iOS 6 update coming to your iPhone, iPad, iPod 19 September

iOS 6 is coming to your iPhone 5, iPad or iPod touch on 19 September, with new Apple Maps, Facebook features and more.

iOS 6 is coming to your iPhone 5, iPad or iPod touch on 19 September, with new Apple Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, Facebook features, and more.

If you own an iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you can upgrade to iOS 6, although we suggest thinking hard before turbocharging your 3GS in case the phone can't cope -- iOS updates have been known to leave older phones struggling for breath .

The new iPad and iPad 2 can upgrade, but there's no iOS 6 love for the original iPad. And iOS 6 will only upgrade your iPod if you own an iPod touch fourth generation. Older iPods -- no way Pedro.

iOS 6 brings with it a new phone app, a Passbook app to store tickets and passes, FaceTime over 3G, iCloud features in Safari, and Apple's own Maps app replacing Google Maps. Press play on our video below to see the new software in action:

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The update to iOS 6 is available on 19 September. It's great that updates are so readily available, and available to everyone across the board -- take note, Android -- but we suggest you don't rush to your computer next Wednesday to update. If previous updates are anything to go by, everyone will try and download it, then wonder why it's taking so long. And by wonder why it's taking so long, we mean complain about it incessantly on Twitter.

No, our advice is to wait a day or so and save yourself the headache of a clogged-up update, as well as giving the early adopters a chance to struggle with any bugs.

The new iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch will come with iOS 6 built-in when they hit shops in October.  Click here to see which iOS 6 features won't work on your older iPhone or iPad .

Which feature of iOS 6 are you most excited about? What's still missing? Tell me your thoughts 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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