IOS 6 is certainly worth iPhone or iPad users downloading, unless you heavily rely on Google apps. Besides Apple's map fail, iOS 6 is a solid operating system, adding a number of small tweaks that make life that little bit easier.
Improved phone app, Safari browser, Do Not Disturb feature
Apple Maps isn't up to scratch, download weighs in at 2.5GB
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system is finally here, iOS 6, making its debut on the iPhone 5.
Despite reports of Wi-Fi issues and a couple of problems with the iTunes Store, Apple's rollout process seems to have gone more smoothly than it did last year, furnishing users of ageing iOS platforms with many new features without much trouble.
We've installed iOS 6 on an iPhone 4, an iPhone 4S and a 'new' iPad, and have been impressed with the features so far even though there are no major changes. New features include Apple's new Maps application and a refreshed Safari web browser, and updated email and phone features.
Thankfully, installing iOS 6 wasn't the three-hour nightmare we experienced installing iOS 5, although this might have been because we downloaded it a few hours after the initial rush. We installed the upgrade over the air, which took around 15 minutes, without any hiccups.
However, it's worth noting that the update weighs in at a hefty 2.5GB and we've spoken with a number of people who simply don't have enough space left on their device to install it.
You'd be forgiven for not noticing the user interface (UI) tweaks that iOS 6 brings with it, as the main UI remains largely unchanged.
For example, among these subtle tweaks is a new blue status bar when you're viewing it inside an app, and newly-downloaded applications now come with a "New" sash around them until you fire them up for the first time.
One of the major redesigns is the look of the iTunes and App Store applications, which boast a clean, refreshing appearance. Apps are now displayed in a horizontal row and you can browse by swiping your finger right to left, a welcome improvement compared to the clunky App Store of old.
Phone and messaging
The Phone app on iOS has long been due for a refresh, and that's exactly what it got with iOS 6. As well as giving the dialler a lick of paint, Apple has added a number of new options for ignoring calls. If you're too busy to take a call, you can now reply to the caller with a message, apologising that you're unable to speak or saying you'll call back in a few minutes. There's also an option to set a reminder so you don't forget to call back.
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