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Here is how iOS evolved over the past 6 years

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Here is how iOS evolved over the past 6 years
The year is 2007. Steve Jobs is on stage unveiling a new, revolutionary product with a name we are all so familiar with today – the iPhone. It looks nothing like a smartphone, or at least not like the smartphones we knew back then, for it had no hardware keyboard, a spacious, touch-sensitive screen, and ran a software platform that was sleek and highly simplified.

We surely recall that day as if it was yesterday, just like some of you do as well. And since iOS 6.0 was unveiled yesterday, what better moment to go back in time and see how it all began? Today we present you with a brief retrospection of iOS and the way it evolved over the years. Yup, we are calling it iOS, even though the platform was not referred to by that name until its fourth major release.

So let's go back in time and see how limited iOS was at first, and yet how it stood out from the rest with its smooth performance, intuitiveness, and attention to detail. Just flick through the slideshow below, and do not hesitate to share with us which major release you think was most significant.

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:02 40

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

YES watch a snail move across your yard & that is EXACTLY how iOS has evolved in the last 6 years. lol

Wow Apple really is turning up the revolution in their brand new iOS 6.

iOS 6 is now on par with Android 1.6 Donut. (And that is being very nice!) I wonder how Android 4.1 Jellybean will push the OS THAT much further than iOS 6.

I really need to see a list with these 200 “phantom” features iOS 6 is claiming. lol

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:06 12

3. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Android = Copycat, soon you will see Google coming up with 3D maps, Siri (Like samsung) etc etc

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:14 15

4. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

It's like Call of Duty, since 2007, same feature same look same everything, just recycled. But i love CoD.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:26 5

22. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

He's right. No many changes with CoD over the years.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:16 13

6. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

What? Are you talking about the far more advanced 3D map they already announced long before Apple, or the notification shade, or all the new features that they introduced that have been in Android for years? Vlingo also available for years owned by the same company that actually made Siri? Which one will Android copy again? The only similarities between the two now are that they both make phone calls and have touch screens.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:21 10

7. sniper1087 (Posts: 508; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)

Copy cat lol ok 3D maps on android was shown announced previously before WWDC where apple showed their 3D mapping., street look exists on android, and turn by turn navigations is been out for years, copy cat features like notification bar yes ios copied that, no multitasking on ios still how sad is that, when you switch from one app to another on ios u stop the other app completely, offline maps are coming to android, yes no cellular data required to run, facetime with cellular network finally? Took them that many years to get it working? And youtube app still lackluster, you cannot subscribe to people still, pretty lame, voice actions from android have been there since 2009 , so i dont think you can say much since android came with voice integration first.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:22 14

8. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 528; Member since: 07 May 2012)

what are you talking about,google already has 3d maps,ur so limited to the 2D ios world,u dont know what the real world is like

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:59 12

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

You are such a brainwashed i5heep troll who actually thinks Siri was the first voice control on a phone. Please stop commenting and at least Google things before you speak.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:23 14

20. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

moron alert moron alert

google maps went 3d like 2 years ago. Voice commands has been around for about 3 years, and Siri is just now getting updates that put its functionality on par with google's, while google is going for the next evolution beyond that with Majel.

S-Voice is nothing but VLingo app, which has been available on android SINCE THE BEGINNING, with the ability to accept multiple statements to do a command... which is all siri does differently.

Pretty much every feature that iOS got "updated with new features" to in the last 4 OS updates was catching up to android. Ya just dont get it. Your really want android but you cant admit it. time to come out of the fruit closet and try on the green suit.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:36 4

24. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

oh yeah apple is really trying to "catch up" with android. Apple sales has drastically fell off. you guys are so stupid, apple is not trying to be like them.if they did, they could have added live wallpapers and a different lock screen years ago. They're not going to change the look because they want to have their own identity.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 11:44 5

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Thanks remixfa, I just got back from lunch so I didn't have time to answer this moron. lol

destr0y3r (nice name lol) Just so you know these "new" features have been enjoyed by the Android community for years now. Apple didn't invent anything here, if anything they are emulating Android VERY hard.

So who is copying who? Looks like Apple = copy now. I am going to give you credit though. You do the i$heep thing very well. You even got the posting of completely wrong information 100% perfect. You indeed are a great i$heep. Good job giving the Apple fans a good name!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:34 4

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

is odd that the fandroids want Apple to be like Android so they can jump to the iphone.. hmmmm btw I tried the green suit.. it under performed, sticking to the fruit.. not too much into desserts.. is bad for you..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:15 4

49. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Who said we wanted the iPhone to be like Android? We're just noticing how much Apple apparently wants the iPhone to be like Android, as every year nearly every new feature they drop has been on Android for years.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:33 2

53. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

then why bash Apple if it doesn't have Android features???.. fandroids should be happy that Apple is a closed OS and has a close ecosystem but fandroids are always bashing on it. demanding to keep up with Android??

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:44 8

56. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I bash Apple because they constantly claim others are copying them, while they are copying away. And, even then I wouldn't care, but they take it even further and try to get phones banned and tie OEMs up in court.

Let me have the phone I want, and stop acting like a little bitch throwing a tantrum because everyone else can do everything you do and more.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:06 1

60. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

but how does it hurt you in any way that you go into every Apple article to say the exact same thing... it doesn't matter what they claim.. don't worry about Apple worry about Android. unless you like Apple?...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 17:18 1

69. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Did you read what I wrote? I don't care what they say. I care that they try to stop me getting the phone I want for bulls**t, made up reasons.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:21 1

73. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

how does Apple stops you from getting your phone.. as far as I know only phones have been delayed not stop... but Androids delays phones all the time so explain again how does Apple stops you from getting the phone you want .. or tell me what phone you wanted that Apple stop you, maybe I can write to Mr.. Cook to release that phone don't make excuses for hating Apple because you simply don't have one...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 20:27 2

85. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Look sport, if I wanted an iPhone, I'd have an iPhone. It's not like its a frigging Lambourghini. I paid more to get my Thunderbolt than I would have an iPhone. I was willing to do that because its a better phone. Even if it were a money issue, I could get the free 3GS. You can drop the whole pretense that you think I wish I had one, because you know I don't.

Unless, you're also saying that the reason you and Taco jump into so many articles saying that Android us laggy and buggy is because you really wish you could have one.

Apple are trying to limit people's choices because they can't compete. Their closed system prevents them from advancing as quickly as the competition. They know this, because they've seen it before, in the 80s with Windows. They know that, without outside interference, their product will become a niche, just like OSX.

Honestly, I don't know how you can't be embarrassed that a company you support could in court asset that a tap us a "zero length swipe", therefore tapping an.icon to unlock violates their swipe to unlock patent. A patent based on.something they stole to begin with.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 23:00 1

90. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

just wanted a real reason why you hate Apple and not that childish answer about Apple holding your phone..never said such a thing about me and taco jumping Android articles.. I know it must be hard to anser simple question like a man and so far none of your fandroids have came to rescue you like they always do.... and since you are the one that cant debate like adults.. you will refer to insults and cheap shots.. is it maybe you cant compete... dont care about patents because honestly dont care and you shouldnt either . or are you a developer or something that patents are important to you that you brought them up.. please you dont fool me..

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 01:39 1

91. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Dudes you should not come to an iOS article and say it sucks !
When not a lot of people go to ics articles and says it sucks.
Most people are pretty amazed by ics including myself .
Because it wasn't like the android I know before
Ugly and buggy android is gone

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 08:48 1

93. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Look, I did answer you. The fact that you can't handle the answer is your problem. They are a whiny, underhanded company that tries to compete through litigation rather than innovation. They are, right now, trying to ban the import of almost every HTC device, and several Samsung devices.

I'll tell you what's childish. Crying, "no fair, they copied. Mine was a rectangle first." Especially when you've made an art of copying/stealing.

And, don't act like you and taco don't post in articles with bs about android, taco more than you.

I didn't hate Apple until a few weeks ago, when it was revealed they're trying to ban over 20 phones. I was going to get my daughter an iPhone for her next upgrade, and an iPad for Christmas. Not anymore.

posted on 16 Jun 2012, 02:17

99. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Ha! I love the blue beetle.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:17

31. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)

wow you sounds dumb on that one

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:29 2

35. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

hahaha d@mn this dude really got you android guys upset...

everybody responding saying the SAME THING...lol


posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:36 5

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Yeah some people need to be told a million times. Even with all that an i$heep will always be an i$heep.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:35 1

54. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I thing you guys want attention.. thats why you guys have had the same argument for years now..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:41 5

55. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

It's not an argument if it's true. You can't dispute that iOS 6 does resemble Android.

Anyway how have you been gallitoking? How are things in the desert? Man I am dying to see AZ.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:13 3

62. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

ok maybe is true but why you guys keep repeating it.. trust me u convince no one..but leaving AZ to go to CA.. have a big job offering over there so I will be relocating.. hope one day we can have a few drinks..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:42 1

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4833; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Ohh $hit. Good for you. That is most excellent news. I hope you are happy at your new job when it starts. My best wishes for you and your family.

I am planning a trip to Anaheim CA. I will keep you posted. Maybe we can meet up & have that drink.

Again Congrats bro.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:29 2

75. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

you got it SAE.. and dont worry i wil activate my old Droid for that day so the ladies dont prefer me becuase of the iphone..lol..jk... I will activate my android for that day.. just for you. man,.. to show respect...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:47 1

65. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

congrats on the new job! i hope you factored in california's super high taxes and living expenses into the move. dont want u to get a surprise hit.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:31 1

76. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

dont remind me of the high taxes over there.. damm..is going to be a bit^&&%&^

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:34 1

70. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

i think the reason why ''fandroids'' keep on bringing it up is because ''isheeps'' have always been going on about how android copies and apple doesnt etc etc clearly ios 5 and 6 shows that apple does indeed copy just like everyone else and they are no different..people are just pointing out to the people who have always claimed apple is original etc and the apple users that dont say these stuff dont need to take notice of these comments.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:45 2

64. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

coming from the king of idiot troll's yes-troll. It rings a little bit hollow.

wait.. when samsung introduced S-Voice, which was a rebranding of an already popular and very long standing app, Vlingo, wasnt it you and your troll puppetier that were screaming that it was a "siri copy"? Even though VLingo launched with android 1.6? Hmmm..


posted on 12 Jun 2012, 15:41 1

59. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

there is this thing called google earth?

that is like 10 times better

even bing 3d maps is better than just "maps" and thats saying something O.o

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:36

71. aikonix (Posts: 60; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

destr0y3r... please get your facts straight. Nokia started this revolution, please read,http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Maps-3D-gets-some-added-functionality_id24498

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:22 1

74. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Google already had 3D maps and voice control, you stupid twat. S Voice is an add-on to Vlingo.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 22:18 1

87. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

Siri is a joker. S- Voice do things more seriously, and doesn't joke.

I don't want a joker in my Smartphone no way!

Any last words, iFan?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:31 11

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

No ..... (wrong)

Watch a snail copy Android and then call it Evolution (ary)!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:34 6

11. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

I havent been able to say much at all because you KEEP TAKING THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH lol

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 09:44

96. dickwyn (Posts: 621; Member since: 07 May 2012)

here are most of the phantom featureshttp://megapowertech.blogspot.com/2012/06/new-features-in-ios-6.html

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:05 1

2. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Im afraid that u might get attacked. . . . . . by the trolls

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:16 17

5. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

This post is just asking for android trolls to make fun of the iPhone.....

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:48 7

15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

What's there not to make fun of? They had almost a 2 year head start, and according to iTrolls *cough*Taco*cough* , Android was just a blatent copy of iOS. So how the hell is it possible that the "copy" managed to develop so far ahead of the original? And now the "original" is blatently stealing features already available since the early stages of the "copy", where is your God now? Oh yeah, dead trying to bring down the "copy".

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:28 3

34. ieronz (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Dude, you seem to take this so personal.. Neither Apple nor Google are paying you for the hate level u're pushing out..

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:34 1

38. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

yeah its pretty sad that you speak so passionately about apple stealing from android...

you guys feel like speaking your opinions on this site get yall cool points or something...lol

what we think doesn't matter... the rest of the world is rejoicing about iOS 6 lol

they dont care if its a copy or not...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:47 2

44. frydaexiii (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Hey, I'm only using words which iFans just love saying so much.

Android is a STOLEN product.
Android is a BLATENT COPY.

To me, there are no copies or stolen tech, just inspiring one another and pushing each other further, but Apple is the exception.

Remember a time when Apple was still hiding in the closet and not butting into the mobile phone business? Siemens created the first slider phone, soon everyone else started creating slider phones too. You didn't see Siemens sue Nokia or Sony Ericsson for making sliders right? Instead, they made their products better and vice versa. And Apple came along with the iPhone, sure it was great, but the innovations stopped there, since then Apple has been doing nothing but take and take without giving anything back, hell they're even trying to get rid of the people they took from in the first place.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 12:06

98. bennnnn (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

I want to ask a genuine question, and I am a g nexus user. Why do Android fans so strongly believe it's more advanced? I'm looking for reasons to not get the new iPhone when it come out. To me, iphone has:

better camera (compared to vast majority of android phones)
better music player
better ecosystem (airplay is so much simpler and advanced compared to whatever 3rd solution)
better email and calendar apps (unless you are a hardcore gmail user)
better apps in general (although android has better free apps)

having more features doesn't make an OS advanced. by that account WinMo 6.5 was way more advanced than android and iOS in 2008. if you recall, copy and paste on android was utter s**t before ICS. iOS' way worked much better

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:17 1

50. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You think this article is flamebait? Head on over to BGR and read the article, "Why iOS just stomped out Android, again!"

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:36

72. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

lol yeah just read that article and obviously the guy just wrote that article just to get views...how someone can say that ios 6 widens the gap from android so much that its left android behind when majority of the ios 6 features all ready exist on android....i hate writers that write link bait articles.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:26 10

9. md227a (Posts: 144; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Im sorry, but when you break down iOS growth like this it really shows how long its taken apple to add basic features that Android has had for a while.

Lets see
installing 3rd party apps 2 years
copy and past 3 years
multi tasking 4 years
voice assistance 5 years
turn by turn Nav 6 years

All of this and more was available in 2009 on android 2.0

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:39 3

12. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

1st : good 2nd old 3rd old 4th old 5th old 6th old
so give me a damn good reason to buy this older than symbian software

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:29

36. ieronz (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Please buy the symbian already.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:44 4

13. frydaexiii (Posts: 1443; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Cool Story, now do one of Android...At least each slide won't show the same friggin homescreen again and again.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 10:45 10

14. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

I've recently purchased a new iPad, but have had an Android mobile for it seems forever (4 years?)

Being a relative newbie to iOS and having grown up with Android's million iterations... I am shocked now at just how restrictive iOS is... I mean iOS6 is by all intents and purposes, Android Froyo? Gingerbread at a push? But without all the freedom that I take for granted every day (radio, drag and drop files, no need for converting anything, multiple browsers - you can't really even get a decent browser on the iPad - where's Chrome / Firefox?!?!) or even use the item you have bought as an external drive, etc.!

But fundamentally, you can't even individualise the product you have bought and you own...

The folders on the iPad are so boring and restrictive, let me place something where I want to or at least let me change the colour of a folder or something! And let's not forget not even being able to change your ringtone unless it is purchased from a mediocre selection from the app store...

Don't get me wrong, the iPad 'just works' and you want that from a tablet - and the apps are amazing (kudos to developers, not Apple there) and I'm sure it p1sses on Android tablets... due to the wealth of apps... but in terms of mobile phones - it's galvanised what I feared about iOS just how unnecessarily restrictive it is (is having a radio / your own ringtones / scrolling wallpaper really THAT resource-intensive?)

I think the fact that Apple have restricted so much and drip-fed basic features every year, to me says that either their marvelous technology can't handle the basics, or, they simply haven't got the ability to add basic functions to their products... either way, what they are doing is holding their users back technology and feature-wise whilst the rest of the world goes ahead leaps and bounds...

It's quite tragic actually, because iOS is really showing its age now I think, both in functionality AND definitely looks... and with Window Mobile 8 and ICS really looking swish... it definitely needs an aesthetic overhaul as well as letting users have a LOT more control over the very expensive products they have purchased...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:39 1

42. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

not to troll you but why the hell you bought the ipad for then? it doesn't make since if you are an advanced android user to purchase an ipad KNOWING that it was restricted before you purchased it...

just put your ipad on craigslist or ebay already...

no disrespect...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:48 1

57. tedkord (Posts: 11659; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Well, the iPad is still the best choice for tablets. No Android OEM has come close to matching price and function. That will change, but for now iPad is king.

I think the better question is, why buy any tablet? For the same price, get a lower end laptop that is infinitely more versatile, powerful and useful.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:48

66. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

price and function? its 600 bux and it does less than a kindle.

bah. give me a transformer for 400. ill take the extra 200, buy the keyboard dock and take my wife to lunch. more functionality and less money.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 20:13

81. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)

Did he hit the eYeNerve....
Cant xcpt the truth...

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