iOS 6 out now, here's how to download it

iOS 6 is out now, and you can now download a fistful of new features to your iPhone 5, iPad or iPod touch.

iOS 6 is out now for some people and should be arriving for everyone any moment. You will be able to download a fistful of new features in the latest version of Apple software to your iPhone 5, iPad or iPod touch .

iOS 6 comes with improved Safari, phone and Mail apps, new Siri options , Passbook , Do Not Disturb and Apple's own Maps app replacing Google Maps. And there's a dedicated Podcast app -- perfect for subscribing to the ear-massaging CNET UK podcast.

To download iOS 6, you need the latest iOS 5 software on your iPad, iPhone or iPod, and a Wi-Fi connection. Look out for a notification alert on your screen that the update is available, and hit Install Now to zap it wirelessly over the air to your waiting Apple gadget.

Just to be safe, back up your stuff first, and have a power cable handy. Bear in mind that the world and his dog will be banging on Apple's virtual door demanding iOS 6 as soon as it's available, and if last year's iOS 5 update is anything to go by that could mean delays.

If you're of the more patient persuasion, we suggest waiting a day or two to let the rush die down -- and let the early adopters discover the inevitable bugs. While you're waiting, hit play on our video to see iOS 6 in action.

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The new software is compatible with the iPhone 4S , iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS -- although we suggest seeing how other 3GS owners get on before uprading, as previous software updates caused older phones to struggle. The new iPad and iPad 2 can upgrade, as can the iPod touch fourth generation . Note though that not all features are available for all devices -- click here to see what your iThing won't get .

iOS 6 is built-in to the iPod touch fifth generation and iPhone 5, which goes on sale this week -- check out our in-depth review of the new iPhone 5 here.

When you do download iOS 6, let us know how you get on -- is installation a teeth-grinding chore or a painless process? Have you spotted any bugs? What do you think of the new features? Tell us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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