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3.89473684210526 27 5 0
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95 VOTES

The iPhone OS is the operating system developed by Apple Inc.

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Pros

Open GL ES as graphics API

7 agree

multi-touch user interface

7 agree

intuitive user-interface

7 agree

mature application store

7 agree

OS updates itself often

6 agree

integration with iTunes

5 agree

Device is backed up every time it is synced, with encrypted backups available to protect personal data.

3 agree

A centralised Application store makes it easy to find, compare and install the right applications.

3 agree

OS is used by an increasing number of different devices with iPhones, iPod touch and now the iPad supported.

2 agree

Excellent developer tools available free to download.

2 agree

Screen input turns off automatically when the phone is in the pocket, making it nearly impossible to accidentally place a call.

2 agree

Excellent music and video player built in

2 agree

Virtual keyboard makes it easy to switch between different languages, you are not stuck with QWERTY.

2 agree

Metadata like phone numbers and addresses is automatically detected and made ready for interaction. For example, user can tap on a phone number on a web page to call that number or add it to the address book.

2 agree

Synchronisation with Mac, Windows and Google out of the box.

1 agrees

Centralised developer-friendly app store means developers do not need to spend money on advertising and distribution.

1 agrees

Applications are reviewed means no spyware / crapware ever makes it to your phone.

1 agrees

Excellent support for standard IMAP/POP3/SMTP based email as well as the Microsoft proprietary Exchange protocols.

1 agrees

While web-friendly, user data is held on the device, not in the cloud.

1 agrees

Fastest and most standards compliant Web browser (shared with Android)

1 agrees

Copy and paste works just fine in V3, V1 & 2 upgradeable to V3.

1 agrees

Instant push synchronisation of address book, calendar and bookmark data with other iPhone devices as well as MacOS and Windows computers via me.com

1 agrees

Unlike other platforms, apps bought on one iPhone OS device will work on others, so an app bought on iPhone will also work on your iPod touch, and your next iPhone.

1 agrees

A modern operating system designed specifically for multitouch user interface from the ground up, not a desktop OS on a portable device.

1 agrees

Most applications cost less than a cup of coffee.

1 agrees

Fastest javascript engine (shared with Android)

1 agrees

Fast application approval process means most applications approved within 24 hours

1 agrees

Unlike other platform, supports all languages from the ground up.

1 agrees

A huge selection of applications of just about any kind from games to office to mind mapping to ... whatever you want.

1 agrees

OS based on mature, stable and secure BSD UNIX.

1 agrees

Multimedia and network integration support from the ground up.

1 agrees
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Cons

no general multi-tasking (only specific Apple application use cases)

5 agree

application store is too restrictive for developers (many rejected apps, takes long for Apple to review )

5 agree

cloud integration with MobileMe lackluster compared to Android & Google services

2 agree

no copy & paste in versions 1 & 2

2 agree

only runs on the expensive iPhones

2 agree

Virtual keyboard takes a few minutes to get used to and lacks tactile feedback.

1 agrees

no flash support

1 agrees

cloud integration with MobileMe costs $99/year

1 agrees

WAY too many accidental phone calls because of the UI

1 agrees

can run slow and not without hiccups

1 agrees
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Edit

 

The iPhone OS is the operating system developed by Apple Inc. for the iPhone and iPod touch. This operating system did not have an official name until the release of the first beta version of the iPhone SDK on March 6, 2008. Before then, Apple marketing literature simply stated that the "iPhone uses OS X," a reference to Apple's desktop operating system, Mac OS X. iPhone OS has four abstraction layers: the Core OS layer, the Core Services layer, the Media layer, and the Cocoa Touch layer. Some multitasking is permitted, but it is not obtrusive or obvious, and it is limited to Apple's own applications. OpenGL ES is used as graphics API. As of Nov. 4, 2009, there are over 100,000 applications officially available for the iPhone, and 2 billion downloads had been achieved. On September 9, 2009, Apple announced version 3.1 of the iPhone OS.

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