Fewer debates have divided a people as much as iPhone versus Android. Both fan bases can be especially competitive in their defense for their beloved mobile operating systems, but how did it all start? Here’s a brief history of Apple’s iOS.
Well, it all started way back in 2007 when the late Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone. The phone could hardly handle 3G, it lacked the copy and paste feature, and it couldn’t run third party apps. But it was a huge step in the right direction. Though today we might view it as nothing all that special – what with our smart TVs and fitbits – at the time it was massively popular, as there hadn’t been much of anything like it beforehand.
The second version of iOS, which came out the following year, introduced the App Store; this allowed people to download third party applications and new games. Along with those features, the new phone had expanded customization to make each one unique to the owner. Many of the beloved iOS capabilities we see today still hadn’t been implemented quite yet, but were definitely in development.
The next few years were marked by the release of a new iPhone with each year that passed. Simple capabilities like copying and pasting became commonplace with every iteration, TV shows and audio books became available through iTunes, purchasing within apps was all delivered by the fifth installment of iOS. With iOS 5 also came the rise of voice control, which could now interact with other apps.
Everything we know and love about the iOS today all happened within the span of a few short years. From Facetime to Siri, iOS boasted about its ability to “just work,” and to do so as efficiently as possible. With each release came updates that fine-tuned the features.
As of now, iOS remains the second most popular mobile operating system worldwide, behind Android. Which is probably the reason the two brands have such a nasty feud going on. While there haven’t been many new internal software developments for a long while, iOS released their new wireless headphones just recently, ridding the phone of the audio jack in order to make things more “convenient”.