Dieter Bohn of The Verge has an amazing walkthrough of how iOS has evolved since its release in 2007. The post takes a detailed look at the key iOS features and releases that Apple introduced throughout the years.

During the original iPhone announcement, Apple touted that it ran on the same Unix core as Mac OS X and that it used many of the same tools. However, it was clear even then that while there may be some shared elements between OS X and this new phone OS, it was a different-enough beast to warrant its own branding. When the original iPhone launched, the OS was called “iPhone OS” and it kept that name for four years, only changing to iOS with the release of iOS 4 in June of 2010. For the sake of simplicity (and because it’s a much-less awkward phrase), I’m going to indulge in a little revisionist history here and refer to all versions of the operating system as “iOS” in this piece.

Head on over to The Verge to read about the history of iOS. It’s amazing to see how far the platform has come.

  • Lucas Felix

    all i can think about now its the untethered jail

    • Anonymous

      no i dont want the untethered jail, i want the untethered jailBREAK!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is quite the intresting piece! :3

  • Not to be funny… But I can look at my 4s and see a visual history of iOS because it looks the f$&king same. #cantwait4jailbreak

  • I took the time to let Siri tell me the story of ios and also the companion article about androids history. It gives a really interesting unbiased side by side view of both os’s.

    In conclusion of both articles I’d have to say android tends to bring a lot of good features to the table, but they initianally always have issues, like the copy and paste integration, which was useless due to it’s limitations. When iOS eventually brought it into iOS, it worked wel “right out of the box”, but it did take a few years before it was to be found in the box at all.

    In their own way they are both playing catch up to the other. Reading up on Android did increase my admiration for the platform, but simultaneously confirmed that iOS was and is the right choice for me.