that the software is smoother, faster, and generally a good step forward for a company that continues to innovate.
Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for Sunrise Software, which offers three different IT service desk software packages depending on your needs.