iOS 1 to iOS 8 – The Evolution of Apple’s Operating System

Apple is one of the leading manufacturers of mobile phones and is also popular in its technological developments. The operating software used in iOS devices such as iPods, iPads and iPhones has evolved from iOS 1 all the way to iOS 8 over the years. iOS 8 is the operating system in most of the latest Apple devices. What did this evolution look like?


iOS 1 and iOS 2

The first operating system was limiting. It could carry Apple developed applications but did not allow other applications to be present in the devices. This limited the applications that one could have on their device, seeing that, Apple did not have so many apps to offer by then. The second operating system came to change this as it made Apple devices compatible with software from other parties. Users of Apple devices could now access a wide range of apps through the iTunes store.

iOS 3 and iOS 4

The third operating system came with a number of developments. It introduced voice commands such as making calls and copy and paste when it came to different texts. This version also introduced video recording which was the genesis of the death of camcorders. The fourth operating system allowed users to have FaceTime, video chat without having to use the voice minutes allocated over the network. The same also provided the multitasking option which meant that different apps could run at the same time.

iOS 5 and iOS 6


The fifth version of Apple’s operating system brought in Siri, the virtual assistant. It also came with iMessage which allowed users to text without using the text messages allocated over the network. People could also send messages when travelling through the use of Wi-Fi. The sixth operating system, iOS 6 was not a success. Apple took down Google Maps and replaced them with Apple maps which were facing bug problems. This led to a delay in upgrading to the system for users. Upgrades became easier once Google Maps was made available on the Apple store. iOS 6 also introduced panoramic photos.

iOS 7 and iOS 8

iOS 7 introduced iTunes Radio and Touch ID where the device used your fingerprint for identification instead of a passcode. With this OS you can block people even though they might not be on your phone book.

iOS 8 has notably brought a revolution in the applications, icons and appearance of the home screen.

Changes during evolution

These changes from the first to the eighth version of the OS may not feel as dramatic as they ought to because with every OS came an upgrade that set a trend for what to expect in operating systems. However, not only have the features, apps and icons changed for the better, the layout of the screen has as well, with each home screen working well for the design of the phone. The iOS 8 looks great on the elongated screen and the reduced width in the new devices such as the iPhone and the iPod touch. With every update and upgrade, even old devices feel new again.



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