You've probaby heard all about iOS 6 already, but have you upgraded? Apple experienced 9 times their usual downloading traffic on the day of release, so let's leave it at this: it's a popular upgrade.
(There has been a great deal of kvetching about the new Maps program, but, anecdotally, we haven't had any problems around Portland.)
The good news is that if you are an iOS 5 user, you don't even need to connect your phone to a computer to upgrade. You can do it at your desk, right now!
1. Navigate to "Settings." Do you see a red circle with a "1" here? If not, you're already upgraded! Pass "GO" and collect $200. Otherwise...
2. Tap "Software Update" (it should have a "1" next to it).
3. Tap "Download and Install" and follow the instructions!
4. Pass "Go" and collect $200.
The Huffington Post has a nice visual walkthrough of the upgrade here: http://ibec.me/NTgxBT
Here's a neat addition to iOS 6: you can disable personalized advertisements. If you're like me, and don't like your browsing history tracked to deliver targeted advertising in the apps you use, follow these instructions to turn on this new setting and give your online privacy a boost:
- Open "Settings", then tap your way to "General", then "About".
- At the bottom -- the very bottom -- you'll see a button labeled "Advertising". Tap it.
- Switch on "Limit Ad Tracking".
There are a lot of other great additions to iOS 6, and if you're curious, you can find more information and a walkthrough of these features in the Huffington Post article linked above.
Tap on, my friends!