Apple releases iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Apple releases iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Ladies and gentlemen, start your updates! As promised, Apple has just put iOS 6 in general release.

Here's our MASSIVE review:

Here's how to update:

Let us know if you're updating OTA, or doing a clean install over iTunes, how long the download looks like it's going to take, and most importantly -- when you're up and running iOS 6!

REMINDER: It might take a while for the OTA update to popup, keep calm and keep checking. I imagine Apple's servers will get hit something fierce today...

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Apple releases iOS 6 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad


Downloading OTA via WIFI at work...
Started at 49 min to go, went to 7 min to go, then to 6 min to go... now at 2 hours remaining... LOL

Me too. Downloading at the moment OTA
41 mins > 11 mins > 36 mins > 1 mins (which lasted for 10 mins) > back up to 34 > & now it's 1 mins remaining for the past 7 mins :D

checking over iTunes and over the air, it says "the version of the ipad software 5.1.1 is the current version" what gives?

Not showing up here yet, either (both OTA and iTunes). Wonder if they're doing a geographically phased rollout?

downloading now. it showed up about 10-15 mins ago but it said you need 2.5gb of free space. almost half-way done.

Downloading now in San Francisco via a Verizon MiFi device. Download is pretty fast too, I seem to remember iOS 5 being a bit slow

i had to click on check for update several times before it gave me option to download ios 6 !!! remember millions of ppl are trying to do the same thing at this very minute.

Still no update where I'm at in Asheville, NC... I guess I'll just keep trying. Hopefully this will hold me off until I get my iPhone 5 on Friday... :)

i just got the available update. downloading now but it may probably not go completely through, as it was happening with 5.1.1 a year ago

OTA showed up in iPad 2 a couple of minutes ago. Downloading thru iTunes on iPhone 4. Both say about 5 min to download.

wasn't showing up at first for my iPhone 4 or iPad 3, but now it has shown up for both OTA. Just try to keep checking for a software update. Going pretty fast, too. 7-10 minutes remaining and just started.

Im downloading OTA... 2.4GB free needed? oh well.. delete songs till later.

Im jumping between 5 min and 2 hours remaining.

I don't think it's area specific like East Coast or not. I'm in CT and it showed up around 12:50 which clearly surprised me.

Downloading over WiFi/OTA on a iPod 4G as we speak. Got it around 1:10pm EST. jumped around with times to download for a bit am now at Preparing Update.

Just got mine in Orlando! Download was quick... But it's stuck in "Preparing Update" on my phone! UH Oh!!!

OTA download is going super slow for my 4S. I also have iTunes downloading the new iPad update on the same connection and about 20 minutes left; 1.08 GB total. Looks like I'll have to head back to work without it on my phone.

iPad is done and iPhone4 is on its last phase of the update. The latter is taking much longer to download but is now quickly getting to the end.

Took my iPad2 quite a while "preparing". I would advise not letting it go to sleep. The first time I tried to install it OTA it went to sleep and when i came back to it there was an "error".

I have an unlocked iphone 4 running ios 5 that I currently use with t-mobile. The guy that sold it to me said he unlocked directly with at&t because his contract was over. If I upgrade to ios6 would that affect anything with my iphone being unlocked?

South Africa's internet has to be the slowest internet in the world... been downloading for an hour and a half almost and the time remaining just creeps up the whole time...

I started my OTA download at 12:45 PM Central time...just finished & am restarting the phone at 1:45 PM. I don't know what this really means time-wise as I'm using free public wi-fi at work. At least I didn't have issues like I did with iOS 5...well done, Apple.

I updated to iOS 6 earlier and for some reason my app store isn't updated anymore. It shows the darker UI but not the new layouts. It did at first but now it's back to the old layout. anyone else have this problem?

I'm stuck in limbo. Completed the download and it finished the first reboot, but now I'm stuck on the a black screen/white Apple logo and progress bar, but it won't complete. I've been here for about 30 minutes. Suggestions?

OTA update done. Seems much slower and apps (including imore) randomly crashing. 64 gig iPhone 4S AT&T

OTA update on my phone is done. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but it took about an hour and 20 minutes to download and process. It's a late day at work for me, so I'll be updating my iPad OTA as well.

Got it about an hour ago in Northern NJ. Updated three devices including iPad. Working great on everything so far. Feels snappier to boot. What I love the most so far? No more having to put my Apple ID password in for each new app update. Updates on auto now. Sweet. Still playing around with stuff.

iPhone 4 with no service installed and updated to IOS6 over MIFI in less then 1 hour Miami,FL

iMore still crashing like crazy, but it seems only when trying to read the iOS6 review
Hard reset and all. Still seems slow as molasses.

I started downloading at 9:38 am PST on my iPhone 4S & iPad (3) at the same time and although it took awhile (about 2 hrs total) everything went well. Did notice that after OTA download I had to update many of my apps which took some time. I had made sure that all my apps were updated before the download but many more needed to be upgraded. Overall, not a bad experience.

Downloaded this a couple hours ago at work and everything seemed to be fine until I got home and now my iPhone wont connect to my wifi router. Wheni select it, it shows that I'm on wifi but couple seconds later it boots off and goes into 3G. I rebooted my phone and still the same thing. What should I do?

ditto. installed ios 6.0 and now no Wifi. WTH? I'm on my home network and only get cellular data. WTH.....