Apple  begins pushing out iOS 6 to iPods, iPhones and iPads.

The update began going out to users yesterday morning. Users can get it by plugging their device in and launching Apple’s iTunes software, or — if they’re running iOS 5 — over the air from within the settings menu.

According to Apple, the update adds “over 200 new features,” to iOS 5, which was released last October. Chief among them is an entirely new maps application that uses Apple’s own data, changes to Siri that add more information about movies, restaurants, and sports scores, as well as deep integration with Facebook.

Somewhat controversially, the update also removes features — like the built-in YouTube application. Users can get a new version from Google in the App Store, which the company released last week. The big change in the maps app also eschews Google’s map data and features like Street View, something that could arrive in another Google-made app in the coming months.

As with previous major releases, the update only goes out to newer iOS devices. That official list includes:

iPhones
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S

iPods
iPod Touch (4th generation)
iPod Touch (5th generation)

iPads
iPad 2
iPad (3rd generation)

Apple doled out a golden master version of the software last Wednesday, when the iPhone 5 was announced. The software comes pre-loaded on that device, which hits stores this Friday.

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