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No reason not to upgrade

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iOS 6 packs in plenty of improvements, but lacks the pizzazz we've seen in previous updates.

Critic reviews

8.0
21 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Speed
    8.4
  • Configurability
    7.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    7.7
  • Openness
    6.4

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8.0
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8.0
Engadget Sep 18, 2012

With iOS 6, Apple seems to be more focused on refining the overall user experience than debuting significant new feature additions. On the other hand, it's still an improvement over iOS 5. But let's face it -- this won't be a difficult decision to make.

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9.0
New York Times Sep 19, 2012

In the end, iOS 6 is to software what the iPhone 5 is to hardware: a big collection of improvements, many of which are really clever and good, that don’t take us in any big new directions. Lots and lots of nips and tucks — that’s Apple’s motto lately.

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9.0
PC Mag Sep 19, 2012

Apple iOS 6, Cupertino's latest mobile operating system, offers slick new maps, Passbook, and numerous tweaks and additions. If you own a compatible iOS device, there's simply not questioning whether to upgrade.

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9.0
PC Mag Jan 29, 2013

Apple iOS 6, Cupertino's latest mobile operating system, offers slick new maps, Passbook, and numerous tweaks and additions. If you own a compatible iOS device, there's simply no questioning whether to upgrade.

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8.0
CNET Sep 18, 2012

A couple of big features and a ton of tiny tweaks come together to make iOS 6 a must-have update, just as long as you can get it on your device.

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8.0
Ars Technica Sep 19, 2012

Much like OS X's move from Leopard to Snow Leopard, iOS 6 refines many of the major changes introduced in iOS 5. It's a more modest release than iOS 5, but existing iOS users will be pleased with the update.

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8.0
TechCrunch Sep 19, 2012

Overall, iOS 6 is a big step forward, but that’s hardly surprising given Apple’s track record. As always, there will be those who say it doesn’t push the envelope enough, and Maps has already ruffled quite a few feathers.

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7.0
AnandTech Sep 19, 2012

There’s no way around saying it, iOS 6 is an evolution rather than revolution of the iOS platform. While updates may range in significance depending on your usage model ... there are new features both big and small, and enough small improvements to keep it fresh.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 21, 2012

Despite a subpar Maps app, iOS 6 offers plenty of reasons to upgrade, from a smarter Siri and Facebook integration to easier photo sharing.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 19, 2012

There are lots of new features in iOS 6. Some will massively improve the way you use the phone, others won't make a blind bit of difference. With over 200 new elements and features, that's always going to be the case.

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8.0
T3 Sep 18, 2012

The key thing remains: it all works together flawlessly, and many of the zinged up features will work with existing iDevices.

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8.0
iMore Sep 19, 2012

Many of these are good and solid, reducing the friction and increasing the functionality of iOS, and delightfully so. But a lot of it them are also about Apple and the future of their platform.

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7.0
TechRadar Sep 19, 2012

iOS 6 is rather like the iPhone 5 or Mountain Lion; the refinement of something that already works extremely well.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Sep 20, 2012

iOS 6 doesn't spoil iOS, but it'll be a few weeks or months before its benefits become more apparent, as features develop and a few niggles are squished.

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6.0
The Telegraph Sep 19, 2012

It remains a stable, solid operating system with the sort of attention to detail for which Apple has become known. However, the highlight features in iOS 6 are underwhelming and, in the case of Maps, worryingly error prone.

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8.0
BGR Sep 19, 2012

iOS 6 is yet another welcome update to polish off what was already a solid OS. It’s got a ton of small features to make daily inconveniences that much more manageable, and that’s really what technology should be; it should work to make our lives easier. iOS 6 does that in the simplest of ways.

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8.0
HotHardware Sep 20, 2012

iOS 6 is still brand new, and Apple has plenty of time to make updates and adjustments. We don't expect the next major iOS push until WWDC 2013 next June, but hopefully we'll get a few wishes granted in point releases between now and then.

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7.0
The Next Web Sep 19, 2012

Overall, iOS 6 is very good, with some nice touches throughout that ease pain points and refine the experience. But the question marks of Maps and the App Store are big ones. These are challenges that Apple will hopefully meet, but we’ll see.

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8.0
jackdog1997 jackdog1997

This is definitely going to be one of the better iOS's that apple has released. It's beta isn't too glitchy at all so this is a good sign!

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6.0
AutisticBrony19 AutisticBrony19

iOS 6 is kind of a iOS 5.1.2. It is a bust unless jailbroken. Plus...Siri is only available for iPod Touch 5G! What the heck?! What about 4G users?!

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8.0
pll25 pll25

Take care about the battery life if you own an Iphone 4S or 4. But for everything else it's amazing!

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8.0
Idefreeze Idefreeze

Still good, but no revolution. Overall I'm disappointed as the maps fiasco did lower the quality of my phone (even with Google maps re-installed, it's not the same...

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