Apple rolls out iOS 6 software update for iPhone, iPad

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We’re still two days away from the launch of the iPhone 5, but Apple’s latest version of its iOS mobile operating system launches today. 

Around noon, Apple pushed the iOS 6 update from its servers to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. If you haven’t gotten a push notification notifying you of this over the air update (no need to plug into a computer running iTunes) here’s how to download the update yourself:

  • Visit the Settings app
  • Tap “General”
  • Tap “Software Update”
  • Tap “Download and Install”

That’s it! iOS 6 has more than 200 new features including 

  • iMessages will sync between devices
  • Siri has expanded functionality such as the ability to launch apps and pull in sports scores, movie reviews and restaurant reservations
  • Apple’s new Maps service (which replaces Google maps) with turn-by-turn directions
  • Passbook, Apple’s take on the digital wallet which stores gift cards, boarding passes, concert and sports tickets and more.