Apple iOS: 10 Things You Might Not Have Known

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2012-03-27
 
 
 

Whats In a Name?

Given the speed of technological innovation, it's easy to forget sometimes that "iOS" is a relatively recent term. Until June 2010, Apple referred to its mobile operating system as "iPhone OS."

Whats In a Name?

Best Seller

In 2011, Apple sold more iOS devices (156 million) than all the Macs it had sold in 28 years (122 million). 

Best Seller

Developer Starts

According to mobile market analytics specialist Flurry, new application-development projects for iOS outnumber those for Android by approximately three-to-one.

Developer Starts

Multitasking

Multitasking only became a major feature with iOS 4.

Multitasking

App Store

Apple's App Store for iOS now features some 550,000 apps.

App Store

Trademark

In order to use the name "iOS," Apple had to reach an agreement with Cisco, which already owned the trademark. Apple and Cisco had also battled for the rights to the term "iPhone."

Trademark

Billions Downloaded

By March 2012, Apple could boast that iOS users had downloaded some 25 billion apps from the App Store. Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China, downloaded that 25 billionth app, the free version of "Where's My Water?"

Billions Downloaded

Developers

Also by March 2012, developers had made some $4 billion from the App Store (according to Apple, at least).

Developers

Jailbreaking

Although Apple pushed back hard against people "jailbreaking" their iPhones, the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress decided in July 2010 that the practice was not prohibited by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Jailbreaking

iOS 6

There are rumors that iOS 6 could appear this summer, ahead of the release of Apple's next iPhone.

iOS 6

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