How to get ready for tomorrow’s iOS 6 release

By , Sep 18, 2012

Last week, Apple announced that it would be releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 6, on September 19th. And for those of you without a calendar in front of you, that’s tomorrow.

Of course, Apple has been seeding developer betas of iOS 6 since June, but this is the first time it will be available to the public. So we thought we’d put this list together of things to help you get ready…

As iDB is extremely active in the jailbreak community, our first duty is to warn you that iOS 6 has not been successfully jailbroken yet. If you update tomorrow, you will lose your current jailbreak.

To be fair, the Dev Team has managed to jailbreak A4 devices running beta versions of iOS 6. But it’s of the tethered variety, doesn’t include Cydia, and is no where near ready for public distribution.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s some useful tips for those that plan on updating:

  • Save your SHSH blobs – if you’ve ever jailbroken your device, or plan on doing so in the future, save your SHSH blobs. It just takes a couple of seconds, and it’s you’re only hope of downgrading to iOS 5.1.1 after Apple stops signing it. What if the iOS 6 jailbreak takes several months to finish?
  • Back up your devices - it’s always a good idea to backup your devices before updating the firmware. Sometimes, though it’s not common, updates can error out while installing, thus wiping out all of your data. You can backup your device either by syncing it with iTunes, or through the iCloud menu.
  • The update will come OTA – with iOS 5 Apple introduced new over the air updates, which allow you to get the latest firmware version without plugging your device into your computer. Be aware of this if you don’t plan on updating so that you don’t accidentally agree to the iOS 6 install.
  • You’ll need iTunes 10.7 – remember that iTunes update that Apple pushed out last week? Well you’ll need it if you plan on syncing your iOS 6 devices to your computer. If you don’t have it, you can grab it from our Downloads page.

It’s also worth noting that not all apps have been updated to be compatible with the new firmware. So if you have an app, or apps, that you use everyday, it’s worth looking into them before you install the update.

We expect Apple to release iOS 6 sometime tomorrow morning. We’ll let you know as soon as it hits, and will be providing updates on new features and other commentary on the software throughout the day.

Do you plan on updating to iOS 6 tomorrow?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    LOL Delete all the ios 6 Beta firmware also :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/JVLUV Vladmyr J. Moliere

    I will update…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ba-Tongxue/100003554938315 Ba Tongxue

    really tons of comments on iDB recently!
    Goooooooooooood

  • http://twitter.com/Balli67 miguel Balli

    1 more hour

  • harit7

    Il surely upgrade. :D
    Wanna keep it stock this time.

  • Tina Kalo

    I have an older Macbook so am unable to update to iTunes 10.7….I’ve been running iOS 6 on my iPhone since June and it’s synced with iTunes fine. According to the article above, I need the newest iTunes to connect with iOS 6. My question is: I’ll be receiving my iPhone 5 on Friday, so will I be unalbe to sync my new phone with my old iTunes?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahab.krazzi Shahab Ali Khan

    Would be updating to ios 6 as soon as it arrives… About the jailbreak, well I have my SHSH blobs saved for ios 5.1.1 , so After update I don’t have be worried to lose my jailbreak, I’ll just downgrade it , rejailbreak and I will be good to go …. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000122595896 Vanditt Sama

    Is itunes 10.7 really necessary?
    Are they not going to provide the delta update in the device itself?
    Because i wont be using my pc for a week.
    Can i update without a pc?

    • Lolhaha

      Yes u can. Settings>general>softwareupdate.

  • Nicholas o

    no because my mac does not support the new itunes

  • http://twitter.com/FreeManRepo N00b

    And it’s good to point that you can’t update using OTA if you’re jailbroken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

    since my iPhone 4 is unlock, i”ll just wait for the full jailbreak. no more worries..

  • http://www.facebook.com/Osama.El.Sharnoby Osama Hamdy El-Sharnoby

    I’ll wait for untethered Jailbreak

  • ahmad khaled

    yes of course …… Thx

  • Steven Kitchen

    Ouse Anyone in uk updated to ios6 yet

  • f1ght3r

    Not going to update my iPhone 4S, but will have it when i get my iPhone 5. I don’t care about the jailbreak as much anymore

  • http://twitter.com/bugi68 bugi

    Jeff do u know when JB will available for iOS 6 ?

  • Milad

    I currently have an older iOS on my iPhone, but if I want the new iOS 6, do I have to install iOS 5.1.1 first on my iPhone and later iOS 6 or can I update the phone straight to the iOS 6?

  • Jazmine Perez

    will i be able to unlock my phone for tmobile after the ios 6 update??

  • http://twitter.com/FelipeJimeno Felipe Jimeno

    I got my phone with firmware 5.1.1 jailbreak, how I can updated to IOS 6?

  • http://twitter.com/rwolburg Rodrigo Wolburg

    hi, i have an ipad 2 5.1.1. And i want o make the jailbreak with absinthe but after 19sep is not working anymore. I think because of the signing server thing. What can i do for jailbreak my ipad 2. 5.1.1?

  • Josh

    So I have the iOS 6 Beta version on my device — But when the public version was released it says that my version is the current version. I wasn’t surprised, HOWEVER, I am missing Panorama and other subtle changes on my 4S. Anyone know a way for me to get the public release of iOS 6?

  • Mark jason

    Please help

  • Core

    im so exited

    • ConduciveMammal

      Exited for what?

      • Core

        to exit ios 6 of course!

  • ConduciveMammal

    Now here’s a blast from the past