24 Facts About Apple iOS


In October 2007, Apple iOS announced that a native Software Development Kit was under development and that they planned to put it "in developers' hands in February".

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In September 2007, Apple iOS announced the iPod Touch, a redesigned iPod based on the iPhone form factor.

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In October 2016, Apple opened its first iOS Developer Academy in Naples inside University of Naples Federico II's new campus.

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Apple iOS homescreens are typically made up of app icons and widgets; app icons launch the associated app, whereas widgets display live, auto-updating content, such as a weather forecast, the user's email inbox, or a news ticker directly on the homescreen.

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New feature in Apple iOS 13 called "context menus" shows related actions when you touch and hold an item.

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IOS devices come with preinstalled apps developed by Apple including Mail, Maps, TV, Music, FaceTime, Wallet, Health, and many more.

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In June 2017, Apple iOS updated its guidelines to specify that app developers will no longer have the ability to use custom prompts for encouraging users to leave reviews for their apps.

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Applications for Apple iOS are mostly built using components of UIKit, a programming framework.

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At first, Apple did not intend to release an SDK to developers, because they did not want third-party apps to be developed for iOS, building web apps instead.

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The release of Apple iOS 7 introduced the ability to scale text or apply other forms of text accessibility changes through Settings.

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In iOS 9, Apple updated folder sizes for iPad hardware, allowing for 16 apps per page, still at 15 pages maximum, increasing the total to 240 apps.

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In iOS 5, Apple introduced Notification Center, which allows users to view a history of notifications.

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Criticism has been aimed at Apple iOS depending on both internet connection and a working SIM card upon first activation.

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Multitasking for Apple iOS was first released in June 2010 along with the release of Apple iOS 4.

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Implementation of multitasking in Apple iOS has been criticized for its approach, which limits the work that applications in the background can perform to a limited function set and requires application developers to add explicit support for it.

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In iOS 7, Apple introduced a new multitasking feature, providing all apps with the ability to perform background updates.

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In 2013, iOS 7 was released with full 64-bit support, after Apple announced that they were switching to 64-bit ARMv8-A processors with the introduction of the Apple A7 chip.

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However, backlash from developers prompted the company to reconsider, with Jobs announcing in October 2007 that Apple iOS would have a software development kit available for developers by February 2008.

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Apple provides major updates to the iOS operating system annually via iTunes and, since iOS 5, over-the-air.

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The versions contained in Apple iOS are not available; only the versions used in macOS are available.

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Internally, Apple iOS identifies each version by a codename, often used internally only, normally to maintain secrecy of the project.

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Since its initial release, iOS has been subject to a variety of different hacks centered around adding functionality not allowed by Apple.

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Some in the tech community have expressed concern that the locked-down iOS represents a growing trend in Apple's approach to computing, particularly Apple's shift away from machines that hobbyists can "tinker with" and note the potential for such restrictions to stifle software innovation.

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When Wi-Fi is enabled, Apple iOS uses a randomized MAC address so that devices cannot be tracked by anyone sniffing wireless traffic.

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