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iOS
iOS is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple. Runs on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Authorized third-party native applications are available through Apple's App Store.
iOS alternatives are:
Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry
Here are the latest news about iOS:

15.06.16 Apple announced iOS 10


Apple has unveiled iOS 10 at its annual developer conference. It features redesigned lock screen and notification center, extended 3D touch support. Siri is also receiving a big upgrade with third-party integrations. iOS 10 will also transcribe your voicemail messages. With Phone app extensions, you can use VoIP apps with the native Phone interface. And when someone calls you on Skype, your phone is going to ring just like a normal phone call. Extensions can also flag spam calls. Once again, Apple is adding extensions to one of the core features in iOS. Finally, Messages is receiving a huge upgrade, starting with rich previews. iOS 10 is now available for developers. The public beta starts next month, and the company is expected to release iOS 10 in September.



2015 iOS 9 extends battery life, brings Proactive Siri and iPad multitasking


Apple presented the new version of its mobile platform iOS 9 that will launch this fall. The new features include low-power mode (that will give your iPhone up to 3 extra hours of battery life), Proactive - an update to Siri, that will let it proactively tell you some useful information (like Google Now does), new Apple Maps with transit directions, Apple Wallet - rebranded PassBook, that now lets you add store cards as well as loyalty and rewards cards, Apple News - rebranded Newsstand app (that now works like Flipboard). And iPad will get a new split-screen app mode which allows users to run two different apps side-by-side. Apple says iOS 9 will work on any device that supports iOS 8.



2013 The new iPhone again pleased fun-lovers



In these latter years the day of new iPhone launch has turned into a global day of humor, more funny than April 1. And it's not because Apple makes bad smartphones. They are really good, one of the best. Simply Apple's business was originally built on the WOW-effect, and each time they have to make something special on the empty space, or pretend that they made something special. Of course, it's fun to Apple non-fan-boys and generates a lot of funny jokes. This time Apple introduced two new models at once: premium iPhone 5S and budget iPhone 5C (though it's budget only in relation to the first model - the cost starts at $549 in the U.S.). The iPhone 5S features super-fast 64-bit processor, super camera and fingerprint scanner on the power button (NSA decided to refresh the database). The iPhone 5C features the plastic case of all colors (real Apple fans have to buy one of each color). And here is what Nokia thinks about it:





2012 iPad Mini vs Nexus 7. Why compare them?



Today Apple has introduced the 7-inch tablet iPad Mini and this presentation was very special. No, not because of the magic new device, but becuase Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, brought to the stage the main 7-inch main competitor - Google Nexus 7, and compared it with iPad Mini side by side. Of course, it turned out that on the iPad Mini kids look 45% happier and 34% more rich than on Google's tablet. But never before Apple payed attention on the competition (of course, untill they violated its patents). And, if you look at the comparison table iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 (below), you'll find that there is no sense to compare them at this time:

Apple iPad Mini Google Nexus 7
Operating system iOS 6 Android 4.1
Price Wi-Fi: $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), $529 (64GB). Cellular: $459 (16GB), $559 (32GB), $659 (64GB). $199 (8GB), $249 (16GB)
Release date November 2, 2012, for Wi-Fi; cellular 2 weeks later July 13, 2012
Display 7.9-inch IPS, 1,024x768 pixels (163 ppi) 7-inch IPS, 1,280x800 pixels (216 ppi)
Size 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.28 inches 7.8 x 4.7 x 0.41 inches
Weight 0.68 lbs/308 grams (0.69 for cellular) 0.75 lbs/340 grams
Processor Dual-core A5 processor Quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3
Memory 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB 8GB or 16GB; 1GB RAM
Camera 5-megapixel rear-facing, 1080p HD video; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 720 HD video 1.2-megapixel front-facing
Battery "16.3-watt-hour"; 10 hours battery life (rated) 4,325 mAh; 10.1 hours video battery life (tested)
NFC No Yes
Ports Lightning connector Micro-USB

As you can see, iPad Mini and Nexus 7 have completely different target audience (Apple fans and those who count money).

In addition, this competition is no longer the competition between hardware. It's competition of platforms iOS vs Android, or even app stores Apple AppStore vs Google Play. Hardware devices - is just the way to count the number of users in each ecosystem. And the main goal for Google and Apple - is to distribute as much devices as possible (for any price). Google intends to reach this goal by the low prices, and Apple - by the WOW-effect.



2012 Apple’s evolution history in single video



One blogger (maybe Apple fan ?), August Brandels, combined cuts from various Apple commercials and promotional spots of different times and created very interesting video about the evolution of Apple products: from the first computer with DOS to iPhone 5 and Retina MacBook Pro.