What to Consider Before Upgrading to iOS 6

Apple's iOS 6 is now available for download to later generation iPhones and iPads. But potential users should carefully consider a number of factors before deciding to upgrade to the new operating system.

It's official: Apple's iOS 6 became generally available at 1 p.m. on Sept. 19. With its release, many Apple users are wasting no time in downloading the latest version of the company's mobile operating system.

And why not? Apple's operating system comes with more than 200 improvements, including a better Siri and Passbook, and offers the best security yet. For consumers and enterprise users alike, it looks to be a great option.

However, not everyone will jump at the chance to download iOS 6 right after its release. The corporate world, especially, is loath to switch to new operating systems before thoroughly testing them. Despite many consumers abiding love for the platform, not all iPhone owners want to disrupt their existing mobile device configuration for something new. To some folks, they'll get around to iOS 6 when they have the time or when they really need to.

There are factors that will likely convince many individual and companies not to rush into upgrading to OS 6. The following factors might also help them keep in mind the many things they should do before they decide to upgrade to Apple's latest operating system.

Read on to learn more:

1. Google Maps is gone

Before upgrading to iOS 6, remember that Google Maps won t be available any longer. Instead, Apple has replaced the application with its own alternative, Maps. Those who rely heavily on Google Maps might want to stick with iOS 5. Or, if they definitely need to download iOS 6, they should download Google Maps from the Apple's App Store.

2. YouTube is gone, too

If that's not enough, Apple has also eliminated YouTube from the operating system. Now, users that want to watch YouTube videos will either need to go to the browser to watch clips or download the application from the App Store. This factor is enough to convince may users to stick with iOS 5.

3. Backup, backup, backup

Those who are definitely going to upgrade to iOS 6 should be sure to back up your current iOS configuration first. Although most updates are painless, there are always cases where the device is bricked or stops working and requires a restore. Having the latest backup available is vastly important.

4. Be sure to upgrade iTunes

Apple has offered up iTunes version 10.7 for iOS 6 downloaders. Although the update will be made available over-the-air, users will still need to have iTunes 10.7 installed. Keep that in mind before jumping into the great beyond with iOS 6.

5. Get the apps ready

One of the most important things to do before updating to iOS 6 is make sure all applications are up-to-date. Although the updates can be completed after the operating system is downloaded, making sure the system is fully configured and ready to go before iOS 6 is added is always a good practice.

This article was originally published on 09-20-2012
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