A history of the operating system powering Apple’s iPhone


A lot has changed since Steve Jobs first introduced the world to Apple’s latest device in 2007: the iPhone.

Since its release, the iPhone has helped make smartphones the most important piece of technology in our lives, and created a new industry of app developers.

How we use our smartphones has changed dramatically, too. It’s no longer just a fancy BlackBerry we use to make calls or send emails. Nearly every piece of our life is contained within that fancy slab.

In June, Apple will host its Worldwide Developers Conference, during which it will detail its latest mobile operating system, iOS 15, and new ways we can take advantage of our iPhones.

So, how much has changed since that first iPhone 14 years ago? Let’s look back:

iPhone OS 1

Release date: June 29, 2007

Key features: App Store? Still too soon. The original iPhone had basic apps including Mail, a mobile version of the Safari browser, a camera, and a built-in YouTube app with an icon resembling an old-school TV. There was even an app for iPod if you wanted your music.

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iPhone OS 2.0

Release date: July 11, 2008

Key features: The App Store makes its debut, ushering in a flashlight and fart noise app renaissance. There were other apps, too, such as Facebook, Pandora, and MySpace (when we still used it) which let you keep in touch with friends or listen to music. At the time of launch, the App Store had more than 500 apps. Other features included enterprise support, contact search, the ability to bulk delete or move emails, parental controls and a scientific calculator.

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