History of iOS

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With the “Gather Round” Apple media Event scheduled for September 12, 2018, there are plenty of rumors circulating about what will be announced. While we won’t add to the rumor mill, history says that it is a pretty sure bet that the next version of the iOS operating system will be released, or at least a firm release date will be announced.

iOS 12 was first announced at the June 4, 2018 media event and promises to introduce several new features. Like macOS, Apples mobile operating system has come a long way since its humble beginnings so we thought it would be interesting to take a stroll down memory lane. The chart below provides some of the highlights of iOS from its introduction in 2007 to where we are today.

Version NumberDate AnnouncedDate ReleasedFinal VersionMajor Enhancements
iPhone OS 16/9/076/29/071.1.5Initial release for Phone, iPod and Internet Device
iPhone OS 2March 20087/11/082.2.1Ap Store
Improved Maps
Added Language Support
iPhone OS 3March 20096/17/093.2.2Cut/Copy/Paste
Spotlight Search
Turn-by-Turn Navigation
iOS 4March 20106/21/104.3.5Facetime
Airplay
AirPrint
iBooks
Personal Hotspots
iOS 56/6/1110/12/115.1.1iCloud
iMessage
Notification Center
Siri
Wireless Sync & Activation
iOS 66/11/129/19/126.1.6Apple Maps
Do Not Disturb
Passbook
iOS 76/10/139/18/137.1.2Activation Lock
AirDrop
CarPlay
Control Center
Touch ID
iOS 86/2/149/17/148.4.1Apple Music
Apple Pay
iCloud Drive
Handoff
Family Sharing
Third-Party Keyboards
HomeKit
iOS 96/8/159/16/159.3.5Night Shift
Low Power Mode
iOS 106/13/169/13/1610.3.3Delete Built-In Apps
iOS 116/5/179/19/1711.4.1Augmented Reality
AirPlay 2
iOS 126/4/189/17/18TBDGroup FaceTime
Measaure App
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