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iOS 6 released: Everything union members need to know

Posted on September 26, 2012
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The hysteria that surrounds the yearly iPhone upgrade has almost become an American tradition. Over 51% of American households own at least one Apple product, the Apple iPhone is more popular than all Android smartphones in the US combined and Apple iPhone 5 just had a record debut.

Thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 5? 3 Reasons to Buy Your iPhone and wireless service from AT&T.

If you are one of the millions with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you may have questions about the new iOS 6 download that more than 15% of Apple mobile users are already enjoying since the release Wednesday, September 19. Here is a complete guide from cool features to a where-to-go to download your copy of iOS 6.


What is the iOS 6?

The iOS is Apple's mobile operating system, and the iOS 6 is their latest installment.


What's the big deal?

Get where you are going easier.
Apple has all new maps redesigned from the ground up, giving you turn-by-turn directions, interactive 3D views, and the stunning Flyover function. The new maps have some major kinks, but Apple promises they will be perfected with more use. Have too many cards? Check out Passbook, an app that puts all your boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons, loyalty cards, and more into one place! A scan of your iPhone or iPod touch will check you into a flight, get you into a movie or redeem a coupon.

Stay closer with friends. Using the new Shared Photo Streams, simply select photos from the Photos app, tap the Share button, choose who you want to share your photos with, and they're on their way. Facebook is easier to access and you don't need to leave your app to do it. Remember when people used the phone for talking? Even talking with your friends has gotten better. When you decline an incoming call, you can instantly reply with a text message or set a callback reminder, or turn on Do Not Disturb if you are busy. Want to know where your friends are? Find My Friends allows those who share their locations with you to appear on a map so you can quickly see where they are and what they're up to.

The best things about iPhone's browsing just got better. Siri is now multilingual, speaking in Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Facetime** works over Wi-Fi and Safari has been upgraded for smoother browsing. The iOS 6 features Lost mode for the iPhone-iOS 6 and iCloud that makes it even easier to use Find My iPhone to locate and protect a missing device. Immediately lock your missing iPhone with a four-digit passcode and send it a message displaying a contact number.


Who can get it?*


iPhone - 3GS, 4, 4S or the new 5
iPod touch 4th generation
iPad 2 and the new iPad

How can you get it?***

iTunes 10.7 is required to download and support iOS6. iTunes 10.7 was released on 9/12/2012 and must be upgraded at, customers should download iTunes 10.7 to their computer, then sync their iPhone to that computer in order to download iOS 6.

Are you thinking about buying an iPhone? Make sure you take advantage of the union member savings with AT&T. With the Union Plus discount, members get a 15% discount on select wireless services with AT&T. Plus, Union Plus Credit Card holders are eligible for up to a $100 rebate with the Union Plus AT&T Smartphone Rebate. Learn more about the Union Plus 15% AT&T Discount!


Click for more information about iOS 6.

*Not all features are compatible with all devices.
**When moving to a Mobile Share plan, restart your iOS 6 device for the FaceTime over Cellular feature to take effect.
***Note that due to anticipated increased traffic on Apple's system, you may experience longer than usual download times when downloading iTunes and /or iOS 6.  Please contact Apple with questions.


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