The evolution of iOS: From iPhone OS to iOS 11

By

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

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.

Today in Apple history: iOS 4 brings multitasking and FaceTime

By

iphone4
iOS 4 brought important new features to iPhones and the recently released iPad.
Photo: Yutaka Tsutano/Ste Smith

Jun21 June 21, 2010: Apple releases iOS 4, which introduces a range of productivity features as well as the FaceTime videotelephony service.

iOS 4 represents a big step forward for Apple’s flourishing mobile devices. Due to the arrival of the first-gen iPad earlier in the year, iOS 4 also brings a transition from the mobile operating system’s original name, “iPhone OS.”

Forget app circles: Apple Watch hack lets teen run iOS 4.2.1

By

Developer Billy Ellis's Apple Watch hack lets it run the preferred operating system of the iPhone 4.
I don't know; did we really miss it?
Photo: Beau Giles/Flickr. Licensed through CC BY-ND 2.0.

A 14-year-old modder has apparently managed to replace his Apple Watch’s bubbly default home screen with something a little boxier and more classic: iOS 4.2.1, which launched all the way back in 2010.

Billy Ellis, a self-described “iOS app and tweak developer,” posted a video of his project on YouTube. Check it out below:

Apple Decrypts iPhones For The Police, But It Makes Them Wait [Report]

By

passcode

The security features built into Apple’s iOS software are so good that the police are unable to gain access to defendant’s iPhones when they need to. Apple itself is able to bypass the security software and decrypt locked devices — and it do so when the police request it. But the company has so many requests that it has to add police to a lengthy waiting list.

Polaroid Wants To Be The Lens (And Case) Through Which You View iOS Photography [CES 2013]

By

DSC_0026

CES 2013 bug LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – The truth of the matter is that there’s just no way to have a telescopic lens phallically jutting out of the back of your iPad in a way that Jony Ive’s sense of dignity in design would approve of. Props to Polaroid, then, for not even trying, instead going a more playful route with their brand new line-up of iPad, iPhone and iPad mini cases that support snap-on external lenses.

This Press & Slide Concept Reimagines What The iPhone Lockscreen Should Look Like

By

lockscreen
"Press & Slide" wants to change the way you access your iPhone camera

 

iOS is the best mobile OS in the world but it certainly isn’t without its flaws. There are a few areas that need improvement. Is the iPhone Lockscreen one of them? We’ve seen conceptual designs that change the information displayed on the lockscreen and this new idea proposes to change the way the camera is accessed on the lockscreen, but does it make any sense?

Animate Your Jailbroken iPhone’s App Icons With This Motion Tweak

By

Motion-tweak-iPhone

iOS devices receive a lot of criticism for their static app icons, which, although often pretty, are a little boring to look at. Other than the Newsstand icon, which changes depending on which publications you have installed within, iOS icons do nothing.

If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, however, you can make them a little more exciting. Motion is a nifty tweak available from within Cydia, which will animate the app icons on your home screen with all sorts of fancy effects.

iOS Bug Could Cost You A Fortune In Data Fees While You’re On Vacation

By

iphone-app-store