Last night Apple released iOS 6.  If you are wondering what that means to you and why should you care?

Here is a quick primer for you.

An “OS” is an operating system.  That is the underlying software on any device that gives it the user interface, look and feel etc.  The operating system is the software that allows all the other programs and apps to work.

Apple's new iOS6

•  On Apple computers, the OS is MAC OS X. You are familiar with such OS names as Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion etc.
•  On Windows computers the OS has been called Windows.  Different versions have been Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista, and soon Windows 8.
•  On Android devices the OS is called (get this) Android. The different versions have code names such as: Cup Cake, Donut, Eclair, … Honey Comb, and Ice Cream.
•  On Apple mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod) the name of the OS is iOS. The different versions are numbered: iOS4, iOS5, and now iOS 6.

In iOS 6, Apple added a bunch of new features.  Mostly, these were improvements on existing features. They tell us there are over 200 new features.  However, the actual number depends on which version of each device you have.

New iOS6 Features-Upgrades

For instance, with the new iPhone 5 you get all the new features.  With the iPhone 4S and iPad 3rd generation, you get most of the features.  The iPhone 3GS gets some of the features, and the iPad 1, doesn’t get any. That is, the iOS 6 upgrade is not even available for the original iPad.

Please check back for my summary of the new iOS 6 Features.

For Apple’s list of their new iOS 6 features, click HERE. For their availability by location, click HERE.

NOTE: The iOS upgrades are free.

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