15 interesting facts about history of iOS

iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. for its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. Here’s a brief history of iOS with some interesting facts:

  1. The first version of iOS was released on June 29, 2007, along with the original iPhone.
  2. The operating system was originally called “iPhone OS” and was later renamed to iOS in 2010 with the release of the iPad.
  3. iOS was based on the Mac OS X operating system, which is used on Apple’s desktop and laptop computers.
  4. iOS 2, released in 2008, was the first version of the operating system to support third-party apps. Before that, only Apple’s built-in apps could be used on the iPhone.
  5. In 2010, with the release of iOS 4, Apple introduced multitasking, allowing users to switch between apps without having to close them.
  6. With iOS 5 in 2011, Apple introduced iMessage, a messaging app that allowed iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users to send messages to each other for free over Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  7. In 2013, Apple redesigned the look of iOS with the release of iOS 7. The update introduced a flatter, more colorful design and new features such as Control Center and AirDrop.
  8. In 2016, Apple introduced the iOS 10 update, which included new features such as an updated lock screen, redesigned Control Center, and a new version of Siri with third-party app integration.
  9. With the release of iOS 11 in 2017, Apple introduced augmented reality (AR) features to the operating system, allowing developers to create apps that overlay digital content onto the real world.
  10. In 2015, Apple released its Swift programming language, which was designed specifically for iOS app development. It quickly gained popularity among developers and has become a standard for iOS app development.
  11. As of September 2021, there are over 2.2 million apps available on the App Store for iOS devices.
  12. Apple’s App Store has paid out over $230 billion to developers since its launch in 2008, with $45 billion of that being paid out in 2020 alone.
  13. In 2018, iOS had a global market share of 14.87%, making it the second most popular mobile operating system in the world after Android.
  14. The iOS App Store generates more revenue than Google Play, with iOS apps bringing in $64 billion in revenue in 2020 compared to Google Play’s $38.6 billion.
  15. Apple has been known to release new versions of iOS with a “golden master” build, which is the final version of the operating system that is released to developers and used for testing before the public release. However, some developers have discovered hidden features in these builds that were not announced by Apple, leading to speculation and excitement among iOS users.