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Today, millions of people using a variety of Apple’s iOS devices will get a free upgrade to their latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. Find out what the most interesting iOS 6 features are while you’re downloading!

Announced back in June during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), iOS 6 has finally been released to the public. The new mobile operating system is being released alongside Apple’s long-hyped iPhone 5, which will be arriving on doorsteps and on the tables of Apple stores this Friday.

However, iPhone 5 users aren’t the only Apple users who get to experience the latest iOS 6 features. If you have any one of the following devices, you too will be able to download iOS 6:

  • iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5)
  • iPod touch (4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad 2 and the new iPad

So what are some of the iOS 6 features you can expect? We’ve broken down the top 8 features that you’re going to want to use when you’ve got the new operating system on your device (in no particular order).

1. All new Maps app

Say goodbye to your former Google Maps app. Apple has built an all new Maps app from the ground up. The new Maps will include:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • 3D mode (with flyover which let’s you zoom in to cities and see a 3D rendering)
  • A sleeker, more Apple-friendly design

2. Facebook integration

Much like Twitter integration in iOS 5, Facebook has now been integrated throughout all of iOS 6. You can now import all of your Facebook contacts directly to your Contacts app, post statuses directly from your notification center, and share links directly from Safari.

3. Siri enhancements

If you have an iPhone 4S or 5 you have Siri built in to your device. With iOS 6, Siri gets some enhancements including:

  • The ability to reveal sports scores
  • Make restaurant reservations
  • Show you a list of movies playing in your area
  • Launch apps for you
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter without ever having tapped the screen!

4. FaceTime over cellular

In iOS 6, for those with FaceTime enabled devices, you are able to FaceTime over cellular. In previous versions of iOS you were only able to FaceTime over WiFi. But be careful with this, because some carriers are charging extra for the use of this feature of cellular.

5. Phone enhancements

Have you ever received a call and you can’t take it and wish you could just hurry up and text them that you’re in class or in a meeting? iOS 6 makes that a lot easier for you. Now, a new call screen allows you to swipe up to reveal multiple options. You can decline, remind yourself later, or reply with a message. The reply with a message feature allows you to directly reply with a preconceived text, or gives you the option to immediately create one yourself.

6. Passbook

You know how you have gift cards for Target, iTunes, Starbucks and a variety of other retail outlets? Or, you know how you hate carrying your boarding pass around in an airport because you’re always afraid you’ll lose it and miss your flight? Apple has now created an app that combines all of these physical issues in to one simple, easy-to-use app. Just load the information from your gift card or boarding pass right into the app and have it there all in one spot. You can then pull out your phone and have a clerk scan the bar code on the screen rather than your physical card.

Apple better explains Passbook here:

With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.

7. Mail enhancements

The new Mail app comes with some pretty cool new features that will enhance your user experience on an iOS device:

  • VIP – you can now assign certain contacts as VIP which will notify you on your lock screen as well as filter in to a special VIP folder in your inbox
  • You can also now add photos and videos in to your emails as you are composing them (as opposed to copy and pasting from the Photos app as before)

8. Camera with panorama

Now, you can take panoramic pictures straight from the Camera app itself. Just tap the Panorama option and your iPhone or iPod touch will guide you to swipe across your field of vision at a particular pace, and voila! This feature is only available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation).



There are apparently 200 new features to iOS 6, but these eight seem to really enhance the overall user experience. Do you have iOS 6 yet? If so let us know what you like and don’t like about it in the comments section below.

For more details about all of the features included in iOS 6 check out Apple.com.

  • http://twitter.com/Terranceus Terrance Pinkston Jr

    Still isn’t here yet. I’m guessing the update is going to be rolling out slowly? Trying OTA, and iTunes every few minutes.

    • http://twitter.com/kas98 Kyle Stewart

      It is only available in (most of) North America at 1PM Eastern… London, for example is going to be waiting until 6PM Local Time, and it may be the same in other places.

      Hope that helps!

      • http://twitter.com/kas98 Kyle Stewart

        Also, only iPhone 3GS+, iPad 2+ and iPod Touch 4th Gen+.

  • http://twitter.com/BeingPersephone Kate Sanders®

    I tried to get the update but it isn’t available yet! Guess I’ll just have to keep checking throughout the day since the hour of the release is still unclear.

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      It should be rolling out right now. If you don’t get a push notification from your phone just go into your settings – general- software update and it’ll check for you. :)

    • http://twitter.com/kas98 Kyle Stewart

      It is only available in (most of) North America at 1PM Eastern… London, for example is going to be waiting until 6PM Local Time, and it may be the same in other places.

      Hope that helps!

  • Megan

    It’s not released today – the announcement was. Most likely the update will appear when the iPhone 5 officially comes out.

    • jubjub

      i’m downloading it right now…

    • http://twitter.com/kas98 Kyle Stewart

      Actually, the announcement was last Tuesday. iOS 6 is available today, the iPhone 5 on the 21st, and iPod Touch/Nano in October.

      You would have been right on almost every iPhone release (except of course… this one)

  • http://twitter.com/Terranceus Terrance Pinkston Jr

    It’s downloading for me. If you can’t get an OTA update, just go through iTunes. You have to have 10.7 though.

  • Tyrell

    1 PM EST is comes out. Currently downloading it at 1:08 EST.

  • John Murphy

    Downloading it now :)

  • John Murphy

    Downloading it now

  • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

    I’m downloading it now. I’m especially impressed with Passbook, considering that I travel a lot.

  • Amanda

    I liked the music section better before…

  • RumbleroarLuna

    And this is why I need a newer iPod…

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Wow that all looks so cool. Especially the “can’t talk right now…” enhancement.

  • sza22

    darn i was hoping my ipod touch 3rd gen would get it. oh well :(

  • Jacob

    If I didn’t have a 3rd gen iPod, I’d gladly get it. Passbook seems really handy…like a wallet on your phone.

  • Doogel

    Can’t decide if I wanna keep my Jailbreak or update.. agh. Any advice?

    • Dana

      update then re-jailbreak

  • Alex Anderlik

    It’s amazing how the iPhone has gone from leading the smartphone industry to (barely) keeping up with the latest hardware and software. I had an iPhone 4 but replaced it with an HTC One X this summer. iPhone 5/iOS 6 literally have no features that aren’t equal or better on my Android phone, which was announced a full 7 months ago.

  • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

    I presume Hypable will cover flagship releases of all the major OS upgrades now then…

    • Matilda

      You know what they say about people who assume…

      • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

        Yeah, I know. It was a sarcastic comment, as I know for pretty much certain that they won’t.

  • Lacey Lyons

    Does it just pop up in the updates automatically?

  • Molly

    They added a bunch of new Emojis that are really great!!!!!! I LOOVE them

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