Apple’s software is currently considered one of the most efficient and fastest. The iOS system (iPhone Operating System) was originally launched only for iPhone; however, it was expanded to other brand devices. This new article brings you the evolution of the iOS operating system and the latest updates of the latest Apple operating system: iOS 15.
As we have commented in the introduction, iOS, in its beginnings, was developed only for the iPhone.
iPhone OS 1.0: The first version of iOS arrived in June 2007, although it was called: iPhone OS. This version was only compatible with the first generation of the brand’s mobile phones and with the iPod Touch and did not allow application downloads.
iPhone OS 2.0: In this second version of the operating system, the App Store arrived in 2008, installed on the iPhone 3G, compatible with this type of network. The App Store of this version barely had 500 apps available, although they increased rapidly later.
iPhone OS 3.0: The third version arrived in June 2009 with many improvements such as landscape view in Mail, SMS, and Notes. The possibility of recording voice notes and a Spotlight content search engine that allowed you to find apps, music, contacts, or search the web was also incorporated. Also important was the arrival of the essential function of copying and pasting text. It was the first version of the operating system to appear on the iPad.
iOS 4: in 2010, the name of the operating system was changed because, as we have explained, initially, it could only be used on iPhone devices, although later, devices such as the iPod touch or iPad began to appear. This version stopped supporting older devices, meaning it could no longer be used on the first-generation iPhone and iPod touch. This version included the creation of playlists from the device itself, 5x digital zoom or focus using the touch screen while recording a video, viewing images by Faces and Places, spell correction in Mail and Notes, among others.
Applications, the compatibility with wireless keyboards via Bluetooth, greater support for companies (better data protection, mobile management, wireless application distribution, multiple Exchange accounts, SSL VPN, and Exchange Server 2010 support…), or integration with the Retina display (present in the iPhone 4 and which has a resolution four times higher). This same year, Apple showed the world FaceTime, the app that allows us to make video calls through our iPhone. During the 2010 keynote, the then CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, showed us how his new invention worked. The first public FaceTime call was made between Steve Jobs and Jony Ive live to show us how easy it was to use the service.
iOS 5: this version left us in 2011 with the famous quick function of accessing the Camera from the lock screen or the well-known action of sliding your finger from top to bottom to make notifications appear on the screen, also being able to see notifications from the locked screen. In conclusion, this update left us with more than 200 updates, most of which are the most important and recognized among Apple users.
iOS 6: The 2012 version was introduced on the iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 4th generation, and iPad Mini devices. The great novelty was Siri, which allowed multiple functionalities such as opening applications through a voice command. The “do not disturb” mode was also incorporated, which allows you to suppress incoming calls and notifications, among others.
iOS 7: This new version, released in September 2013, added a completely redesigned user interface and hundreds of new features such as the Control Center, a much tidier and more useful Notification Centre, AirDrop, improved multitasking, the latest versions from apps like Safari, Mail, Photos or Siri. The Camera app was more intuitive and comfortable thanks to its new design; it also includes new options to take square photos, add filters in real-time or switch from one mode to another (video, images, square, and panorama) with just a swipe. The photos app incorporated the function of the time and location in which the photos and videos were taken.
iOS 8: in 2014, this new version of iOS was launched, which left among the main novelties the incorporation of Apple Music, a music service that broadcasts international radio 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It brought a redesign of the clock, Passbook and music icons, support for third-party keyboards, and interactive notifications among its improvements.
iOS 9: iOS 15 was released in 2015, and with this update, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch became smarter and more proactive, with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking for iPad lets you work with two apps simultaneously, side by side, or with the new Picture-in-Picture (PIP) feature. And the built-in apps are more powerful, with detailed traffic information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and a new News app. Additionally, enhancements made to the base operating system improve performance and security and provide up to an hour more battery life.
iOS 10: the 2016 version included, among its changes, the design of notifications, the possibility of opening infinite tabs in Safari, and a total renovation of Photos, with facial recognition and functionality that allows photographs to be viewed on a map showing the places where they were made. In addition, the possibility of viewing the current location of the AirPods or the place where they were last was included.
iOS 11: In 2017, iOS 11 brought a revamp of the control centre and a change in the way you see notifications on the lock screen. It is only compatible with devices with 64-bit processors, so devices with 32-bit processors such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4th generation are excluded.
iOS 12: In September 2018, Apple brought the new iOS 12, which was released with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max devices. This release brought performance improvements and new features. Memoji appeared (a new, more customizable Animoji system), making messages more expressive and fun. Siri Shortcuts are a faster way to get things done, with the ability to make any app work with Siri, among other features.
iOS 13: iOS 13 debuted in 2019, introducing dark mode, new ways to view and edit photos, and a new private way to sign in to apps and websites with just a tap. In addition, this update is faster and smoother thanks to optimizations made throughout the system that improve the opening of apps, reduce their download size and make Face ID work even faster.
iOS 14: iOS 14 was launched in 2020. Among the main novelties, we should highlight the home screen customization options, with an application drawer, widgets, Picture in picture mode, improvements to the Siri assistant, some changes in the apps by default, and many other modifications in different pre-installed system apps. Maps add biking directions and make it easy to find new places you’ll love with guides.
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What are the main novelties of iOS 15?
Currently, the new version of iOS has left us with many new features that make our day-to-day technology increasingly easier. Among the main novelties we find;
Face ID: Face ID has been adapted to the current circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is inconvenient for users to have to lower the mask to unlock the device or make payments. That’s why with iOS 15.4. We can unlock the iPhone even if you wear a mask. You can also pay with Apple Pay, sign in to apps, and set passwords. The iPhone will analyze the unique personal characteristics of the eye area to identify you. However, this update only works from iPhone 12 onwards.
Facetime: By using SharePlay, you can continue talking on Facetime while watching series and movies, listening to music, or showing your screen.
Spatial audio: From a “Wide Spectrum” system that uses artificial intelligence to isolate our voice and improve it to spatial audio during calls.
Grid display: Thanks to this functionality, we can see the call participants in boxes of the same size. In addition, it is impossible to lose the thread of the conversation since the person who is speaking is automatically highlighted.
Portrait mode: we can activate this mode so that you become the centre of attention and there are no distractions from the environment.
Microphone modes: three voice modes are incorporated; Voice isolation mode reduces ambient noise and only gives prominence to your voice. With the background sound mode, you can listen to the music or all the sounds around you.
FaceTime with Android or Windows: thanks to this update, we will be able to enjoy video calls through FaceTime with Android and Windows users
Messages and Memoji: Links, images, and other content you receive via messages are now displayed in the Shared With You section of the corresponding app. You can even reply from the app you’re in without going back to Messages. Shared With You can be used for the Photos, Safari, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps. New Memoji: it is possible to add clothes to your mini you and also change the colour or add two and even three colours to your favourite outfit, also put masks, different colored eyes (you can change the colour of one of your eyes), different shapes of glasses, new gestures.
Focus modes: you can choose one of the options from the list or create one to suit your needs so that you only receive the notifications you want and can focus on your work. They do not disturb mode reaches another level by allowing us to configure several modes, each one with its notification permissions to certain apps and even being able to customize the home screen of our iPhone according to the chosen scenario. Scenarios that, in addition, will learn to activate and configure themselves automatically. In addition, your status can be displayed automatically in Messages and the communication apps that you decide on.
Maps: Maps now provide drivers with even the finest details of roads, such as turn lanes, crosswalks, and bike lanes. It also includes street-level perspectives as you approach tricky junctions. And the new specific driving map helps you know if there are any accidents or traffic jams at a glance. New functions for public transport: this integration allows you to see nearby stations and schedules and mark your favourite routes and have them appear first. And when you’re arriving at your stop, Maps warns you, so you don’t overdo it, something that has happened to us.
Safari: with the new iOS update, it allows you to see in Safari the tab bars at the bottom; you can swipe left or right to go from one tab to another or up to see all the ones you have open.
Wallet: with the wallet option, you can open doors at home, garage, hotel room, office… You will have the keys on the iPhone.
Live text: just by touching the text of a photo, you can make a phone call, send an email or look up an address with a single touch. You can copy and paste the information contained in that image. You can also use this function with the Camera simply by focusing on the text. And as if all this were not enough… We can also translate into up to 7 languages with Live Text.
Visual Search: By tapping a photo on your device or the internet, Visual Search highlights scenes and items it recognizes and gives you information. We will get information about art, places, nature, books, and pets.
Health: With this new version of the Health app, we can share our data with others, an indicator to assess the risk of falls, and trend analysis that helps us understand changes in health.