iOS 6 Set for Fall Debut: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Sooner Rather Than Later

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-07-18 Print this article Print

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s iOS 6 platform is launching in the fall. And when it does there will be plenty of good reasons to download the new version sooner rather than later.

Apple€™s iOS 6 operating system is launching in the fall. When it€™s finally released on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, the operating system will deliver more than 200 features, according to Apple. Among them is a promise of better security, Facebook integration and an improved email.  

By nearly all measures, and according to those who have used the operating system so far, the update is an important one€”and something that consumers and enterprise users should be excited about. 

Realizing that, it won€™t make too much sense to not upgrade to iOS 6. Yes, iOS 5 works well and it€™s undoubtedly appealing or else folks wouldn€™t be using it, but Apple has a knack for making its latest updates awfully appealing. And for the vast majority of consumers and enterprise users, not upgrading to the new operating system would be a downright mistake. 

Wondering why? Read on to find out why everyone should upgrade to iOS 6 this fall when it€™s released. 

1. Expect enhanced security

One of the nice things about Apple€™s iOS updates is that they typically come with enhanced security. In this case, that means iOS 6 will do a better job of keeping your data out of the hands of cyber-criminals. Better security is always a good reason to upgrade. 

2. Facebook integration for the social junkies 

When Apple launched iOS 5, it included Twitter integration across its many applications. Now, though, Apple has offered up Facebook integration across iOS 6. What that means is users will be able to check in on Contacts and send out updates to their Timeline, all from within the built-in applications in iOS 6. 

3. Siri for the iPad 

When Apple launched the new iPad, the market hoped that it would work with Siri. However, the company€™s slate only delivered voice dictation. In iOS 6, however, Siri support is coming. If that€™s not a good enough reason to update the iPad with iOS 6, what is? 

4. An all-new Maps 

Apple has decided to ditch Google Maps in favor of its own mobile mapping solution. Simply dubbed Maps, the application comes with full 3D integration and some awfully nice visuals most users would like. Will it be better than Google Maps? Who knows? But it€™s worth finding out. 

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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