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iOS Version History: A Visual Timeline

In five and a half years, Apple has released 9 hardware devices and 51 total iOS version updates. The iOS platform is a constantly evolving, living and breathing entity. It’s easy to forget just how much the platform has evolved since June 2007, the introduction of the first iPhone. But we’re here to help you remember.

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Our new infographic aims to capture the iOS evolution, milestone by milestone, version by version, throughout the history of the platform. From June 29, 2007, to the rumored future of iOS in June 2013, we’ve captured all the major milestones, feature updates and hardware releases.

From the very beginning, iOS has introduced revolutionary technologies, such as hiding the filesystem from the user in 1.0, which at the time broke from smartphone tradition. It’s hard to imagine smartphones without easily accessible native third-party applications, but the App Store wasn’t introduced until iOS 2.0 in July 2008, making finding and installing apps easier – and less expensive – than ever before, while opening several doors of opportunity for app developers. The following year brought Spotlight Search, a system-wide search functionality that allowed users to find anything on their device with some quick text from the homescreen. Apple’s big announcement in April 2010 was, in fact, large – the iPad was born, bringing iOS into the tablet market. Remember when Siri debuted? When iOS 6 finally integrated Facebook? It’s hard to imagine the mobile ecosystem without these features and devices today, but it’s crucial to keep track to see just how far the platform has advanced and to make predictions on what’s next.

What is next for iOS? iOS 7.0, the rumored release of this upcoming summer, is predicted to offer some crucial new features, many of which can already be found in competing devices. An updated Siri with expanded capabilities; NFC integration, allowing for easier mobile payments; location based setting profiles, allowing your device to, for example, automatically adjust its sound and notification settings when you return home from work; proximity notifications that can detect when your Apple devices are close together and thus not send you notifications on both; and multiple user accounts to allow for different logins and specific device settings based on those accounts. Will Apple make these changes that users long for? Will they release the iPhone 5S along with their iOS 7 update this summer? Only time will tell, but for now, the rumor mill is buzzing.

What do you think Apple has in store for us in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below. 

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