Originally IOS called iPhone OS, iOS is a mobile operating system that was created by Apple and is used in Apple hardware products. Essentially, iOS is an operating system used in most of the company’s mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Today, it is the most commonly used operating system for mobile devices in several countries which include the US, UK, Canada, Japan, and the Scandinavian countries. However, iOS is far behind Android when it comes to worldwide usage in terms of smartphones, but not tablets.
The user interface of the iOS is based on the concept of direct manipulation that uses multiple touch gestures. This means sliders, buttons, and switches are at the heart of the operating system that allows for direct interaction. Such interactions consist of a tap, swipe, pinch, and reverse pinch where the operator tells the iOS system what to do. The multi-touch interface is at the heart of the iOS system which uses the same, basic approach since it was first developed. Further additions include shaking which helps to undo commands and rotating devices in a three-dimensional space which results in switching certain functions.
iOS was first used for the iPhone in 2007 and has been extended over the years to support the iPod touch, iPad, iPad Mini and the second generation of Apple TV. In terms of applications, there are more than 1.4 million currently in use that is supported by the iOS system. Over 100 billion iOS mobile apps have been downloaded.
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