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History of Apple iOS | Various Versions of iOS released

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We all say iOS, but do you what does it mean by? What is the complete history of Apple iOS? What are the various versions of iOS released so far? Now, let’s answers all these questions.

What is iOS?

iOS is the mobile operating system that was developed by Apple exclusively for its devices. Apple iOS was formerly called an iPhone Operating System but with the release of other Apple products like iPad, iPod Touch etc… it was termed as iOS to match all the Apple products.

History of Apple iOS

Now, let’s have a glance at the history of Apple iOS. iOS is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple Inc. It was released in 2007 for the iPhone and iPod touch and has been extended to support other Apple devices such as iPad and Apple TV.

Initially, the Apple marketing literature did not specify any separate name for the operating system, and they simply called it “iPhone runs OS X”. The operating system was unveiled with the iPhone at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007. It was then later released in the month of June 2007.

iOS versions and their features

Initially, Apple has its own native apps on the iPhone and any third-party applications were not supported in it. Later, Steve Jobs argued that developers could build web applications that “would behave like native apps on the iPhone“. Finally, Apple announced the development of a native Software Development Kit (SDK) and is expected to be delivered “in developers’ hands in the month of February 2008”.

Various Versions of iOS

Coming to the various versions of iOS, Apple iOS 1.0 was initially released in 2007 and by 2017 we are into iOS 11. Let’s get into complete details of the different versions of iOS and their release dates.

iOS Version Release Date Support for Devices
iOS 1.0 June 29, 2007 iPhone
iOS 2.0 June 11, 2008 iPhone
iOS 3.0 June 17, 2009 iPhone and iPod Touch
iOS 4.0 June 21, 2010 iPhone and iPod touch
iOS 5.0 October 12, 2011 iPod Touch and iPad
iOS 6.0 September 19, 2012 iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
iOS 7.0 September 18, 2013 iPhone(4 +), iPod Touch(5G +) and iPad (2+)
iOS 8.0 September 17, 2014 iPhone(4S +), iPod Touch(5G +), iPad Mini (1G) and iPad (2+)
iOS 9.0 September 16, 2015 iPhone(4S +), iPod Touch(5G +), iPad Mini (1G +) and iPad (2+)
iOS 10.0 September 13, 2016 iPhone(5 +), iPod Touch(5G +), iPad Mini (1G +) and iPad (4+)
iOS 11.0 September 19, 2017 iPhone(5S +), iPod Touch(6G +), iPad Mini (2G +) and iPad Air




apple ios history by version release years

These are the various versions of iOS available so far, and this year we are going to soon see iOS 12.0 in the month of September 2018.

Originally posted 2018-06-28 00:06:56.