Apple's latest mobile operating system is being pushed out to devices. The company has claimed that the software adds over 200 new features.
As expected, Apple has begun pushing out iOS 6 to iPods, iPhones and iPads.
The update began going out to users overnight. Users can get it by connecting their device to their computer and launching Apple's iTunes software, or — if they're running iOS 5 — over the air from within the settings menu.
The update is more than 600MB for iPhone 4S users.
According to Apple, the update adds "over 200 new features" to iOS 5, which was released last October. Chief among them is an entirely new maps application that uses Apple's own data and changes to Siri that add more information about movies, restaurants and sports scores, as well as deep integration with Facebook.
Somewhat controversially, the update also removes features — like the built in YouTube application. Users can get a new version from Google in the App Store, released last week. The big change in the maps app also eschews Google's map data and features, like Street View, something that could arrive in another Google-made app in the coming months.
You can read more on these changes and others right here.
As with previous major releases, the update only goes out to newer iOS devices. That official list includes:
iPhones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
iPods: iPod Touch (4th generation and iPod Touch (5th generation)
iPads: iPad 2 and iPad (3rd generation).
It's worth noting that among that list, the iPhone 3GS has been discontinued. Apple has replaced it in its line-up with the iPhone 4.
Developers have had preview versions of the software since it debuted in June. Apple doled out a golden master version of the software last Wednesday, when the iPhone 5 was announced. The software comes pre-loaded on that device, which hits stores this Friday.
The update screen on an iPad 2, where the update is 548MB.
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