What is all the fuss about iOS 6?
Which iOS do I have ?
iOS is the operating system used by the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. In the words of Wikipedia, “an operating system (OS) is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs.”
Oh, yes, that makes it a lot clearer, right?
Well, trying to simplify, let’s say there’s a lot of features that are built in into iOS that allow you to take advantage of what the iPad, iPhone or iPod have to offer. For example, connecting to WiFi or cellular networks, being able to take pictures with the camera, using location services, using gestures on the multi touch screen, listening to music and more.
As time goes by, Apple releases new versions of iOS with new or improved features (at least most of the time… Let’s forget about maps for now…)
Which iOS do I have?
To check your iOS version, from the home screen, tap on settings:
Then tap on General and About ( top right )
On the About screen look for the line that displays the version. In this example we see we have iOS 5.1.
In this other example we see we have iOS 6.
Mac OS X similarities
For those who recently purchased a new Mac or upgraded it, you will notice more and more similarities between iOS and Mac OS X. It seems the idea behind this is to converge in the future to one OS that can run on all Apple devices. The advantage for you will be learning once and using it everywhere.