Published On: Mon, Jun 24th, 2013

Interesting Facts about Apple’s iOS Features and Release

Apple is one of the biggest names in consumer electronics and information technology. The brand covers a myriad of products such as the line of mobile smartphones (iPhone), music players (iPod), tablet computers (iPad), computers (Mac), browsers (Safari and iTunes), and operating systems (OS X and iOS).

iOS is basically the mobile operating system that is exclusively distributed to Apple hardware. This popular user-friendly operating system was not always called iOS. In 2007, the operating system was introduced with the iPhone and tagged only as a mobile version of the OS X, which is the operating system for Apple computers. In 2008, the first beta and the official name “iPhone OS” was released. iPhone OS was changed to iOS in 2010.

Known for their strong and competitive research and development, Apple Inc. has been releasing updates of the iOS almost every year.

Here is a quick rundown of the iOS features and releases:

•             iPhone OS 1.0 to 1.1.5

The entire year since the June 2007 ground-breaking release was filled with exciting updates and bug fixes for the iPhone OS. Safari security update, iTunes Store home screen icon availability, support for keyboard and international language, improved camera frame rate and multi-touch keyboards were some of the key features offered by the first versions of iPhone OS.

•             iPhone OS 2.0 and 2.2.1

Released in 2008, this upgrade was made available with the iPhone 3G. It was also in this version that the Apple App Store was introduced. Other features such as push e-mail, viewing attachments (MS Office and iWork), YouTube plugin for Safari, taking screen captures, camera GeoTagging, recognition of Chinese handwriting and group email were introduced, to name a few.

•             iPhone OS 3.0

This version was made available in 2009, with the iPhone 3GS. This firmware came with new exciting features. Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), copy and paste, additional YouTube capabilities, maps, vCards, anti phising, support for HTML 5, tethering over Bluetooth and USB, VoiceOver screen readers and auto connection to Wi-Fi hotspots are some of them.

•             iOS 4

iOS 4 was the first release after Apple’s rebranding of the operating system. It was the first release that was free for iPod Touch users. It was able to support all iPhones and iPods except for the 1st generation releases. The 2nd generation iPhone and iPod touch upgraded but with limited features. The highlight of the iOS 4 is the ability to multitask. In 2010, iOS 4.2.1 was made available with added iPad compatibility feature.

•             iOS 5

With the iOS getting pretty much stable, the features that came with iOS 5 were more for ease of function and aesthetics rather than bugs and needs for improved compatibility across other devices. iOS 5 was issued in 2011 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd and 4th generation of iPod touch and iPads 1 and 2.

•             iOS 6

It is important to note that iPhone OS 1 and 2 are now considered obsolete while iOS 3 to 5 are now discontinued. iOS 6 was released in 2012 through iTunes and its announcement came with the unveiling of other Apple products such as iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod Touch. The sensational features of this iOS release include (but is not limited to) additional capabilities for Siri, strengthened social networking integration, Apple-sourced maps (instead of Google), FaceTime calls, new user interface for both App Store and iTunes and iCloud.

A few days ago, the latest operating system upgrade, iOS 7 was announced to be available this coming fall. It boasts of a new design and features such as “Control Center”, “Notification Center”, added multi-taskin capabilities, added camera shooting formats and filters, “AirDrop”, “iTunes Radio”, “iOS in the car” and a photo library called “Collections, Moments and Years”.

To Apple aficionados, the iOS upgrade is something to look forward to. It is a must to have their devices updated with new features and it somehow keeps the fun coming. Luckily, the people at Apple seem to never run out of ideas on how to improve the gadgets and iOS everytime.

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- This post is written by Marlin Codie of guides.yoosecurity.com which is a computer repair service that deals with file restore virus and the likes.

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