On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, here’s how iOS has transformed over the years

On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, here’s how iOS has transformed over the years


As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone today, let us not forget the operating system that powers it all: iOS. Introduced alongside the first-generation iPhone in 2007, the then-called iPhone OS was the basis of Apple’s first smartphone and its goal to introduce “a revolutionary product that changes everything.”

10 years later, the iOS has evolved just as much as the iPhone hardware has, if not more. Head below as we take a look at the progression of iOS over the years…

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When Steve Jobs originally unveiled the iPhone at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007, he proclaimed the iPhone ran “real Mac OS X” and was capable of running “desktop applications.” Fast forward a few months and the iPhone operating system had been renamed to just iPhone OS, and thus the introduction of iPhone OS 1.

iPhone OS 1 didn’t support native applications, with Jobs instead pushing developers to build web applications that “would behave like native apps on the iPhone.” Jobs eventually changed course, however, and announced the iPhone SDK.

The iPhone SDK was announced in 2007, with the App Store opening in July 2008 with 500 applications available alongside iPhone OS 2. That number has since risen to over 2.2 million. iPhone OS 2 was free to iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod Touch users. iPhone OS 2 also included new features such as push notifications. Here’s how the company described iPhone OS way back in 2008:

With the free iPhone 2.0 Software Update, your iPhone does even more. Extend its capabilities with innovative applications you download…



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