Through the Years: Apple’s iOS and iPhone
Over the last several years, Apple has consistently provided us with innovative products and operating systems. On June 29, 2007, the first generation iPhone was introduced. Even though the phone itself was a whole new concept, the operating system that is infamously known as iOS, is primarily what gives the iPhone its user experience.
First things first
First generation iPhone and iOS released in the summer of 2007. There were many other devices available in 2007 that had exciting new features brought to the mobile world, but that wasn’t Apple’s main focus.
Apple was more concerned with speed and user experience. Apple changed the way touchscreen smartphones were used, making it much more simplified and user friendly, by incorporating the pinch and zoom features, as well as, realistic scrolling.
- Visual voicemail – users didn’t have to click through prompt to listen to messages, able to see each voicemail directly.
- Keyboard – allows users to easily type with their fingers and thumbs without needing a third party tool.
- Sync with iTunes
iPhone features (or lack there of): There wasn’t a front facing camera; only on the back. Users had the option of 4, 8 or 16 GB with the only color option of black.
iOS 2 comes with APPS! This OS was released in July of 2008 with the app store on the iPhone and iTunes allowing users to browse and download third party apps. They released an SDK to developers for the development of apps.
- Integration with Microsoft Exchange that allow email accounts to be linked to the phone.
- Ability to search for contacts
- iTunes Genius playlist
- Google maps street view including walking and public transportation routes.
- Users were able to cut, copy and paste in the text feature; ability to magnify the text selection.
- Spotlight search. Users can scroll to the left of their homescreen page, they were able to see a search feature, where the phone would search their entire phone that matched their entry.
- Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
- Voice Control
- Push notifications for 3rd party apps
- Landscape keyboard
- App folders. This is where users could put similar (or not similar) apps into a named folder like music, social networking, photography, etc.
- Spell-check (without that we wouldn’t have the lovely auto-correct mishaps)
- Threaded e-mail messages
- Retina display
- Game Center
- Notification center. Allows you to swip down a menu that shows a user their recent notifications, all in one place!
- iMessage. It is a built in messaging app, that allows users with an iPhone to send multimedia to one another for free. Also, shows when a user is typing and if the messages have been “read”.
- iTunes Wi-Fi sync
- Siri improvement. Ask sports questions like scores, schedules, and player data, restaurant reviews from Yelp, and reservations from OpenTable.
- Facebook integration
- Passbook. Collect your rewards cards, tickets, documents, or basically anything with a barcode.
- FaceTime over cellular. Before, users could only FaceTime if they had a Wi-Fi connection.
- Emoticons. Apple had their own emoticons built in to the keyboard and will not be accepting any addtional Emoji apps.
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