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iOS 6 is out now: here's what to do first

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Apple has started to roll out iOS 6 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new version of the OS brings lots of new features - including Apple's brand new Maps app, deep integration with Facebook and enhancements to Siri.

As with iOS 5, Apple is making the the update available as an over-the-air download. If you don't have access to the download now, check again in a few minutes.

Users will also have the option of upgrading from within iTunes, if you prefer that method.

Before downloading and installing the update, there are a few housekeeping items you might want to take care of first.

  • Download the latest version of iTunes 10.7 - This will add iOS 6 compatibility to your software.
  • Back up your photos and important files. Even if you use iCloud, consider doing a full backup in iTunes, just in case.
  • If you don't already have a copy of your contacts and calendars on your Mac or PC, go ahead and back those up too.
  • Find your power. Apple won't let you update your device if you don't have a minimum amount of power. The updates are fairly large, at over 500MB per device - so go ahead and plug into some power before starting the update.

Apple tends to do fairly well with OTA updates but problems can happen. If you don't need to have iOS 6 right this second, waiting a few hours for the update isn't a bad idea.

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