When to update iOS 6?

iOS 6 is being released today.  For those new to Apple devices, iOS 6 is the new operating system for the iPhones, iPads and iPods.  The big question is when to update your device.  The website iPhoneinCanada.ca posted an article today entitled “iOS 6 WiFi Problems Occur After Update”.  People were reporting that they lost their WiFi connectivity after updating to iOS 6.  Later on the article was updated to report that the problem with connectivity was not related to the iOS 6 but to another Apple problem that is now resolved.

To date, I haven’t been able to find any consistent problems that are happening with the iOS 6 on the internet.  One thing to be aware of is that you need to have a certain amount of memory (2.5 GB) available on your idevice in order to install iOS 6.  (To find out how much you have, go to Settings – General – Usage – and it will show at the top of the screen how much storage is available and how much is used).

When iOS was updated to version 5 last year, a number of people had difficulty with their program crashing while it was in the middle of the download.  My experience back then was that it took hours to download.  Consider that millions of people have idevices, and millions will be trying to download iOS 6 at the same time.  If you are not tech savy or if you have a slow internet connection, you may want to wait a couple of weeks and let others test out downloading the new system.

UPDATE: I updated my parent’s iPad 2 over WiFi  September 21st around 5 pm, and it took 20 minutes.  I then did my iPhone 4, and it took 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The longer time might have been because I had the minimum memory space left or the network was busier.  The new iOS 6 has its own map version (Google Maps is gone) and no longer has the You Tube on it.  If you or your clients rely on Google Maps, you may want to keep iOS 5 for now.  iOS 6 is having difficulty with its Maps app – I entered a Vancouver address on West 4th Avenue, and it took me first to West Mall out at UBC, and on my second try it took me to West Meadows in Pitt Meadows which is 26 miles away from the intended address.  The new Maps version does not have street view and it does not have the convenient link to show your transit route options/times.  As for You Tube, you will lose your You Tube favorites once you download iOS 6, so you may want to save (or write down the video names the old fashioned way) before starting the download. I’ll post more in the comment section when I have tried out some alternatives for the missing apps.

So what are your plans?  Have you downloaded iOS 6?  If so, let us know how it went for you in our comment section.


3 thoughts on “When to update iOS 6?

  1. If you updated to iOS 6 and thought you lost your YouTube Favorites List, it is still in your idevice. Go to Safari, click on your bookmarks, and you should see a file that says “YouTube” . You will find your YouTube favorites there, but they will be listed by address, instead of title, so you will have to hunt around to find the ones you want.

    You can download the official YouTube app at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube/id544007664?mt=8. If you want to set up a favorites list, you will need to create a YouTube account but you can view videos without an account.

    I have downloaded a link to google maps, and set up an icon for it on my iPhone screen. You can do this by going to http://www.google.ca/mobile/maps. It does not work as seamlessly as the app did on iOS 5, but it works far more accurately than the iOS 6 Maps.

  2. If you want to get transit directions, you can still get them for free from the google.maps – iphoneincanada.ca has directions at http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/iphone-5-2/get-transit-directions-in-ios-6-via-google-maps-on-the-web/

    If you find this has too many steps, and want a simpler interface, you can download the app, TransitMap by Olivier Carbonneau ($0.99 compatible for iPhone/iPad) at http://itunes.apple.com/app/id562134778 . It does not cover all cities, but it does cover the Vancouver area. I tried comparing a few location trips on this app with the info from Google Maps, and the results matched. Google Maps seemed to show more alternative routes than the TransitMap.

    For both solutions, you need to enable location services on your idevice (Settings – Privacy – Locations services – Safari or TransitMaps).

    If you’d like to see TransitMap in more detail, post your request here in comments, and I will do a review on it.

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