The iPhone took the world by storm, and how! Though it is seen as a hipster device by some, it has brought smartphones and more specifically touchscreen phones to the mainstream. Not that there weren’t any predecessors which had similar features and functions, but the iPhone caught the fancy of a generation, of the entire world. It’s a coveted gadget, and the ones who have it have no qualms flaunting it. But what makes it so special that a single phone is giving many a competitor a run for their money? That would be the heart of the device, its operating systems– iOS.
The main essence of the iPhone has always been the iOS. The fluidity, user experience and interface, security of data have been its torchbearers. The iOS offers a rich feel and its touch interface is beyond par as agreed by many. The ease of use and a feel good factor are associated with its popularity. It’s simple and effective to use, offers multitasking capabilities, has high quality secure apps, and continuous updates that make it better with every iteration, make it beloved to all those who use it.
Starting off with the iPhone, iOS is additionally the staple OS for the iPad series of tablet devices, iPod touch and forms the base for WatchOS, the operating system for the Apple Watch. The iOS user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interaction with the OS includes gestures of swipe, tap, pinch, and reverse pinch, all of which have specific definitions within the context of the iOS operating system and its multi-touch interface. Internal accelerometers are responsible for actions like responding to shaking the device or rotating it in three dimensions. Its UI toolkit is Cocoa touch and the programming language used is Objective C. Swift is the latest programming language created by Apple Inc. for the development of iOS which went through a major upgrade in 2015 becoming Swift 2, now an open source programming language.
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