The evolution of iOS: From iPhone OS to iOS 11

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Original iPhone running iOS 1
A lot has change since 2007.
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iPhone turns 10 The operating system that powers the iPhone has undergone radical changes since Apple launched the device 10 years ago.

As part of Cult of Mac’s collaboration with Wired UK to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we took a look at the evolution of iOS, from a simple touchscreen operating system lacking key features into a true computing behemoth with more tools than any one user could possibly need.

iPhone 7 finally loses in speed test against Android rival

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iPhone 7 isn't top dog anymore.
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Thanks to Apple’s engineering magic, the iPhone has long outpaced its Android-powered rivals.

In real-world speed tests, the iPhone can blaze past high-end competitors from the likes of Google, Samsung and LG, despite slower processors and less RAM. But not anymore. We finally have an Android device that packs more power than the iPhone 7 — and that’s the OnePlus 5.

Qualcomm has the tech to put Touch ID in an iPhone display

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Embedding Touch ID under the iPhone 8's display is one of the big rumors for this year's handset.
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Whether Apple will be able to deliver on the rumor that it will be embedding its Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the display of the iPhone 8 remains to be seen.

However, a new demo coming out of the currently-happening Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 demonstrates that it is indeed possible — with Qualcomm showing off ultrasonic technology that allows fingerprint unlocking even through OLED displays.

Today in Apple history: Mac LC 520 sets its sights on the classroom

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The face of classroom Macs a quarter century ago.
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June 28: Today in Apple history June 28, 1993: Apple ships the Macintosh LC 520, an “all-in-one” Mac targeted exclusively at the education market.

The first Macintosh to be shipped with a non-optional 2x CD-ROM drive, it’s designed to capitalize on schools’ multimedia requirements — a classroom Mac made especially for students in the decade of Nirvana, Bill Clinton and Pulp Fiction.

China’s black market can build an iPhone from scratch

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China's black market looks like "an iPhone factory has thrown up all over itself."
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iPhone-turns-10-1You don’t have to visit a Foxconn factory to see an iPhone built from scratch.

Visit China’s black market and you’ll meet traders with the components, tools, and know-how to build you a working handset for a fraction of the price you would pay Apple. The whole process is complete by the time you’ve finished your coffee.

2017 App Store revenue crushes Apple’s entire 2007 earnings

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With 2 million apps, the App Store is almost too big.
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Cult of Mac teams up with Wired UK for 10 years of iPhone

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A lot has changed since the iPhone made its debut in 2007.
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iPhone turns 10 The iPhone is turning 10 years old this week and we’re ready to celebrate with more coverage and insight than any Apple fanboy could ever want. Every day through June 29, we’ll be publishing a batch of stories focused on the greatest device Apple’s ever made.

Cult of Mac is collaborating with Wired UK for the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. We’ll run down some of the device’s biggest innovations, failures and what’s in store for the future.

Check out what we’ve written so far:

Watch new Star Wars trailer re-created on an Apple IIc

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You've never seen a Star Wars trailer like this.
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Apple’s retro IIc computer that was released in 1984 has been obsolete for 30 years, but an Indonesia-based illustrator has just proven that it is still capable of creating amazing stuff, if you’re willing to put in the time.

Animator Wahyu Ichwandardi unveiled his Apple IIc masterpiece on Twitter by re-creating the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer in using software from the early 80’s.

Prepare to be blown away:

5 predictions of what iPhone will look like in 10 years

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Original iPhone running iOS 1
A lot has change since 2007.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac