All the news that iOS brought to the iPhone throughout its history — 2022
The recent history of Apple would not be understood without the existence of the iPhone, which in turn owes much to its iOS operating system. Precisely this software is one of the exclusivities that the brand has and for which thousands of users decide each year to switch from Android devices to iPhone. But how has this system evolved throughout history? We do in this article a review of all of it, knowing the most outstanding data of each of them.
What is iOS exactly?
We call iOS to the operating system that the iPhone and iPod touch have and that in a large part of its versions was also that of the iPad. is the Graphic interface of these devices, that is, what we see. But it is also what we touch, the settings they have, the applications they integrate and much more. It is a system that is also exclusive to apple , so you will not find it in terminals that have been manufactured by other brands.
We usually find one major version of iOS per year , which have been launched in the months of September for some time now. Then in between we can find intermediate versions of these that bring less remarkable news and that usually include bug fixes and security improvements. It does not cost money, since it is something that is paid when buying a device like the iPhone, which will also receive more software updates in addition to the one that is already installed as standard (although there will come a time when it will become obsolete in this sense and receive no more.)
These iOS releases occur Worldwide and always in the same date . Unlike Android devices that have to be adapted to each terminal, Apple releases these versions on specific dates and since then anyone who has a compatible device can update it by connecting to its servers (via OTA from the terminal settings or connecting it to a wired computer).
Evolution of iOS during its early years
Today they are 15 versions of iOS that we have seen, although initially this was not the name received. Below you will be able to see in more detail what the main novelties have been in the beginning of this system when it was not even called iOS.
The beginning of an era with iPhone OS 1
This operating system was actually presented in January 2007 together with the first and revolutionary iPhone, so the hardware-software union was the most relevant. Therefore, the launch occurred at the same time as that first Apple mobile device, the June 29, 2007. It was also later integrated into the first iPod touch, thus having both devices as recipients of this iPhone OS 1.
- iPhone OS 1
- iPhone OS 1.0.1
- iPhone OS 1.0.2
- iPhone OS 1.1
- iPhone OS 1.1.1
- iPhone OS 1.1.4
- iPhone OS 1.1.5
- iPhone OS 2
- iPhone OS 2.0.1
- iPhone OS 2.0.2
- iPhone OS 2.1
- iPhone OS 2.1.2
- iPhone OS 2.1.3
- iPhone OS 2.2
- iPhone OS 2.2.1
- iPhone OS 3
- iPhone OS 3.0.1
- iPhone OS 3.1
- iPhone OS 3.1.2
- iPhone OS 3.1.3
- iPhone OS 3.2
- iPhone OS 3.2.1
- iPhone OS 3.2.2
- iOS 4
- iOS 4.0.1
- iOS 4.0.2
- iOS 4.1
- iOS 4.2
- iOS 4.3
- iOS 5
- iOS 5.0.1
- iOS 5.1
- iOS 5.1.1
- iOS 6
- iOS 6.0.1
- iOS 6.0.2
- iOS 6.1
- iOS 6.1.1
- iOS 6.1.2
- iOS 6.1.3
- iOS 6.1.4
- iOS 6.1.5
- iOS 6.1.6
- iOS 7
- iOS 7.0.1
- iOS 7.0.2
- iOS 7.0.3
- iOS 7.0.4
- iOS 7.0.5
- iOS 7.0.6
- iOS 7.1
- iOS 7.1.1
- iOS 7.1.2
- iOS 8.1
- iOS 8.1.1
- iOS 8.1.2
- iOS 8.1.3
- iOS 8.3
- iOS 8.4
- iOS 8.4.1
- iOS 9
- iOS 9.0.1
- iOS 9.0.2
- iOS 9.1
- iOS 9.2
- iOS 9.2.1
- iOS 9.3
- iOS 9.3.1
- iOS 9.3.2
- iOS 9.3.3
- iOS 9.3.4
- iOS 9.3.5
- iOS 9.3.6
- iOS 10
- iOS 10.0.2
- iOS 10.0.3
- iOS 10.1
- iOS 10.1.1
- iOS 10.2
- iOS 10.2.1
- iOS 10.3
- iOS 10.3.1
- iOS 10.3.2
- iOS 10.3.3
- iOS 10.3.4
- iOS 11
- iOS 11.0.1
- iOS 11.0.2
- iOS 11.0.3
- iOS 11.1
- iOS 11.1.1
- iOS 11.1.2
- iOS 11.2
- iOS 11.2.1
- iOS 11.2.2
- iOS 11.2.5
- iOS 11.2.6
- iOS 11.3
- iOS 11.3.1
- iOS 11.5
- iOS 11.4.1
- iOS 12
- iOS 12.0.1
- iOS 12.1
- iOS 12.1.1
- iOS 12.1.2
- iOS 12.1.3
- iOS 12.1.4
- iOS 12.2
- iOS 12.3
- iOS 12.3.1
- iOS 12.3.2
- iOS 12.4
- iOS 12.4.1
- iOS 12.4.2
- iOS 12.4.3
- iOS 12.4.4
- iOS 12.4.5
- iOS 12.4.6
- iOS 12.4.7
- iOS 12.4.8
- iOS 12.4.9
- iOS 12.5
- iOS 12.5.1
- iOS 12.5.2
- iOS 12.5.3
- iOS 12.5.4
- iOS 13
- iOS 13.1
- iOS 13.1.1
- iOS 13.1.2
- iOS 13.1.3
- iOS 13.2
- iOS 13.2.2
- iOS 13.2.3
- iOS 13.3
- iOS 13.3.1
- iOS 13.4
- iOS 13.4.1
- iOS 13.5
- iOS 13.5.1
- iOS 13.6
- iOS 13.6.1
- iOS 13.7
- iOS 14
- iOS 14.0.1
- iOS 14.1
- iOS 14.2
- iOS 14.2.1
- iOS 14.4
- iOS 14.4.1
- iOS 14.4.2
- iOS 14.5
- iOS 14.5.1
- iOS 14.6
- iOS 14.7
- iOS 14.7.1
- iOS 14.8
- iOS 14.8.1
- iOS 15
- iOS 15.0.1
- iOS 15.0.2
- iOS 15.1
- iOS 15.1.1 (for iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max only)
- iOS 15.2
- iOS 15.2.1
- iOS 15.3
- iOS 15.3.1
Apple originally introduced this software as a OS X version , although at launch it was already renamed to iPhone OS 1. As it was a first version, it lacked many functions that we consider essential today, but that were revolutionary in their time and practically everything it brought was a novelty. Critics went so far as to claim that Apple was 5 years ahead of the competition thanks to the original iPhone and this iPhone OS 1.
Although it did not allow third-party apps to be installed except by jailbreak, this operating system was already more than apt to be integrated into a smartphone. I had a safari browser adapted to mobile, entertainment applications such as YouTube , a GPS system like Google Maps and the always appreciable possibility of listening to music downloaded from iTunes. In fact Steve Jobs did not stop repeating in the presentation keynote that the iPhone was the addition of iPod + phone + internet .
Other interesting applications that this first version also had were Texts, Notes, Calendar, Time, Calculator... Obviously it also included others such as the one related to the camera or the settings in which to configure the terminal.
To level aesthetic It stood out for its skeleton, very similar to what we found in the company's computers at that time. It had a main background in black where the applications were located (with dock included) and a background on the lock screen with a clown fish as the protagonist that is already the company's history.
The evolution of the revolution in iPhone OS 2
The July 11, 2008 This update was officially released and was not only compatible with the new generation of iPhone and iPod touch, but was also allowed to be installed on the former. These were at the end the list of terminals that could be updated, although in the case of the iPod touch $9.95 was requested:
The great novelty of this version and that would change these devices forever was the arrival of the App Store . Users could finally download applications beyond the native iPhone and iPod touch, allowing developers to create apps and games of all kinds. Steve Jobs announced 500 applications of departure, which at the time was quite a milestone.
there was also cosmetic changes in some parts of the system and also in applications. Mail had an aesthetic change in which push emails were integrated, also adding compatibility with Microsoft Office and attachments. Other improvements came with the possibility of power import contacts from sim card .
It was a version that was generally very well received, despite the fact that there were those who still missed features. Technology experts took advantage of this new operating system update to reaffirm that Apple was 5 years ahead of its competitors, this time also thanks to software.
The updates that we found in this iPhone OS 2 were the following:
Finally able to copy and paste on iPhone OS 3
On March 17, 2009, Apple made a preview of the novelties that we would find in this third version of its software for iPhone and iPod touch, which would eventually also be added to the iPad in its presentation the following year. It was officially launched June 17, 2009 and ended up being compatible with all these devices:
An action as daily as that of copy/cut and paste It is common in any device of this class, but surprisingly it could not be done in Apple mobile equipment until the arrival of this version. It was in fact the subject of numerous jokes for it, but finally it arrived and it was accompanied by the possibility of having a landscape keyboard for the first time. To this was added a new voice control Of the device.
The iPhone store improved with the possibility of rent and buy movies , also adding other aspects such as parental controls. This allowed developers to add to the App Store adult-focused apps , although always within a limit in which sex or violence were not allowed.
These were all the versions of iPhone OS 3, in addition to its first version released in that month of June:
iOS 4 with multitasking, browser, folders and more
For the first time, devices like the iPhone and the original iPod touch were left without a software update after the release of this version on June 21, 2010 . Those who could enjoy this update were the following devices:
Notably upgrading an iPod touch no longer cost money as in previous versions. Although the most striking thing about this version at first was the system name change , going from iPhone OS to the iOS abbreviation that is still used today. It made all the sense in the world if we also take into account that at that time it was no longer an exclusive software for phones, but it was also the one that mounted the iPad, iPod touch and even Apple TV.
After many requests from users, features such as multitask or the Spotlight native browser. The first meant being able to have apps open in the background and open them at any time without having to load them again, while the second brought a breath of fresh air to searching for apps and data on the device.
The possibility of create folders in which to host the dozens of applications that could be installed from the still brand new App Store. Precisely the developers were given the opportunity to access calendars and other native data (with the express permission of the user) in order to provide them with a better user experience.
These are all the versions that we could find in this iOS 4:
Siri and notifications: what's new in iOS 5
The October 12, 2011 , little more than a month after the death of the legendary Steve Jobs, this version was launched, which had been presented in June at the WWDC of that year. This software had the following device compatibility:
The great novelty for which this version went down in history was the arrival of the assistant Siri. Although its launch was actually more closely linked to the iPhone 4s, the truth is that it was forever associated with iOS. For the first time we could find a friendly voice to ask questions or ask to perform actions on our device, although Apple said it was still in beta version.
Another great novelty was the introduction of notifications . This warning system that was present in Android was longed for by iPhone users. It arrived in a similar way, but with a very 'Apple' touch in terms of visual style. They could be grouped by groups and did not interrupt the actions that were being carried out on the device.
It was also very well received. be able to add the twitter account to the system to integrate it into a multitude of applications such as YouTube. Although if this version stood out in messaging for something, it was because of the arrival of iMessage , Apple's own service that is still in force today and has become the most used in the United States. Numerous details were also polished in native applications such as Camera, Mail or Gamecenter, adding to the catalog a reminder app own.
Although without a doubt one of the most important steps was to allow the updates via OTA , as well as device configuration without the need for a computer. It was a change that, despite being something common today, would mark a before and after in the operating system.
This is still today the version of iOS with the fewest updates in history, with only five if we count the initial version:
The failure of Apple Maps in iOS 6
The September 19, 2012 Almost at the same time as the release of the iPhone 5, Apple officially launched a software version that had been in beta for more than 3 months after it was presented at the WWDC held in June. It was compatible with the following devices:
The siri enhancements They were expected like water in May despite the good taste in the mouth that it left on its launch a year ago. Although it was still considered in beta, the assistant was already capable of giving very useful and precise information about sports results or upcoming releases on the cinema billboard. To this were added other improvements such as an evolved voice that became much more realistic.
In the most recent iPhone there was the possibility of make FaceTime calls using mobile data , something that until then was only possible through WiFi networks. They also joined privacy enhancements including a function that is still key today: Search my Iphone , allowing the device to be located on a map if it was lost or stolen. And yes, this time for everyone and not just MobileMe customers.
However, this version was marked by the great failure of the native Apple application as an alternative to Google Maps that had been incorporated in previous generations natively. It was presented in a very nice way, with many attractive features and yet it made the company even have to apologize at the time of launching iOS 6. Its poor development even led to the dismissal of well-known faces in the company.
Up to 10 updates of this iOS 6 we find, including version 6.0 with which they were released:
Turning point in the aesthetic section
Since 2013, the iPhone operating system has completely changed, offering a redesigned interface that is still preserved today. It was released with iOS 7 and it was improving over time until reaching our days.
Goodbye to skeletonism from iOS 7
One of the most important and still remembered versions of iOS in these times. It was officially launched on September 18, 2013 , having previously appeared at WWDC that year. The compatibility of this with Apple devices was as follows:
It is known as one of the most groundbreaking versions of history for having completely redesigned the interface , leaving behind the design known as esqueuformismo. This term refers to the styling of icons and buttons in a way that resembles the actual elements they represent. In this version we chose warmer colors and more designs minimalist with a certain modern air and with more room in the digital environment.
The redesign was also accompanied by new functions that we still have today, such as the arrival of the control center and notification center . Native applications such as Photos The Camera with much simpler and more intuitive interfaces. All this accompanying a Siri out of beta after its presentation the previous year.
At the security level, the iCloud Keychain with which to store all the keys and passwords, saving us from having to memorize them or write them down on paper. Along the same lines, a Improved Find My iPhone with which to block the device in case of loss or theft.
These were all the versions that Apple released of this iOS 7 in addition to the initial version:
The Apple ecosystem embodied in iOS 8
At WWDC 2014 this version of Apple's operating system was presented, although it would not be until September 17, 2014 when the company officially released this operating system for the following devices:
The most outstanding novelty in this generation was what was called continuity between devices . In other words, if a call is received on the iPhone, it also jumps on the iPad or Mac and can be answered from any of them. It was applied to various fields and is a novelty that today remains one of the bastions of what is known as the Apple ecosystem and the integration between them. Another point where this continuity affected was in the photo sync on all devices.
It became a notification redesign with the aim of being able to interact with them without having to leave the application that is in use at the time the notice arrives. Also added the ability to share shopping with family , as well as the possibility of having an Apple cloud with iCloud Drive .
Other of the most relevant integrations of this version is the search engine improvement (Spotlight) , which allows universal searches of all kinds (installed apps or from the App Store, songs, internet data...). To this function is added a new health app in which to write down all the records related to health, forgive the redundancy. It was also the version that introduced Apple Pay for the first time.
Regarding its intermediate versions, we could find all these updates:
iOS 9 with widgets and Siri suggestions
The ninth version of the operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was released to the public on September 21, 2015 . This operating system had been presented in June and was compatible with all these Californian brand products:
In Apple's own words, iOS 9 was 50% faster than iOS 8. In addition to that performance improvement, added Siri-relevant improvements , allowing the assistant to better understand the context of what was being asked and with the possibility of giving suggestions regarding the queries that we could make. All this housed in a left part in which also widgets were released , having some as interesting as the battery.
It was also redesigned organizing the Photos app , adding new albums created automatically depending on the type of image (selfies, panoramas, captures...). There were also improvements to other native apps such as Mail with new gestures or the welcome of the iCloud Drive app to manage files in the Apple cloud. In the field of security and privacy they implemented the two factor authentication , through which brand devices are protected.
Up to 13 different versions are found in this version, including all intermediate versions.
iOS 10 was one of the most stable
As usual, the WWDC 2016 served to publicize new software, including this iOS 10. The first version for the public was released on September 13, 2016 , a few days after the presentation of the iPhone 7. The devices compatible with this and the following versions were these:
Years after its release, many developers remember how the first betas of these versions were among the most stability they had, something that would later materialize in the final versions. At the functional level, they were added 3D touch enhancements presented the previous year with the iPhone 6s, as well as aesthetic improvements in the widgets .
A function that was also very liked despite passing by the beginning was the face recognition in the Photos app , being able to order the albums based on the people who appeared in the snapshots of the reel. Something similar to what happened with the integration of song lyrics in Apple Music.
The artificial intelligence also took a step forward with an improvement of Siri and its full integration with devices HomeKit, platform also presented for the occasion to be able to unite Apple devices with smart accessories such as light bulbs, thermostats or blinds.
It was one of the versions with the fewest updates in recent history, which may also be a sign of its stability.
iOS 11 and the new control center
Although its official launch did not take place until September 19, 2017, iOS 11 had been presented at WWDC that year, held just three months earlier. It was the first to leave behind iPhones with 32-bit chips, having the following device compatibility:
This version incorporated interesting improvements in the iPad such as a renewed dock in which more applications could fit for the first time. Although the highlight came back to the iPhone with a revamped control center to which functions demanded for years were finally added, such as the activation and deactivation of mobile data. Also introduced is the ability to use AirPlay 2 to stream music to devices more efficiently.
The app Files It debuted in this version as the first macOS Finder-style folder, file, and document manager. Through this app it was also possible to synchronize cloud storage services such as Apple's own iCloud Drive or other very popular ones such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Although the center of the controversy was in the number of bugs that most versions of this iOS 11 had. And to this was added a device slowdown older that was the subject of a complaint by various associations, forcing Apple to rectify, apologize and offer cheaper battery replacements in affected phones (even free in some).
These were the versions of iOS 11 throughout its validity period:
Tweaks plus stability equals iOS 12
After the aforementioned disaster of iOS 11, WWDC 2018 arrived and Apple promised improvements in the stability of the operating system, something that was later more than fulfilled. The first official version was released on September 17, 2018 , being compatible with the following devices:
Beyond that promised good general performance, Apple brought some new features such as the possibility of do group facetime with up to 32 people at the same time. Of course, this function came to cause a lot of commotion for having opened a security flaw that allowed the camera and microphone of other participants to be activated without them having accepted the call. The company had to apologize for this and fixed the problem with an intermediate update.
Another relevant point was that notifications redesigned , not only changing their aesthetics or the way they are stacked, but also giving them the option to postpone them or give them a certain priority. There were also small cosmetic renovations in native applications such as Apple Musics, Books or Podcast, as well as the arrival of the famous Memoji stickers.
Although if there is a function that stands out from this iOS 12 and that in the end has continued to be squeezed, it is Shortcuts. This application came from the extinct Workflow, bought by Apple months before. This app opened the doors to new workflows and automations on iPhone and iPad, sharpening the ingenuity of the most creative and allowing them to be more productive in daily use.
Something curious was that there was iOS 12 updates in full 2020 with the aim of integrating the tracking function to prevent COVID-19, something that was added at the same time in iOS 13 and it was decided to implement it for those terminals such as the iPhone 5s and 6 that could not update to that next generation of software.
Up to 26 versions of this iOS 12 we have come to see in total, counting on all of these:
iOS 13 separated the path of the iPhone and iPad
Until the September 19, 2019, When the first of these versions was released, both the iPhone and the iPad (also the iPod touch) had carried the same operating system. With more or less notable differences, but always under the same name. However, at the WWDC of that 2019 Apple already advanced a change in this aspect. As far as compatible iPhone and iPod are concerned, this version left behind the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, having the following compatible ones:
The great novelty of this version was the long-awaited arrival of the dark mode , which was transferred to the entire operating system, including native and third-party applications that adapted their interfaces to match the rest. Among other noteworthy innovations was the possibility of swipe typing on the keyboard, a very useful function for typing with one hand.
Although if this iOS 13 stood out for something, it was for its performance , which was dated up to 30% more fluid than its previous version according to Apple itself. To this were added improvements in privacy such as the arrival of the Sign in with Apple , a system that allows you to register securely in a multitude of apps, websites and services without having to provide personal data that may be compromised.
And although it was not a novelty for iOS as such because it had spread to the rest of Apple devices, the truth is that the new company services saw their premiere on iPhone in this operating system. Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+, and the Apple Card credit card were platforms and services launched just weeks after the first version of iOS 13.
It was one of the iOS versions with the most intermediate updates:
iOS 14 brought privacy by flag
This version was presented at WWDC 2020 held at the end of June of that year, in which it was Apple's first telematic event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The official launch of its first version took place on September 16, 2020 . The compatible devices were the same as those of the previous iOS, therefore having an identical list to which the new phones launched that year were added:
Among its great innovations was the widget integration on any screen, being able to fit between the applications and with different sizes. Also a application library in order to organize them intelligently and be able to delete them from the main screen. Some improvements were also added to the interface such as the make Siri more compact without the assistant housing the entire screen while in use, something similar to what was done with incoming calls, which was also reduced to a pop-up at the top. Also came in this version picture-in-picture , a function that allows you to play video through a small window while browsing the system.
However, the most striking of these versions were privacy enhancements. Apple gave its users the power of decision regarding tracking by apps, being able to prevent them from recapitulating their personal and browsing data for advertising purposes. In the same way, a file was added to the App Store with the permissions that the applications have access to, so that they are totally transparent.
The controversy of this version came precisely from the improvements in privacy, since Apple had to do with Facebook due to the rejection of this company directed by Mark Zuckerberg. In their opinion, Apple was carrying out monopolistic practices with measures of this type. They announced a lawsuit against Apple and as of today there is still no dated trial for both companies to discuss this matter.
These are all the updates that this operating system has had:
iOS 15 improved FaceTime and notifications
At the moment this is the latest version of the iOS operating system to date. Its presentation took place at the WWDC held in June 2021. Its official launch was the September 20, 2021 , having the following compatible devices, with the addition of the new iPhones that were launched that same month:
The inclusion of the iPhone 6s and SE 1st generation in the compatibility was quite a surprise, since they were expected to be out of date. However, the fact of being a update without too many powerful news it allowed even those older devices to upgrade. At the aesthetic level there were practically no changes beyond some slight changes to some icons of native applications.
One of the most applauded functions were the improvements to FaceTime adding the blurring effect of the background, with noise cancellation functions to help listen to the caller if you are in a noisy environment and the possibility of creating links to calls that can be shared even with Android and Windows via the web.
Also the function of share screen and even power play content simultaneously in a video call were positive changes from iOS 15. This novelty was the star along with the improvements in notifications with the arrival of the modes of concentration that added new functions and limitations leaving behind the classic and only Do Not Disturb mode existing to date.
Another function was integrated, such as read text from pictures and even from the camera that was also very prominent, being able to extract said text and paste it anywhere. Of course, this function was limited by hardware requirements to iPhone XS and later (including the 'XR').
We also saw noticeable changes in the app from Grades , improving its system of labels and shared documents. As we also saw changes in Safari when it comes to allowing the navigation bar to be down, favoring navigation. In Apple Maps There were also notable changes in the interface, now offering more information and a much more realistic 3D view.
So far, these are the updates that this version has had: