Tech.Tips: Download the Final Build of iOS6 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Today

Tech.Tips: Download the Final Build of iOS6 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Today

Although the “official” launch of iOS6 isn’t until Wednesday, you can install the developer GM build right now. Usually Apple verifies beta software updates using iTunes and the developer’s UDID, however, GM builds are typically open to unregistered “developers” too. Just to clarify, iOS6 GM is the final version Apple will be releasing to the public on Wednesday.

Here are the steps:
1) Back up your iDevice. Do a full iTunes sync or iCloud backup to make sure you don’t lose your data if something goes wrong.

2) Download the latest version of iTunes 10.7

3) Go to this website to download the version of iOS6 for your device.

4) Locate the .ipsw iPhone Software Update file and drag it somewhere you can find it (like your desktop). If you use Windows, you will need 7-Zip to open the file.

5) Connect your device to iTunes and under the “Summary” tab, locate the “Check for Update” button. Hold down the option key (Mac) or the shift key (Windows) and click the Update button. Browse for the .ipsw file you downloaded and wait for the update to finish.

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4 thoughts on “Tech.Tips: Download the Final Build of iOS6 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Today

  1. Ivett says:

    What’s replacing Google Maps? And is it any good?

    • Apple’s own version of the maps app replaced Google Maps.
      It has new features like 3D “Flyover” in select cities where you can actually see the buildings and streets with great detail. Siri turn-by-turn navigation is also a huge improvement (especially if you drive). The overall graphics appear a bit cleaner as well.

      Lacking in Apple’s new maps is public transportation integration. Google Maps used to provide times and schedules for subway and bus routes and although Apple will be updating the maps app in the coming months, the exclusion of public transportation integration and traffic news is a major drawback.

      Google is expected to release their newest version of Google Maps very soon for iOS.

      Many people consider Apple’s decision to drop Google Maps as an insult to Google, however, it could actually be a favor for the Google Maps team. Apple pre-installed apps (like the old Google Maps) could only be updated through a full iOS update. Now that Google Maps will be a standalone app separate from iOS, Google can update and tweak their app through the App Store whenever they want.

  2. Good call. Many people are complaining about Apple’s maps. The solution I use for the omission of public transport info is an app called Embark ( which has a super sleek interface with real-time subway info and schedules.

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