How To Update to iOS 6 From iTunes/Manually

Apple has finally released the iOS 6 update for its line-up of iDevices. The new version of iOS brings with it a new Maps app, and more than 200 new features and changes.

If you are new to the Apple world or are unsure on how to update your latest Apple iDevice to the latest version of iOS 6, here is a step-by-step guide to automatically install the update -:

How To Update to iOS 6 Through iTunes

Step 1: Connect your device to iTunes using the USB cable.

Step 2: Once iTunes has detected your device, click on the device name in the left hand menu and click on the “Check for Update” in the device description box.

Step 3: Apple will show you a popup message as seen above if an update for your device is available. Click on the “Download and Update” button.

Step 4: Apple will download the iOS 6 update and install it on your device. It is important that you DO NOT disconnect the device from the computer during the process. It is also recommended to keep your laptop plugged in to the power outlet during the process.

That’s it. The process might take around 10-30 minutes depending on how long it takes to download the update to your computer and install it. Once iOS 6 is installed, iTunes will sync your device and you can use it again.

How To Update to iOS 6 Manually

In some cases, the iTunes update process might not work for you for several reasons. In those cases, you can also update your device to iOS 6 manually. Here are the steps to manually update your device to iOS 6.

Step 1: Download the iOS 6 IPSW file for your device from here.

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable and wait for iTunes to detect it.

Step 3: Once your device has been detected – follow the steps given below for different OS.

  • For Windows – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.
  • For Mac OS X – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

Step 4: In the next dialog browse to the file that you downloaded from Step 1 and select the IPSW file.

Step 5: iTunes will now use the IPSW file and update your device to iOS 6. The process should take around 10-20 minutes.

That’s it. Your device will be updated to iOS 6 with ease. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments box below.

Apple Releases iOS 6

During Apple’s media event last week, the company revealed that iOS 6 will be released on September 19th. As expected, Apple has released iOS 6 to the public. The update is now available to users of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Users can update their device either by connecting their device to iTunes and clicking the “Check for Update” button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update. However, it can take a few minutes for the update to show up to all users.

iOS 6 offers 200 new features. Siri is enhanced to offer movie information, sport scores, and the option to easily post to Facebook and Twitter. In addition, the Passbook app hold tickets, passes, and payment cards for participating businesses. Also, Safari offers full-screen mode for better browsing and iCloud tabs to save your open tabs and offer immediate access to them on your other iOS devices and your computer.

iOS 6 supports the third-generation iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod touch. It will also ship on the iPhone 5, which launches on Friday, and on the fifth-generation iPod touch launching next month.

I have been using iOS 6 for the past week now and it is great. iOS continues to be the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and iOS 6 takes the OS to a new milestone.

 

Apple’s Entire Design Team Travels to London for Award Acceptance

The London Evening Standard reports that Apple design chief Jonathan Ive and his entire team made a trip to London yesterday in order to accept a prestigious award from Design and Art Direction (D&AD). The acceptance  of the award, which recognized Apple design team as “the best brand and the best design studio of the last 50 years”, was reportedly the first time the entire team attended such a ceremony. All 16 members of Ive’s team declined to make any public comment. The team of 14 men and two women attended to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the advertising industry.

D&AD, or Design and Art Direction, is a British educational charity that promotes excellence in design and advertising. Ive and his team have known to work in extreme secrecy on Apple’s campus. Earlier this year, Jonathan Ive was awarded knighthood. Congratulations to everyone at Apple.

iPhone 5 Javascript Benchmarks Over Twice as Fast

Earlier this week, we reported that the iPhone 5’s A6 processor is blazing fast. Now a test of the iPhone 5’s A6 processor reported a super quick score on SunSpider’s JavaScript benchmarking tool. Apple’s A6 processor even outperforms Intel’s Atom Z2460 processor. AnandTech was able to run SunSpider v 0.9.1 on an iPhone 5 review unit, and reported that the A6 chip came up with a result of a whopping 914.7 milliseconds, outspacing the second place Lava XOLO X900’s time of 1279.4. The Lava XOLO runs a single-core Intel Atom Z2460 Penwell SoC built on the chip maker’s Medfield platform.

In this test, smaller numbers are better. The final score of 914.7ms beats all of the other devices on the chart and is the fastest SunSpider test AnandTech has recorded for a smartphone. The iPhone 5 is two and a half times as fast as the iPhone 4S (2250ms) and much faster than the Samsung Galaxy S III (1442.9-1824.9ms).

Apple’s Stock Price Passes $700 for the First Time Ever In After-market Trading

After Apple announced that over 2 million pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had been placed within the first 24 hours of availability, AAPL soared past $700 in after hours trading on Monday. The company’s share price has been sailing towards the $700 mark since Apple’s strong third quarter earnings call in July. Around this time last year, Apple was trading around the $400 mark.

Apple continues to be the world’s most publicly traded company. Back in February, AAPL broke the $500 billion market capitalization mark, then through $600 billion in April. Apple is now worth more than $650 billion, which is $225 billion more than second-place ExxonMobil or about one Google. This Friday, the iPhone 5 is set to go on sale in nine countries. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. Apple is expected to easily surpass this number.

Apple Announces over Two Million iPhone 5 Pre-orders in First 24 Hours of Sales

Today morning, Apple announced that pre-orders of the iPhone 5 had exceeded over 2 million in the first 24 hours alone. To put this in perspective, this is more than double that of the iPhone 4S. Last year, the iPhone 4S was the largest product debut ever for Apple, selling a whopping 4 million in the first three days of availability. I would predict that the iPhone 5’s launch will easily surpass this number.

“iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”

Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. The iPhone 5 will be available beginning this Friday, September 21st. Last night, we reported that the first iPhone 5 pre-orders have begun shipping. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.

 

 

Apple A6 SoC – Not A15, But Much More Efficient Than Competing SoCs

When Apple announced the iPhone 5, the company mentioned that the device had a 2x faster processor without providing anymore information on the SoC. Apple’s claims led many to believe that the iPhone 5 is going to be the first handset in the market to sport a Cortex-A15 based SoC.

Sadly, as the folks at AnandTech found out, the iPhone 5 does not sport an A15 based SoC. Instead, it sports a custom dual-core hybrid Cortex-A9 and A15 CPU from Apple.

Apple going the custom core way for the A6 SoC shows how much the Cupertino giant is dedicated towards the iOS ecosystem. By making its own custom core, Apple can further tighten the iOS experience, which will ultimately benefit the end users.

So, how does the A6 SoC stack against the quad-core Exynos SoC inside the Galaxy S3 and other competing SoCs?

A Geek Bench 2 result of the A6 SoC shows that Apple has only clocked the CPU at 1GHz, which is fairly conservative for a 32nm based SoC. The new iPhone 5 scores 1601 in GeekBench 2, while the International Galaxy S3 scores 1781. Even though the Exynos SoC inside the SGS3 managed to beat the iPhone 5, the A6 SoC inside the iPhone 5 is clearly much more powerful. The A6 SoC has two less cores, and is clocked at a fairly conservative 1.02GHz and yet manages to come very near to the Galaxy S3 in GeekBench 2.

Apart from the Exynos SoC, the A6 inside the iPhone 5 is easily able to beat all other SoCs found in other Android devices including the Nexus 7 (Tegra 3), and the HTC One X (Qualcomm S4 Krait).

The A6 SoC also has phenomenal memory performance, which has generally been a weak point of ARM based CPUs. The SoC is also rumored to sport a PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU clocked at higher speeds than found on the iPhone 4S. Head over to AnandTech for an excellent analysis of the Geek Bench 2 results.

First iPhone 5 Orders Have Begun Shipping

AppleInsider reports that the customers were the first among to pre-order the iPhone 5 from Apple have started to see updates that their orders are shipping from China.

Even though iPhone 5 orders are now shipping, the packages are still scheduled to be delivered on Friday, September 21, which is the product’s launch date. The screenshot below shows that the shipment started to show “in transit” on Sunday, Sept. 16. The delivery is now on its way from ZhengZhou, China.

However, on Apple’s website, orders are still being shown as “preparing for shipment,” but some people have been able to track their iPhone 5 order via a reference number. In the past, some iPhone preorders have arrived than product launch date. Usually most orders arrive on launch date though.

Apple was “blown away” by the response to the iPhone 5 and the “Available to ship” time on the company’s US store website continues to show a window of 2-3 weeks. So much for a “disappointing” iPhone.

iPhone 5 Has 1GB of RAM

On Wednesday, Apple announced the iPhone 5. The new iPhone offers some incredible new improvements including the use of a new A6 processor. It has been widely rumored that Apple would increase the RAM in the new iPhone from 512MB to 1GB, but there wasn’t any confirmation. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 both offer 512MB RAM.

iFan first posted confirmation that the iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM based on the part numbers listed on the A6 chip itself. After a bit of research, iFixit was also able to confirm their findings, using Samsung’s own product guides. The chart shown below is from Samsung’s 2012 Product Solutions Guide (PDF) which lists part numbers of various memory parts they have for sale.

The part numbers of the iPhone 5’s A6 match with the group of 8 Gigabit mobile DRAMs which translates into 1GB of RAM.

People Are Desensitized to Product Evolution

Quite a lot of vocal people on social networks are, anyways.

When Apple executives took the stage yesterday to officially announce the iPhone 5, many were underwhelmed, with a feeling of “that’s it?”

This could partially be due to the early leaks over the past few months that preceded the device, but even that only played a relatively small part in it. It’s not a new phenomenon, and we’ve seen it with, well, almost every iPhone release following the first in 2007. Especially with more incremental updates to the device, such as the 3GS and 4S.

Another part of it could be the questioning of Apple’s approach to products, which was even experienced by the first-generation iPhone. What I mean is, the company doesn’t pride itself on being the first to certain features, but rather the best. This approach may not be favorable to enthusiasts who want to have the latest technology as soon as possible, but it clearly works just fine with the masses. To me, this approach can be debated on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes, the amount of time that it takes for Apple to implement something (the ability to take panoramic photos from the native camera app, for example), can be perplexing. One more significant feature that enthusiasts are questioning the omission of in the iPhone 5 is NFC, which fellow writer Manan wrote about on his Svbtle blog.

When the first iPhone was released, it lacked a number of features that competing smartphones on the market already offered, and yet it was still loved by consumers and clearly changed the face of the mobile industry. Apple’s strategy is to focus on getting core features right — nailing the user experience of said features — then playing catch up to implement other features from competing devices. So yes, part of the criticism — from enthusiasts, at least — is based on “x already has this feature, so why should we care again?”

But there’s another, far more significant factor at play here that has little to do with the actual merits of the evolutionary device itself.

Like a drug where people just can’t seem to once again experience the feeling of the first high, people are hoping to relive the experience of the first iPhone announcement with each new iPhone. People passionate about Apple — and even just technology in general — are hoping that the company will reveal something that’s completely game-changing. Something that changes everything once again. Average consumers also want a very, very significant update to the device to justify purchasing it.

Even though Apple changed almost everything with the new iPhone — increased display, better display, revamped design, better camera, new adapter, battery improvements, new headphones, iOS 6 — people are still underwhelmed because these are all things that they expect. Faster, thinner, better battery life, better display; these are all things that we’ve grown to become entitled to of incremental phone updates.

Here’s an excellent analogy that compares Apple’s school of thought with the Porsche 911. While remaining, in a way, similar to the first incarnation, significant steps forward were taken throughout its gradual evolution.

The iPhone 5 is a colossal — still evolutionary — update that was inevitable, really, but people are still underwhelmed. And it’s not because the new device sucks, or lacks NFC, or has too large/small of a screen. It’s because people are desensitized to these incremental, evolutionary updates — no matter how good they may be — and are waiting for Apple to do something revolutionary.