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The History of iOS, from Version 1.0 to 12.0

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The History of iOS, from Version 1.0 to 12.0

The History of iOS, from Version 1.0 to 12.0

iOS is the operating system for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It is the basic software that is pre-installed on the Apple devices to allow them to run and support other apps. As Windows is to PCs, same as iOS is to the iPhone.

In this article, we will show you a brief history of each version of the iOS. When each version was released and what it added to the platform.

Let’s find out!

iOS 12

Support ended: N/A

Current version: 12.0.  Release Date: September 17, 2018

Initial version: Release Date: September 17, 2018

iOS 12 is the latest version of the iPhone operating system. The version was released on September 17, 2018. The iOS 12’s features and improvements are not as revolutionary as that in the previous updates to the iOS. In fact, iOS 12 focused more on making advancements to commonly used features in the iPhone.

Some of the improvements and updates of iOS 12 include, Siri Shortcuts, enhanced Augmented Reality with ARKit 2, and Screen Time.

Key New Features of iOS 12:

  • Grouped Notifications
  • Screen Time
  • ARKit 2
  • Siri improvements, including Siri Shortcuts and multi-step actions
  • Memoji

iOS 11

Support ended: N/A

Current version: 11.4. : Release Date: May 29, 2018

Initial version: Release Date: September 19, 2017

The iOS was initially designed to run on the iPhone. Since then, the operating system has been expanded to support the iPod touch and iPad. And some iOS versions also support the Apple Watch and Apple TV. In iOS 11, the company’s emphasis shifted from the iPhone to the iPad.

It is true that iOS 11 does have lots of improvements for the iPhone, but the OS focused more on turning the iPad Pro series models into laptop replacements.

For this purpose, a series of changes made into the iOS 11 running in iPad. These changes include all new drag and drop support, a file browser app, split screen apps and multiple workspaces, and support for notation and handwriting with the Apple Pencil.

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Key New Features:

  • Augmented Reality
  • AirPlay 2
  • Major enhancements on iPad

iOS 10

Support ended:  N/A

Current version: 10.3.3. Release Date: July 19, 2017

Initial version: Released Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Apple’s ecosystem that it built around the iOS is considered as a ‘walled garden’. Because it is very hard to gain access to it. The major updates of iOS were customization and interoperability. Through iOS 10, apps could communicate directly with each other. Siri became available to third-party apps.

Beyond that, in iOS 10, users had better ways to customize their experiences. They could delete built-in apps. And the new animations were also the part of iOS 10.

Key New Features:

  • iMessage apps
  • Delete built-in apps

iOS 9

Support ended:  N/A

Final version: 9.3.5. Release Date: Aug. 25, 2016

Initial version: Release Date: Sept. 16, 2015

For a few years, Apple successfully did major changes to both the interface and technical aspects of the iOS. But after some time, many people started criticizing the iOS. According to them, the iOS was no longer the stable, dependable, solid performer it had once been.

Keeping this in mind, the company released iOS 9. This update did add some new features, but the core focus was to solidify the foundation of the OS for the future.

Major improvements were in speed and responsiveness, stability, and performance on older devices.

Key New Features:

  • Night Shift
  • Low Power Mode
  • Public beta program

iOS 8

Support ended:  N/A

Final version: 8.4.1. Release Date: Aug. 13, 2015

Initial version: Release Date: Sept. 17, 2014

iOS 8 version was more consistent and stable version with the major changes of the last two versions. In this update, Apple once again focused on delivering major new features.

The features also includes Apple Pay, and Apple Music subscription service. The later feature was added with the iOS 8.4 update.

Apple also did some improvements to its iCloud platform, like the addition of the Dropbox-like iClould Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and iCloud Music Library.

Key New Features:

Apple Music

  • Apple Pay
  • Family Sharing
  • Third-party keyboards
  • iCloud Drive
  • HomeKit
  • Handoff

iOS 7

Support ended:  2016

Final version: 7.1.2. Release Date: June 30, 2014

Initial version: Release Date: Sept. 18, 2013

It was seen, after the release of iOS 7, the update was met with substantial resistance from the users. After the firing of Scott Forstall, iOS development was overseen by Jony Ive, Apple’s head of design, who had previously only worked on hardware. In iOS 7, Jony Ive did a major renovation of the UI to make it more modern. Though the design was modern, the small and thin fonts were hard to read for some users. When the company made substantial improvements to the iOS, the complaints and issues were subsided.

Key New Features:

  • Activation Lock
  • AirDrop
  • Control Centre
  • CarPlay
  • Touch ID

iOS 6

Support ended:  2015

Final version: 6.1.6. Release Date: Feb. 21, 2014

Initial version: Release Date: Sept. 19, 2012

Many old iPhone users must know that iOS 6 had to face many controversies after the release. Despite the fact that iOS 6 did give Siri to the world, the OS version had to face a lot of problems which also led to major changes.

During that time, Apple also had to face a strong competition from Google, whose Android smartphone platform was posing a threat to the iPhone. Google was providing Maps and YouTube apps pre-installed in its operating system. To compete with it, Apple introduced its own Maps app, which received negative reviews due to bugs.

As part of the company’s efforts to solve the problems, Apple CEO Tim Cook fired the head of iOS development, Scott Forstall.

Key New Features:

  • Apple Maps
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Passbook

iOS 5

Support ended:  2014

Final version: 5.1.1. Release Date: May 7, 2012

Initial version: Release Date: Oct. 12, 2011

In iOS 5, Apple introduced essential new features and platforms in regards to going wireless and cloud computing. More features that are now a main part of iOS debuted here, including iMessage and Notification Centre.

Key New Features:

  • iMessage
  • Notification Centre
  • iCloud
  • Wireless syncing and activation

iOS 4

Support ended: 2013

Final version: 4.3.5. Release Date: July 25, 2011

Initial version: Release Date: June 22, 2010

Many features of modern iOS debuted in iOS 4, including FaceTime, multitasking, iBooks, organizing apps into folders, Personal Hotspot, AirPlay, and AirPrint.

Another important change was the name ‘iOS’ itself. It was unveiled for the first time for this version. Previously it was called as ‘iPhone OS’.

Key New Features:

  • FaceTime
  • AirPlay
  • Personal Hotspot
  • AirPrint
  • Multitasking
  • iBooks

iOS 3

Support ended: 2012

Final version: 3.2.2. Release Date: Aug. 11, 2010

Initial version: Released Date: June 17, 2009

The iPhone 3GS and iOS 3, both were released together. iOS 3 features include copy and paste, Spotlight search, MMS support in the Messages app, and the ability to record videos using the Camera app. iOS was the first version to support the iPad.

Key New Features:

  • Copy and paste
  • Recording videos
  • Spotlight search

iOS 2

Support ended: 2011

Final version: Release Date: January 27, 2009

Initial version: Release Date: July 11, 2008

One year after the release of the first iPhone, Apple released iOS 2.0 (then called iPhone OS 2.0). The most notable change introduced in this version was the App Store and its support for third-party apps. Other important changes were podcast support and public transit and walking directions in Maps.

Key New Features:

  • App Store
  • Improved Maps app

iOS 1

Support ended: 2010

Final version: 1.1.5. Release Date: July 15, 2008

Initial version: Release Date: June 29, 2007

This was the first iOS version, released in 2007. This iOS supported for features he multi-touch screen, Visual Voicemail, and iTunes integration.

Version 1.1, which was released in September of 2007 was the first version of the software compatible with the iPod touch.

Key New Features:

  • Visual Voicemail
  • Multi-touch interface
  • Safari browser
  • Music app

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