iOS, formerly known as iPhone OS, is an operating system created for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple created it, and the current name has been used since 2010. The first release of the operating system exclusively for its products was on June 29, 2007. This means that iOS is a year older than its main competitor in the market – Android.
iOS – a closed system
The iOS software created specifically for Apple mobile devices is completely closed. This means that no third-party manufacturer can upload their programs. When you run your iPhone or iPad for the first time, you won’t see any application pre-installed by your carrier on your screen. As iOS is designed to be straightforward and easy to use, some features found in a conventional operating system are not included. For instance, users can’t handle files and directories as they can do on Mac OS X or Windows. Customers also have restricted access to settings for the iOS device. Most configurations need to be changed within the Settings app instead of changing device preferences from within each program. Besides, though users can run several programs at once, only one open program at a time can be viewed.
iOS security standards
Users of Apple devices have a specific guarantee of safety in case of a lost or stolen phone. A potential new owner will not be able to unlock the device without knowing the PIN and fingerprint. Locking a lost device from a computer only takes a few seconds. The user does not need to install any additional application but logs into iCloud and shuts his smartphone or tablet. This way, the person who owns the lost device will not perform any action on it. Additionally, the Find my iPhone service allows you to locate your phone precisely.
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