Do you remember when iPhone was without a background? Here is the evolution of iOS from 2007 to today (photo)
Although there are still those who insist on denying it, iPhone has profoundly marked the history of information technology and, above all, of mobile technology. Although the competition is now more than fierce, talking about real smartphones prior to the first Apple device is a bit of a gamble: however, iOS hasn’t always been this cool aesthetically and full of apps to do just about anything. Who remembers, for example, when the App Store didn’t exist and iPhone didn’t even have the wallpaper? To realize how quickly smartphones have changed in less than ten years and, why not, also to make us take a hit of nostalgia, let’s retrace the history of all versions of the mobile operating system of the apple together.
Maybe not everyone remembers it, but the first version of the operating system that moved iPhone it wasn’t even called iOS. This is obviously the most spartan release of this OS: there was no possibility to set a wallpaper (the background was always black), there was no App Store, it was not possible to take a screenshot and the list of shortcomings could continue long. However, it still represented a small one revolution in telephony: for the first time all interactions took place thanks to a capacitive display, without a stylus, and there was no physical keyboard.
iPhone OS 2
The second major release of Apple’s operating system was released in 2008 and introduced the App Store, giving all users the opportunity to download the apps and games that later became a real workhorse for the company, which also launched the slogan There’s an app for that. The main innovations at the operating system level were the division of telephone and contacts into two separate apps and the improvement of the calculator, which became a much more useful tool thanks to the numerous functions introduced.
iPhone OS 3 / iOS 3
The third version of the operating system was the one with which we began to talk about iOS (to be precise starting from iOS 3.2): released in 2009, it was one of the most important updates for the platform and introduced many new features. Among the many, it is worth mentioning: the ability to record and edit videos, MMS, voice commands (only on iPhone 3GS), copy and paste, spotlight searches, the landscape mode for the Mail and Messages apps and new system apps such as Voice Memos and Compass. In addition, in 2010 iOS also became an operating system for tablets, thanks of course to the launch of the first iPad.
In mid-2010, two of the most anticipated features by users arrived, along with iOS 4.0, which were already present on competing devices: the support for backgrounds and the multitasking. In addition, many more animations were introduced than in previous releases, the keyboard autocorrector was improved, and Exchange server support was added for the Mail app.
Released in 2011, iOS 5 was an update geared towards new features: around 200 were introduced, most of them of great significance. Among the main ones, it is worth mentioning: Notification Center, Siri, iMessage, iCloud, integration with Twitter And Game Center. In addition, the Safari browser received reading mode and the Camera and Mail applications also received important updates. Furthermore, iOS 5 was the first version to introduce the Over the air update (i.e. without the need to connect the USB cable).
The sixth version of iOS arrived in 2012 and, among other things, is remembered for being the first release without Youtube and Google Maps, Google applications that were later published by the Mountain View giant in the Play Store. Instead of the latter, iOS 6 integrated Apple Maps, Cupertino’s solution for maps and driving directions (which at first did not shine for functionality).
This version also brought theintegration with Facebook, the Do not disturb mode, the ability to reject a call with an SMS and Passbook, the new application where you can keep the data of tickets, loyalty cards, credit cards and much more.
iOS 7 is remembered primarily for the breakthrough that resulted in the interface of iPhone and iPad: with this version of the operating system, the chipping has been abandoned, in favor of a new flat UI and pastel colors.
Apart from the aesthetic changes, however, this release also brought with it important new features, such as: Control center, Today screen in Notification Center, improved multitasking, AirDrop and several improvements in Safari (such as the ability to browse in full screen).
Finally, as regards the multimedia sector, with iOS 7 the possibility of recording videos in slow motion (at 120 fps) and taking pictures in 4: 3 was introduced.
The latest major release of iOS, launched in mid-2014, was a small revolution for Apple’s operating system, mainly in terms of openness.
Taking its cue from the most famous competitors like Android, iOS 8 introduced support for third party keyboards, i widget in the Notification Center, the extensions that facilitate the sharing and exchange of data between apps, Continuity (i.e. the ability to reply and send SMS from the Mac) and Helaht (or Health, if you prefer), the Apple app that allows users to track their physical activities and collect all health-related data.
And iOS 9?
We still don’t know what all the new features that will be introduced in the next iOS release will be, but if you want to get an idea you can read our summary about everything you should know about iPhone 6S and iOS 9.