A history of iOS design from iOS 1 to iOS 8


We thought it would be great to go through the history of the iOS design, from iOS 1 to the most recent iOS 8. Throughout the years Apple has brought us everything from Copy Paste, to Siri and the App Store.

The GIF below shows the different changes the iOS design has gone through.



When the original iPhone was unveiled, Steve Jobs described the software as a mixture between OS X and Smartphone OS. In the beginning iOS was referred to as iPhone OS, however, with the release of iOS 5 this changed and the Operating Software would become known simply as iOS. Even though the original iPhone and iOS were revolutionary in many ways, it cae with just as many limitations.

When iOS was first released it came with only a few apps and no App Store. These Apple included:

  • Mail
  • iPod
  • Calendar
  • Photos
  • Clock
  • Text
  • Safari
  • Notes
  • YouTube
  • Calculator
  • Maps
  • Settings
  • Camera
  • Stocks
  • Phone

With iOS 2 Apple finally introduced third party apps, and the App Store was born. Released in 2008, the App Store finally gave users access to thousands of apps created by developers. The App Store really helped catapult Apple ahead of competitors, quickly everyone as talking about apps. Everyone and their mother seemed to be releasing apps.

Furthermore in order to make space for all the new apps, Apple introduced pages, which meant instead of being confined to a single screen your apps could take up several pages. In this version Apple also introduced the ability to take screenshots.


iOS 3 brought with it perhaps one of the most requested features, Cut and Paste! Until iOS 3 it was impossible to cut and paste text on the iPhone, meaning if you wanted to copy text from one app into another it was not possible.

Another greatly needed feature that was introduced in iOS 3 was the spotlight search, which allowed users to complete a system-wide search. This worked in all Apple apps such as contacts, emails, calendars, notes, and the iPod.

iOS 4 added some much needed features for power users, perhaps the biggest feature was Multitasking, while this still didn’t allow users to have more than one app open at the same time, it does allow users to complete certain tasks in the background. Furthermore iOS 5 came with support for the iPhone 4’s stunning Retina Display.

Finally iOS 4 allowed users to install custom wallpapers on their devices.


iOS 5 was released at the same time as the iPhone 4S and introduced the world to Siri, who replaces Voice Control with a virtual assistant who can do everything from telling you to remember an umbrella to reading your latest texts back to you. Need to find the latest NFL scores, simply ask Siri and your wish is her command. The only problem with Siri? She doesn’t run on older devices, so if you wanted to join the party you would have to pony up for a new phone.

In iOS 6 Apple kicked out Google and brought in their own Maps app with their own turn-by-turn voice navigation, and a new flyover feature. However, as you might remember Apple Maps failed miserably and people looked for Google to get them to their destination safely.

Apple also introduced several other features such as Do Not Disturb mode, panorama photos, as well as Facebook integration.


After the Maps debacle, Scott Forstall decided to leave Apple, and the UI design reins were handed over to Jony Ive, which ultimately resulted in the biggest redesign of iOS since the launch in 2007. Ive did away with many of the skeuomorphic UI elements in favor of a much flat design with colorful gradients. Furthermore iOS 7 introduced features such as Airdrop, iTunes Radio, as well as FaceTime audio.


While iOS 7 was all about visual changes, iOS 8 is more about what’s under the hood. This time Apple has focused on expanding features, as well as improving how we work on projects across devices. Thanks to “Continuity” iOS 8 will work together with the new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite to bring a brand new form of interaction between iPhone, iPad and Mac. Users will now be able to start working on a project on one device and continue on another. Furthermore, thanks to AirDrop you will be able to transfer transfer images and other files from your phone to your computer.

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Apple online store begins selling refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro


It hasn’t even been a month since Apple began offering refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks with Retina display via its online store starting at US$1,869. And now they have added  the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its lineup of refurbished offerings.

The machines start at $1,439 for the 2.5 GHz i5 model with 128 GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, a $260 savings over the $1,699 sticker price of a new unit. Apple’s also offering the 2.5 GHz i5 model with 256 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for $1,699 ($300 off, normally $1,999) and the 2.9 GHz i7 model with 512 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM for $2,289 ($410 off, normally $2,699). Shipping times for all three refurbished models run one to three days and, as usual, stock is limited.

For A Limited Time Angry Birds Rio For iPhone And iPad is Free


If you are like me you prefer to play games for free, well now is your chance to take advantage of the promo Rovio is having on their Angry Birds Rio game. You can download Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Rio HD from the App Store for free right now.

Even though it doesn’t have all the crazy new action of Angry Birds Star Wars, or Angry Birds In Space, there’s still a lot of fun to be had in Angry Birds Rio. The app has been made the “Free App of the Week,” so you have a few days to take advantage of the special before it goes back to costing $0.99 and $2.99.

Apple to hold annual shareholders meeting on feb 27


Apple filed with Apple notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it will be holding its annual shareholder meeting at 9 a.m. Pacific on Feb. 27 to discuss proposals from the company’s board of directors.

According to the SEC filing, the meeting will be held at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, Calif., where stock holders of record as of Jan. 2, 2013 can attend and vote for the various proposed measures.

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Pirated iOS app store Installous shutting down


This is great news for those of you who are making money from the App Store, Installous, a major portal for pirated paid apps from Apple’s App Store, won’t be around anymore. Earlier development team Hackulous announced the closure of Installous on their official Web site.

In the past Installous offered complete access to thousands of paid iOS apps for free for anyone with a jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In other words anyone could download an app without having to pay for it.
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Apple prevents developers from changing app screenshots

Earlier this week Apple announced on its developer site that from now on the images submitted along with apps will be locked down once they are approved for the App Store. The reasoning behind this being that currently there are too many scammers submitting apps with basic images for approval to Apple, then switching them out to infringing images that look just like the popular apps.
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Giant iPhone unveiled in Russia

imageIn St. Petersburg, Russia, a giant iPhone was unveiled as a tribute to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011.

The six-foot-tall sculpture, which resembles a black iPhone 4, was brought to life by designer Gleb Tarasov. While the sculpture doesn’t actually work as an iPhone, it does display a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, including important events and well-known speeches.

Apple blocks Java on Mac OS 10.6 and up


On Thursday Apple disabled Java 7 on Macs that already have the plug-in installed. This just a day since we learned Mozilla added all recent versions of Java to its Firefox add-on blocklist.

The company has disabled Java 7 by updating its antimalware protection system. For reference the file in question is located on Macs here: “/System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/Xprotect.plist.”

If you’re on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher, Apple has taken care of things for you. If you are using Windows or Linux, we recommend uninstalling Java if you don’t need it and disabling it if you do.