Authored by Charles Steven Preston 💬

The story of the first 5 iOS

The first iPhone, Steve Jobs called competing devices for children. The Apple smartphone, in turn, turned the industry upside down and showed what a truly smart phone should be like. Already in the first version of iOS (at that time iPhone OS) there were many advanced features and capabilities. Steve Jobs has always believed that software development should start small and focus on a strong foundation to introduce new features in the future. The number of innovations grew from year to year, turning iOS into the most advanced handheld computer.


iPhone OS 1

Announced on January 9, 2007

Released on June 29, 2007

Supported Devices: iPhone, iPod touch

The original iPhone OS was Apple's fundamental achievement. The first smartphone of the corporation worked on a modified version of OS X, and the company's employees had a very difficult time adapting it to the mobile processor and touch screen.

  • Phone with voicemail.
  • Post office.
  • Safari
  • iPod is a music player.

The former head of the company was a supporter of skeuomorphism, so the iOS interface in some places resembled physical objects. For example, notes were very similar to a real notebook. However, other OS design elements copied something that really existed, tangible, and has weight. The iPhone OS has many features that have made iPhone famous and known to the majority of users so far. Gesture Slide to unlock, gesture of approaching photos with two fingers (Pinch to zoom) and so on. At the same time, many familiar and important elements were missing. For example, MMS, contact search, copy and paste. All this will appear only in future versions of the system. Also at that time there was no iCloud, so all the data on the smartphone was transferred via iTunes. All this began to change dramatically with the release of new iPhone models.

iPhone OS 2

Announced in March 2008

Released July 11, 2008

Supported devices: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod touch, iPod touch 2

The main difference between the new operating system and the previous one was the appearance of the App Store. The developers received tools for creating their own programs running on the new Apple smartphone. At the time of launch, the App Store had only 500 applications. Today there are several million. By the way, this update cost $ 9 for iPod touch users. IPhone owners could download it for free.

Among the significant innovations can be identified:

  • Support for PUSH notifications in the mail.
  • Downloading pictures from Safari.
  • Parental control.
  • A separate application "Contacts" with the search.
  • Ability to view iWork and MS Office documents.

iPhone OS 3/iOS 3

Announced in March 2009

Released June 17, 2009

Supported devices: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch, iPod touch 2, iPod Touch 3, iPad

This update is especially noteworthy. During the development of the third version of the mobile operating system, Apple released the iPad, after which the software platform was renamed to iOS. One of the key changes has been the ability to copy and paste text. Also in the company's tablets and smartphones, Spotlight search appeared. The number of desktops increased to 11. They contained 180 applications. The Apple smartphone has MMS support. In the iPhone 3GS, corporation engineers activated autofocus when shooting video. Maps have acquired support for turn-based navigation, helping to navigate on the go, without tracking the route from start to finish. iOS 3 was the first version of the system in which it was possible to crop pictures.

iOS 4

Announced in March 2010

Released June 21, 2010

Supported devices: iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2, iPod Touch 3, iPod Touch 4, iPad, iPad 2, Apple TV 2

With this release, Apple began releasing noticeably stripped down versions of iOS for older gadgets, as well as abandoning support for legacy devices. For example, with the release of iOS 4, support for the first iPhone and iPod Touch models disappeared.

In this version of the operating system, the first signs of multitasking have finally begun to emerge. Now you can play music in the background and quickly switch between the last used applications.

Of the other significant changes, it is worth noting:

  • FaceTime - a program for making video calls. For Apple devices only.
  • Support for the AirPlay protocol for broadcasting audio and video to a branded set-top box.
  • Support for AirPrint wireless printers.

iOS 5

Announced June 6, 2011

Released October 12, 2011

Supported devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPod touch 2, iPod Touch 3, iPod Touch 4, iPad 2, iPad 3, Apple TV 2, Apple TV 3

A key innovation was the emergence of Siri's voice assistant. Then the assistant was in beta status, but she had many hopes. Unfortunately, they were not destined to come true and Siri quickly reached the status of the most stupid and useless assistant of all. In the fifth revision of iOS, the Notification Center, copied from Android, appeared. It also had buttons for quickly creating posts on Twitter and Facebook. Dependence of iPhone, iPod and iPad on the computer. For the first time, the new firmware could be downloaded “over the air”, bypassing iTunes.

It is also worth separately highlighting:

  • New gestures to control the tablet.
  • Key to start the camera from the lock screen.
  • Messenger iMessage.
  • ICloud cloud storage for syncing notes, contacts, bookmarks, reminders, and so on.
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