Apple has released iOS 6 for download, and you can now check out all the new features, apps, and doodads on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Hey, it sure beats working! (Just kidding, boss...nothing beats working).

iOS 6 comes with a few major updates: The Maps app has been radically overhauled, with a new design, turn-by-turn spoken navigation (for devices with Siri) and 3D "Flyover" mode; Apple is now also using maps from TomTom rather than Google, which means among other things that if you want transit directions, you'll need to download a separate app. A new app called Passbook promises to organize your digital coupons, movie tickets and loyalty cards; Siri can now bring up sports scores and Yelp reviews. Your Facebook account, like your Twitter account, can now be integrated directly into the OS, so that you can share photos and webpages directly to your profile from most anywhere on the phone.

For a good, thorough review of what's new on iOS 6, check out this lengthy guide prepared by our friends at Engadget. It's a good guide, and thorough.

Ready to download? We have a step-by-step guide for how to update your iDevice below. (Note that you'll need iOS 5 or above and a Wi-Fi connection in order for this process to work; if not, you will have to connect your device to your computer and launch iTunes in order to update). Happy downloading!

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  • Go to "Settings"

    First, touch the "Settings" icon on your home screen.

  • Go To "General"

    Head into the General section of Settings.

  • Go To "Software Update"

    Second from the top, head into "Software Update" to check for an update to your current iOS.

  • "Install Now"

    You'll see this screen if there's a software update (like iOS 6.0.0) available. Touch "Install Now" to get started, but note that, as of now, Apple does not allow you to update your software over the Internet if you do not have more than 50 percent of your battery or if your iPhone is not plugged in to a power source. You also need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network, not just to 2G or 3G.

  • Agree To The Terms And Conditions

    Read through the Terms and Conditions, making sure to note all relevant clauses and licensee restrictions, and then touch "Agree" to begin the download.

  • You're Done!

    After a restart, you will have the newest iPhone software! If you want to make sure everything worked as planned: 1. Go to "Settings" 2. Go to "General" 3. Go to "About" 4. Scroll down to see which "version" of iOS you are running. Above, you can see that iOS 6.0 is indeed installed on my phone.

  • No More Updates!

    You can also do Steps 1 through 3 to double-check that you're iPhone or iPod Touch does indeed have the latest software. When you go into "Software Update," you should see this screen if you have the most recent iOS.

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  • VIP Email

    Critical emails will no longer get lost in your inbox. With iOS 6's new email feature, users can <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/173119/ios-6-adds-per-person-email-alerts/" target="_hplink">elect certain people as VIPs</a>, so they will only receive notifications when messages arrive from those important few.

  • Privacy Settings

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/iphone-privacy-app-path-facebook-twitter-apple_n_1279497.html" target="_hplink">Remember "Pathgate"</a> and Apple's subsequent <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/apple-privacy-policy-apps_n_1279797.html" target="_hplink">changes to app privacy policy requirements</a>? Apple's hoping to avoid similar uproars by tweaking its privacy settings in iOS 6. Now, <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/173128/new-ios-6-privacy-settings-limit-access-to-photos-contact-calendars-and-more/" target="_hplink">users choose which apps have access contacts, calendars, reminders, and photos</a>.

  • Spotlight Upgrade

    Searching an Apple mobile device just became easier with this iOS 6 tweak to <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/257523/ios_6_features_you_might_have_missed.html" target="_hplink">Apple's Spotlight search</a> function. Instead of merely listing all apps, docs, music files and emails with the given word (as seen in the photo), the search will also feature the folder where each search result is located.

  • New Download Banner

    Apple devices running iOS 6 will draw <a href="http://www.geekfori.com/ios-6-features-you-may-not-know-about/" target="_hplink">explicit attention to recent downloads</a> with a special <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/173126/new-in-ios-6-more-emoji-icons-banners-for-new-apps-badges-for-reminders-app/" target="_hplink">"new" banner</a> across app icons. The banner will disappear after the app has been used for the first time.

  • Installed Emoji Icons

    While iOS 5 users had to either <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/171687/unlock-apples-hidden-emoji-icons-in-ios-5-1-with-this-simple-tweak-jailbreak/" target="_hplink">jailbreak</a> their device or <a href="http://www.iphonehacks.com/2011/10/how-to-enable-emoji-icons-in-ios-5-without-jailbreaking.html" target="_hplink">follow a simple trick</a> to enable emoji, iOS 6 will have instant access to the emoticons, which <a href="http://www.cultofmac.com/173126/new-in-ios-6-more-emoji-icons-banners-for-new-apps-badges-for-reminders-app/" target="_hplink">come pre-installed</a> within the newest Apple mobile operating system.

  • Status Bar Color Change

    In iOS 6, the color of the upper <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/06/status-bars-in-ios-6-changes-color-based-on-the-app-youre-running/" target="_hplink">status bar changes to suit the color</a> of the app that is running, as <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/uxvo3/the_new_status_bar_in_ios_6_is_not_blue_but/" target="_hplink">pointed out by a Reddit user</a>. For example, the status bar changes from its usual blue to a light blue color for users logged into Skype.

  • Share Screen Icons

    While Facebook integration may be the talk of the town, Apple's <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/257523/ios_6_features_you_might_have_missed.html" target="_hplink">improved share screen</a>, which features icons instead of a list of possible ways to share something, is pretty cool in and of itself. (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/10557450@N04/4454497884/" target="_hplink">Image via Flickr</a>)