5 years in: The evolution of the iPhone OS


On the fifth anniversary for the iPhone and as we draw closer to the release of iOS 6 this fall (read our First Take from WWDC here), I can’t help but think of how far Apple’s iOS has come since the day the first iPhone was unveiled.

If you remember, that first iPhone was announced by Steve Jobs and Apple on January 9, 2007, and was more about the touch-screen interface than any extras, but it wasn’t until June of that year the iPhone was released to the public. That first iOS wasn’t even called iOS (Apple said the phone was running a version of OS X), and was simply the iPhone OS. This early operating system just had what we know today as the core apps — basics such as Safari, E-mail, Maps, Notes, and a few others. It’s hard to believe with how important the App Store is today, but it wasn’t until iPhone OS 2.0 that the iTunes App Store was even introduced and still took a while to really get off the ground as app developers experimented with the new device.

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