Evolution Of iOS, From First To The Latest Version

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Hi, in this article we have shared the list of all the iOS versions from the first version to the latest. An operating system acts as a life in a device.

It helps in bridging the gap between the hardware and the users operating the devices. So its quite obvious to say that without the operating system a device is not worth using.

In modern times, the better the operating system on the device, the better are the chances of user interaction.

One such operating system is iOS. Initially released under the name iPhone OS; later the name changed to iOS. From the first update till the third the name unchanged, later the name was changed to iOS from the fourth update onwards.

Most of the products that are manufactured by Apple Inc run on iOS. The main devices which rely on iOS are the iPads, the iPhones, and the iPods.

Now let’s focus on the history of the iOS developed by Apple Inc. You should check out the article on the evolution of the iPhone from 2007 to till date

1. iOS 1

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This was the first operating system that was released on the 29th of June 2007. The Phone OS1 was considered to be the breakthrough.

The development laid the foundation for the future development of its upgrades.

Initially, the operating system only supported limited apps such as Calendar, Safari, Photos, Camera, Mail, Phone, etc. However, later on, Apple Inc gave the green light to allow the support of third-party applications on iOS.

It also added new features like Visual voicemail, Multitouch interface, Safari web browser, Music application.

The last update for iPhone OS 1 was 1.1.5 version which was released on the 15th of July 2008. Finally, Apple stopped releasing updates in 2010.

2. iOS 2

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A year after the iPhone became a huge success; Apple Inc developed the iPhone OS 2 which was released on the 11th of July 2008. With numerous important updates; the OS had added podcast support, public transit and also made the Map application more stable and refined.

Another important addition was the availability of third-party apps in the application store.

The last update was 2.2.1 which was released on the 27th of January 2009. Finally, with the iPhone OS, 3 is a line, the support for iPhone OS 2 was stopped.

3. iOS 3

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iOS 3 was released on the 17th of June 2009 along with the iPhone 3GS. This was the first operating system developed by Apple that was compatible with the iPad.

The addition of new features with this update was the copy and paste function, Spotlight search.

Also after this update, the users could record videos by operating the camera application and the devices could also support MMS in the messaging application.

The last version was 3.2.2 which was released on the 11th of August 2010 and finally, Apple ended support in 2012.

4. iOS 4

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The iOS 4 was released on the 22nd of June 2010 and the major change that this update brought was the change in name. After this update, the name iPhone OS was replaced with iOS.

The added features with this update were Facetime, Multitasking, AirPrint, iBooks, Personal Hotspot, AirPlay.

IOS 4 laid the foundation for the applications and features that we use currently. Many apps that we use now debuted during the release of iOS 4.

Also, this update was not compatible with the older models of the iPhone 1 and iPod Touch. The last update 4.3.5 was released on the 25th of July 2011 and the support from Apple for iOS 4 ended in 2013.

5. iOS 5

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Released on the 12th of October 2011; Apple Inc explored offering the users with wireless experience. Hence, iCloud was developed and added to iOS 5.

With this feature, users can easily access their iPhones wirelessly (previously a connection to a computer was essential). Also added features such as iMessage and Notification Center was also added.

The last version of iOS was the 5.1.1 update and finally, Apple stopped updating the iOS 5 in 2014. Another news that came along with the release of iOS 5 was that the new update would not be compatible with the iPhone 3G, 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touch and the 1st generation iPad.

6. iOS 6

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19th of September 2012 marked a new era with the release of the iOS 6. Apple Inc introduced Siri to the world.

Despite Siri being a revolution in the field of technology; later rival companies had surpassed it. Check out the article on Siri trick to get more out of your iPhone.

Major changes were brought about in iOS 6 and this caused controversy. Since Apple Inc had developed their own maps, so iOS 6 did not have Google Maps. Users were left frustrated with the bugs and failure with Apple Maps.

As a result of the CEO of Apple Inc, Tim Cook asked Scott Forstall (head of the iOS development department) to apologize publicly. When Scott Forstall refused to apologize he was fired from Apple by Tim Cook.

Apple Maps and the Do Not Disturb mode were also added features in this update.
The last version of iOS 6 (6.1.6) was released on the 21st of February 2014. The OS stopped providing all the features to users using iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2. Finally, in 2015 Apple stopped providing support for iOS 6.

7. iOS 7

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iOS 7 was released on the 18th of September 2013 and just like it’s predecessor, iOS 6; the iOS 7 also received many bad reviews and was surrounded by controversy.

The main reason for this was the sacking of Scott Forstall and hiring a new person named Jony Ive who was previously the head of the designing team.

Previously, he had overseen the design of the hardware of the devices. Hence the changes that he brought in overhauled the user interface as he tried to make the interface look and feel more modern.
To be honest, the user interface looked modern.

But initially, users complained about the small, thin fonts which made reading challenging. Even the animations associated caused motion sickness to some of the users.

But that’s not a problem anymore as the users are accustomed to the design. The added features that came in were Lock activation, CarPlay, Touch ID, AirDrop, Control center.

The last update of iOS 7 was 7.1.2 which was released on the 30th of June 2014 and Apple still provides support for iOS 7.

Lastly, with the inception of the iOS 7; devices such as the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, the third generation of iPad and iPad 2 could not use all the features.

8. iOS 8

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The iOS 8 was released on the 17th of September 2014 and it was more stable than it’s previous two predecessors.

The newly added features include Apple Pay, Apple Music, Handoff, iCloud Drive,
Family Sharing, Third-party keyboards, HomeKit, etc.

The most important and innovative feature was Apple Pay, which allowed users to pay securely and without contact.

Later on the iOS 8.4 update, Apple Music subscription services were also brought in or the users.

Also, although the iOS 8 was not compatible with the iPhone 4; still Apple Inc focused on improving the iCloud with Dropbox-like iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and the Music Library.

The last version released was 8.4.1 on the 13th of August 2015 and Apple is still supporting the OS.

9. iOS 9

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The release of iOS 9 was conducted on the 16th of September 2015. The user interface had gone through a huge change over the past few years.

Now the users were feeling that the iOS was no longer the same dependable, stable, and the best performer as it once was.

The demand from the customer base was to solidify the foundation of iOS. Just like the customer base had wanted Apple Inc developed iOS 9 which had a solid foundation, with some great features and was stable.

The added features that were included in the iOS 9 update were Night Shift, Low Power Mode, a Beta program for the public.

The last update was 9.3.5 which was released on the 25th of August 2016. Also, iOS 9 was fast, responsive, and also the performance on older devices was stable.

10. iOS 10

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Released on the 13th of September 2016; the major changes that were incorporated in the iOS 10 were communication between applications.

For example, for authentication one app can get the required OTP from the messaging app without even opening the messaging app.

Also, Siri became available to third-party apps as users can now vocally connect with other apps with the help of Siri. Furthermore, finally, Apple Inc allowed users to delete the default apps if they wanted to.

The added features in this update were iMessage applications, Delete built-in applications.
Among all those major upgrades, Apple Inc dropped supporting the iPhone 4S, 5th generation iPod touch, iPad 2, 1st generation iPad mini.

11. iOS 11

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The iOS 11 was launched on the 19th of September 2017. The operating system that was once built for the iPhones is now supporting the iPod Touch and the iPad. Some of the iOS versions can even support Apple TV and Apple Watch.

The added features with the iOS 11 are Augmented reality, enhanced support for iPads, AirPlay 2.

IOS was developed over the years through a series of changes and updates. The iOS installed in iPads enabled the features drag and drop, split-screen, multiple workspaces, notation support, writing with Apple Pencil, file browsing app.

Apple Inc was updating the iPad to replace laptops. The last update was 11.4 which was released on the 29th of May 2018.

12. iOS 12

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On the 17th of September 2018, the iOS 12 was released. Unlike the previous updates, in the iOS 12, the emphasis was not on any new features rather the focus was on refining user experience.

The newly added features in this update were Personalized Animoji named Memoji, Shortcuts for Siri, Screen time, Grouped notifications, ARKit 2, etc.

In this update, Siri had shortcuts by which the users can access Siri easily and also the Screen Time control enabled the users and parents to limit device usage. The last version of iOS 12 was 12.3.2 released on the 20th of June 2019.

13. iOS 13

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The iOS 13 was released on the 19th of September 2019. The biggest change that was brought by Apple was that the iOS 13 was not compatible with the iPad.

The reason behind this is that Apple Inc was developing an OS that was dedicated to the iPad. The iPad OS is based on the iOS 13 and Apple is planning to replace laptops permanently with their innovation.

The iOS 13 received positive reviews fro customers and critics. With the pre-existing features like Facing ID working faster, launching of apps became faster and the new Dark Mode became instantly liked by all.

The added features that were available in iOS 13 were Dark mode, Privacy and security options, Portrait Lighting options, Improved Siri voice, Users can sign in using Apple user account, Look Around (Apple Maps).

The last update released for iOS 13 was 13.3.1 released on the 28th of January 2020. The iPad, the 6th generation iPod Touch, the iPhone 6 series, and the iPhone 5S were the devices that could not run on iOS 13 anymore.

Apple Inc has dominated the market for years and will be the dominant force in years to come. Their dedication towards developing and innovating is second to none.

By creating the iOS they already have an ecosystem of their own which is often described as a “walled garden”. This “walled garden” provides an extremely pleasant experience but it is very hard to get into. So no matter what the competitors are developing; Apple is always one step ahead of them.

These were the all iOS version that Apple has realized to this date. You can share which iOS version is your favorite and which iOS version you thing has the best features. You can share your experience of using these iOS versions with us in the comments.




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