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iOS and iPhone – technology that changed the world
As the operating system that powers the Apple iPhone, iOS is the second most widely installed mobile operating system in the world, after Google’s Android. As of 2022, there are 1.8 billion active iOS devices in the world. Globally, iOS accounts for around 30% of the market, but this share is significantly higher in certain regions, such as the US, where the operating system’s share is closer to 60%.
iOS was introduced in 2007 as iPhone OS 1 for the first generation iPhone, and is now in its 16th iteration. The iPhone was the first smartphone without a physical keyboard or stylus. It was also the first mobile phone to feature multi-touch, which is technology that enables a device to detect multiple points of contact on the screen at the same time. Multi-touch revolutionised the way we interact with mobile devices, with functions like pinch-to-zoom appearing on all mobile operating systems after its introduction on iPhone OS 1.
Why iOS is so popular
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