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History of iOS Versions from 1.0 to 13.0


iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system that runs the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices. iOS versions utilizes a multi-touch interface where simple features and functionalities are used to operate the device by swiping the fingers across the screen to move pages or pinching the fingers to zoom out images. Each iOS versions has been launched with multiple updated features in every year.

Below you will find the history of iOS versions with system and app features:


History of iOS Versions 1.0 to 13.0

History of iOS Versions :

iOs 13

Initial version: Released on September 19, 2019

Final version: 13.0. Released Sept. 19, 2019

Apple will bring your old iPhone new software, even if you don’t plan on to upgrade to the new iPhone. iOS 13 bring Dark Mode, big performance improvements, and a new way to protect your privacy and etc.

New key features:

  • Dark Mode
  • Big performance improvements
  • Revamped maps and photos
  • New way to protect your privacy
  • Sign in to apps and websites quickly and easily using the Apple ID
  • Siri offers personalised suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari and Maps
  • Apps launch up to two times faster in iOS 13
  • Introducing a new way to control your iOS devices, entirely with your voice


iOS 12

Initial version: Released on September 17, 2018

Final version: 12.0. Released Sept. 17, 2018

Support Endedn/a

This newer version of iOS 12 makes the iPhone very faster and powerful. Below are the latest key features and improvements in the best mobile operating system(ios)

New key features:

  •  Grouped Notifications
  •  Group facetime
  •  Beauty gate fix
  • Improved screenshot and QR code reader
  • Screen Time
  • 70 new emoji in the iPhone
  • How to improve Battery
  • Third party navigations apps
  • eSlim support for iPhone XS and iPhone XS max
  • ARKit 2.0
  • Siri improvements, including Siri Shortcuts and multi-step actions
  • Siri suggestions
  • Memoji and Animoji
  • Redesigned maps app
  • Updated portrait mode and passcode management
  • Apple TV in the control center  


iOS 11

Initial VersionReleased on September 19, 2017

Final VersionReleased on May 29, 2018

Support Endedn/a

iOS 11 developed customization and interoperability features in the mobile operating system. The lock screen and notification center of this version are developed with the display option. The system features of ios versions are Siri, Control Center, Camera, Wallpapers, and Settings.

New key features

  • AirPlay 2
  • Major enhancement on iPad
  • Augmented Reality


iOS 10

Initial VersionReleased on July 19, 2017

Final VersionReleased on September 13, 2016

Support Endedn/a

iOS 10 version incorporated changes to 3D Touch and the lock screen. The reviewers were impressed with the image recognition technology process of iOS 10 version. The system features of this version are Keyboard, Home screen, Notification Center, Settings, Universal Clipboard.

New key features

  • iMessage apps
  • Delete built-in apps


iOS 9

Initial VersionReleased on September 16, 2015

Final VersionReleased on August 25, 2016

Support Endedn/a

iOS mobile operating system brought few changes to both the interface and technical foundation of the iOS with a stable, dependant and solid performance. Major improvements of iOS 9 version are delivered on older devices and other groundwork.

New key features

  • Low Power Mode
  • Night Shift
  • Public Beta Program


iOS 8

Initial VersionReleased on September 17, 2014

Final VersionReleased on August 13, 2015

Support Ended– n/a

With the help of iOS 8 version, the consistency and stable operation returned to the operating system and became beneficial to users with UX system modification. The system features of this version are Spotlight, Continuity, Keyboard, Notifications, and Multitasking.

New key features

  • Apple Pay
  • iCloud Drive
  • Handoff
  • Family Sharing
  • Third-party Keyboards
  • HomeKit


iOS 7

Initial VersionReleased on September 18, 2013

Final VersionReleased on June 30, 2014

Support Ended2016

iOS 7 version was completely designed for User Interface. The system features of this version are AirDrop, Design, Notification Center, Multitasking, Control Center, and Siri.

New key features

  • AirDrop
  • Touch Id
  • Activation Lock
  • CarPlay


iOS 6

Initial VersionReleased on September 19, 2012

Final VersionReleased on February 21, 2014

Support Ended2015

iOS 6 version was first introduced by Siri and later surpassed by competitors and revolutionary technology. The system features of this version are Siri, Settings, and Facebook Integration.

New key features

  • Passbook
  • Apple maps
  • Do Not Disturb


iOS 5

Initial VersionReleased on October 12, 2011

Final VersionReleased on May 7, 2011

Support Ended2014

Apple responded to the growing trend of cloud computing by introducing new platforms and system features. iOS 5 revamped notifications, added temporary banners that appear at the top of the screen. The system features of this version are Newsstand, Siri, and Reminders.

New key features

  • iMessage
  • iCloud
  • Wireless Syncing
  • Notification Center


iOS 4

Initial VersionReleased on June 22, 2010

Final Version Released on 4.3.5 on July 25, 2011

Support Ended2013

The iOS 4 was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2010. iOS 4 version introduced folders on the home screen and increased the number of apps that can be displayed. The system features of this version are Spell check, Camera, Home screen, Mail, and Safari

New key features

  • Multitasking
  • FaceTime
  • AirPlay
  • AirPrint
  • iBooks
  • Personal Hotspot


iOS 3

Initial VersionReleased on June 11, 2010

Final VersionReleased on 3.2.2 on August 11, 2010

Support Ended2012

iOS 3 introduced the spotlight and search indexing features that are designed to help the users to connect with specific information on their device. The system features of this version included iTunes, Text, Calendar, Weather, Camera, YouTube, Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Settings, Notes, Voice Memos, Maps, App Store.

New key features

  • Recording Videos
  • Spotlight Search
  • Copy & Paste


iOS 2

Initial VersionReleased on July 11, 2008

Final VersionReleased on January 27, 2009

Support Ended2011

iOS 2 version of iOS introduced the third-party applications and system features that are available to iPod and iPhone Touch. The system features of this version included Calendar, Text, Camera, Weather, Photos, YouTube, Camera, Stocks, Maps, Calculator, Notes, Clock, iTunes, App Store, Settings.

New key features

  • Improved Maps App
  • App Store


iOS 1

Initial VersionReleased on June 29, 2007

Final VersionReleased on July 15, 2008

Support Ended2010

iOS 1 is the first release of Apple’s mobile operating system. This version of iOS was the first iteration of the touch-centric mobile operating system. The pre-installed system features of this version included Camera, Calendar, Photos, Notes, Safari, Phone, Mail, iPod, videos, and music. This was the first version of the software compatible with the iPod touch.

New key features

  • Music app
  • Safari browser
  • Multi-touch interface
  • Visual voicemail


Note– This article has been updated on 19 September, 2019.


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