Enterprises Must Test iOS 6 Before Implementing It

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-09-19 Print this article Print

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.

6. Be sure the purchases are safe

After buying all kinds of music, movies and apps, the worst thing that could happen is they aren't backed up and lost. Nowadays, it's simple enough to get all of that back by sifting through Apple's servers to see what was purchased, but who wants to deal with that? Make sure purchases are backed up before downloading iOS 6.

7. Check out iCloud

Apple's iCloud is becoming an increasingly important component in the iOS experience. The platform synchronizes content across multiple platforms, ensures that apps are all available and keeps music downloads in order, to name just a few important tasks. But sometimes, iCloud can get messed up. When moving to iOS 6, having iCloud in disarray is a real problem. Don't forget to check iCloud before jumping to iOS 6.

8. For enterprise users, test, test, test

In the corporate world, testing new operating systems before they're deployed across employee products is an absolute necessity. iOS 6 shouldn't be treated any differently. All IT staff should be ready to test iOS 6 before it's authorized for use to access corporate apps or data.

9. Consider the device you're running

Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 will take full advantage of all the features available in iOS 6. The same is true for the iPhone 4S. However, those who own the iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS will miss out on several updates, including the improved Siri, turn-by-turn GPS features and even Panorama. Owners of those devices will need to determine if they want a fully functional iOS 5 or a hobbled iOS 6.

10. Decide if it's really necessary

When it comes time to download iOS 6, users should take a second and determine if it's really necessary. Sure, it comes with a few improvements, but as with any new operating system, there's a good chance that iOS 6 will go through some growing pains and updates before everything runs smoothly. Sometimes, it's better to wait things out and see what happens. After all, there's nothing wrong with upgrading after an update or two is released. In fact, as Windows users know all too well, sometimes, it's the best move.

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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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