As I type, there’s still over five hours to go before the long-awaited iOS 6 update for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 4th-gen iPod Touch, iPad 2 and new iPad finally becomes available.
Although Apple hasn’t confirmed exactly when downloads are due to start, online reports point to a user-created page at TimeandDate.com which not only says that 10am local time in San Francisco is when downloads will start, but also shows when you can expect iOS 6.0 to become available in your city and country.
As an example, people living on Australia’s east coast (with major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra) will be able to start downloading iOS 6.0 at 3am on Thursday the 20th of September, which is the time-zone equivalent to 10am on the 19th of September in San Francisco.
As an example, other cities are as follows:
New York iOS 6 downloads start at 1pm local time, London at 6pm, Warsaw at 7pm, Jerusalem at 8pm, Moscow at 9pm, Bangkok at the midnight hour between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Beijing and Hong Kong at 1am and then Seoul and Tokyo at 2am.
However, Google is expected to release its own Maps app for iOS 6 soon enough.
There’s also improvements such as an expanded Siri, Facetime calling over 3G and 4G networks (in addition to the existing Wi-Fi only capabilities), Facebook integration, iCloud tabs, better Mail, better Safari, Panorama for iPhone 4S users and plenty more you can learn about here.
So, time to stop checking the “Software Updates” section of your iDevice settings repeatedly because there’s still a few hours to go, but we’re certainly in the home stretch, and not only are we that much closer to iOS 6.0, we’re that much closer to the inevitable iOS 6.0.1, too!