** UPDATE 10.11.12 **
Here’s a 100% confirmed fix for iOS 6 WiFi connection problems on your iPhone & iPad (also a video “how to”) >>http://wp.me/p10Eoa-2hA
** UPDATE: 10.9.10.12 @ 3:25pm EST ** Well, one of the things I hate more than anything here at Tablet Crunch is to write an article that doesn’t, in some form or fashion, provide value to you – the readers. On the other hand, what I love most about the readers here at Tablet Crunch is that you take the time to add feedback in the comments – be it good or bad.
With that being said, I’m coming back into this article and adding some more “meat” here so that hopefully you’ll walk away armed with some definitive information to help you decide on whether of not you should upgrade your iPhone or iPad to Apple’s latest iOS – iOS 6.
Why you SHOULD update and install iOS 6
First let me list off some reasons as to why you should update your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS. Most importantly, keeping your device updated with Apple’s latest iOS ensures that your device is running on the latest firmware for things like security and efficiency. The latest version of Apple’s iOS will always come with the latest and greatest updates to keep your iPhone or iPad safe and secure.
Another why you might want to consider updating and installing iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad is so that you’ll have the latest and greatest features that iOS has to offer. I wrote a piece called The Only iOS 6 Features You’ll Really Care About. In it, I talked about cool upgrades that iOS 6 brings such as Facebook integration. Basically, with things like photots, videos, and a lot of features on your iPhone, sharing on Facebook is now a fundamental part of iOS and you’ll see that almost immediately once your upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6.
Also, apps like Siri have been upgraded which will now bring your turn by turn navigation, and probably one of the more talked about features of Siri on iOS 6 is the ability to open apps with your voice. No more having to scroll through pages of apps to find the one you are looking for, nor having to get to the very front search screen and type away until your app pops up. Siri on iOS 6 will now allow you to fire off those apps with just your voice.
Another reason you might want to consider updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6 is because you’ll notice a lot of little niche changes across your iPhone or iPad that are designed to help you be more efficient, productive, and get even more out of your device. Plus, if you have an iPhone or iPad, don’t you want to walk around with the latest and greatest iOS so you can start seeing for yourself all the wondrous things that can be discovered?
Finally, one of the reasons why you SHOULD consider upgrading and installing iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad is because despite the problems that you hear so much about, like the iOS 6 WiFi problems, you have to remember that in less than 3 days Apple reported that over 100 million devices were now running iOS 6. And by now – we are now two weeks and 4 days into the iOS 6 update – I would think that the number is approaching 200 million devices, if not more. And statistically speaking, based on the number of people running iOS 6 versus the number of problems being experienced, I’d say the odds are in your favor that you won’t have any issues.
As I’ve stated several times before, here in my house we have three iPhone 3GS’s and I updated all three of them to iOS 6 and haven’t had a single problem. So again, the shear numbers are in your favor that you won’t have any problems upgrading and installing iOS 6 onto your iPhone or iPad.
Why you SHOULD NOT Upgrade and Install iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad
Now that I talked about some pretty good reasons to go ahead and upgrade your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6, let me give you the other side of the coin to consider. After all, would I really be helping you make a decision if I didn’t give you a well balanced perspective?
One of the main reasons – and this encompasses pretty much all the other reasons that I could think of – to NOT upgrade to iOS 6 right now anyway is because of the all the problems that users are experiencing such as the iOS 6 WiFi problems, the Apple maps app failing, the removal of Google Maps app, and the removal of YouTube. Not to mention the problems that people reported like losing contacts or losing apps during the updating process.
Yeah, there’s been a lot of issues across the board, especially with the WiFi on the iPhone and iPad. But like I said before, compared to the volume of people who have upgraded their iPhone and iPad to iOS 6, the amount of problems are very small statistically.
And advantage to holding off on upgrading your iPhone or iPad to iOS 6 at the moment might be that you want to wait for Apple to release some patches that fix a lot of the issues users have been experiencing. For example, Apple has apparently already released a WiFi fix for iPhones on the Verizon network. And certainly there are more fixes on the way.
Heck, even Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged problems with the latest iOS 6 release and wrote a letter of apology to Apple customers – something I don’t believe we’ve ever seen before from a sitting CEO at Apple.
Why I won’t take a definitive position one way or the other
Finally, let me address something very important here. As you probably have noticed by now, I’m not taking a position for or against upgrading and installing iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad. The reason is more of a liability of reputation. Certainly, I wouldn’t be legally liable if I said “upgrade, upgrade, upgrade…” and then after upgrading your iPhone or iPad started having problems.
Then again, I don’t want to take an absolute stand against upgrading because like I said, by now there are hundreds of millions of iPhone’s and iPad’s that are running iOS 6 and statistically speaking, very few end up having any issues whatsoever. Like I said, we’ve upgrade three iPhone 3GS’s without any problems.
So I wouldn’t want to discourage you from upgrading and installing iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad when more than likely you won’t have any issues and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the iOS 6 goodness that Apple has to offer.
<<<<< below is what I originally wrote earlier today, in case you were curious >>>>>
Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been seeing lately has been the question: should I upgrade, or install, iOS 6 onto my iPhone or iPad?
The question is a good one, and hopefully I can provide some guidance below that will help you in making your decision to upgrade or not to Apple’s latest iOS 6.
First, you should know that if you purchase an iPhone 5 you aren’t going to have a choice as to what iOS you are using.
The iPhone 5 comes pre loaded with iOS 6. And to be completely honest with you, I have yet to hear of any iOS 6 related problems from people who have an iPhone 5.
Now am I saying that people with an iPhone 5 aren’t having any problems whatsoever?
But comparatively speaking, the iOS 6 problems that I’ve been hearing about and helping people with have all been directly related to updating an iPhone or iPad to iOS 6, not iPhone 5 related issues.
Besides, if you just purchased an iPhone 5 and are having problems with it, you can take it back to Apple and more than likely they will replace it with a brand new one.
Should I Upgrade to iOS 6?
So now that leaves the question with those of us who have an iPad 2 or iPad 3, or an iPhone 3GS or later (iPhone 4, iPhone 4S)… should you take the leap and upgrade your device to the latest iOS 6?
First let me tell you may experience here in my house where we have three iPhone 3GS‘s. I’ve installed and upgraded all three iPhone 3GS’s to the latest iOS 6 and haven’t had a single problem with any of them.
One of the problems I’ve been helping people with the most here at Tablet Crunch have been the iOS 6 wifi problems. But honestly, I am 3 for 3 with updating iPhone’s to iOS 6 without issues.
I would also say that, statistically speaking, with well over 100 million devices now running iOS 6, the percentage of those iPhone’s or iPad’s that are actually having iOS 6 related problems are relatively small.
That’s not to negate the frustration that iOS 6 users are experiencing, and by no means do I intend on slowing down in helping as many of the readers here at Tablet Crunch as I can, but looking purely at the numbers I would say that you are probably pretty safe to go ahead and update and install your iPhone or iPad to Apple’s latest iOS 6.
If you are having trouble with your iPhone or iPad after upgrading to iOS 6, then I’d recommend you read through out complete coverage of iOS 6 where we talk about and provide fixes for a lot of the iOS 6 problems that have plagued users up to this point.
So ultimately I’m going to say it’s safe and you should go ahead and update (install) iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPad.
Remember though, this isn’t applicable if you have a 1st gen iPad (unfortunately).
If you are an owner of the 1st gen iPad, I’ve recommended looking into jailbreaking your 1st gen iPad it so that you can at least get some of the latest updates onto your iPad.