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iOS 6 for iPad Is Out Now

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iOS 6 – the latest annual major update to the iPad (and all iDevices) operating system – is out now, available to download and install.

You can update to iOS 6 over the air (if you are currently running iOS 5) or when connected to a PC and iTunes.

iOS 6 brings a total of over 200 new features, including a number of notable new features for the iPad.

I imagine Apple’s update servers will be getting hammered for at least the next few hours, so if you have the patience you might want to wait until this evening to update.

I’ve been running the developers Gold Master build for a few days now, which appears to be identical to the public release, so I’m set on the iPad – though I do need to update my iPhone later on.

Whenever you manage to get updated, let us know in the comments how it went for you and what your favorite new features are.

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iOS 6 Coming Next Week – Here are the Best New Features It Brings to the iPad

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Apple has announced that iOS 6 – the next major update to the iPad’s operating system – will be released next Wednesday, September 19. Over the last few months Apple has provided a lot of detail on some of the headline new features coming in iOS 6. I’ve run several of the iOS 6 developer betas on a new iPad 3 and had a chance to take a look at a lot of these new features.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most notable iOS 6 features that should be impressive on the iPad:

New Maps app: Apple is replacing Google Maps with a new in-house developed maps system which which looks quite impressive.

Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed — even when you zoom all the way in — and panning is smooth. Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates. Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.

Facebook Integration: Facebook is integrated throughout iOS 6. With iOS 6 we’ll be able to post photos to Facebook directly from the Camera and Photos apps, post our location directly from the Maps app, and use Siri to post on Facebook, Facebook events will be integrated in the Calendar app and Facebook friends’ profile info will be in Contacts.

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iOS 6 Tidbits – Siri’s Sports Knowledge Looks Pretty Limited

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As I mentioned recently, I’m running the first iOS 6 beta on a testing iPad and getting to know the new version of iOS, at least in its early beta stage.

One of the big new features in iOS 6 on iPad is the presence of Siri, the clever voice assistant. Siri is adding capabilities in iOS 6 too – one of them that Apple highlighted at the recent WWDC 2012 keynote event is her new sports knowledge. Apple showed off how she can tell you about all the latest scores and standings. Not surprisingly, Siri’s range of sports knowledge, at least for now, is quite limited and seems very US-centric.

I’m a huge football / soccer fan and I’m following the EURO 2012 tournament closely – so I thought I’d ask Siri about it. I asked her using a number of terms and found she’s clueless about the tournament.

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iOS 6 Coming to iPad This Fall

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Apple previewed iOS 6, the next major new version of the iPad and iPhone operating system, at their WWDC keynote event today – and announced that it will be released this fall.

iOS 6, like iOS 5 before it, boasts a large number of new features for the iPad. Here are some of the big ones that have caught my eye so far, in no particular order:

— New Maps – Apple is replacing Google Maps with a new in-house developed maps system which sounded hugely impressive at today’s event.

Map elements are vector based, so graphics and text are incredibly detailed — even when you zoom all the way in — and panning is smooth. Tilt and rotate to view an area, and Maps keeps the names of streets and places where they belong. Get visual and spoken turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic updates. Even soar over cityscapes to see the sights from the air in amazing, high-resolution quality.

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My Quick iPad and iOS 6 Wish List

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Today is Apple’s WWDC Keynote day – their keynote event is set to start at 1:00 Eastern today. The event should see Apple unveiling iOS 6, the next major new version of the iPad and iPhone operating system – which will likely be ready for public release by September or October.

iOS 5, released in October of last year, was a huge update with a slew of significant new features. The expectations for iOS 6 seem to be that it won’t be quite as substantial an update – but we’ll have to wait a few hours to see if those pan out.

In the meantime, here’s my quick rundown of what I believe is widely expected to be coming in iOS 6 and my own short wish list for it:

Here are a few of the things widely expected to be coming in iOS:

— a New Maps app that sounds very promising

— revamped design for iTunes, the iBookStore and the App Store

— major Facebook integration

— some features brought over from Mountain Lion – mail VIPs, better notification center and more

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