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iOS Update History: From iPhone OS 1 to iOS 16 What Will Be New in iOS 17?

In June 2007, Apple Inc first released iPhone OS (renamed iOS with iPad release), a mobile operating system. With the development of Apple services, the company separate it into different operating system in 2019, iOS for the iPhone, iPadOS for the iPad. iOS is also the foundation of the newer audioOS and tvOS, and shares some of its code with macOS.

Every year, Apple will release a new iOS version alongside new iPhone models. From 2007 to 2010, the launch occurred in June or July, while since 2011 the new iOS version is released in September or October. Before the launch, iOS new version will be previewed at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) on June and developers all around the world can have a beta testing period sometimes in July.

iOS 17 is coming soon in September 2023. Is there something epoch-making in tidal waves of AI? Let's look forward to the latest version and have a learn about iOS update history first.

ios version history

Each iOS version will have a major update on September or October. Following the launch period, some of the smaller updates and bug fixes will be released.

June 2007: The first iPhone was released with iPhone OS 1.0 as its operating system. No smaller updates or bug fixes were released for iPhone OS 1.0.

July 2008: iOS 2.0 was released, introducing the App Store and supporting for third-party apps.

  • iOS 2.0.1: Fixed bugs with Safari and Mail, improved battery life, and more.
  • iOS 2.1: Improved overall stability and performance, fixed bugs with text messaging and call quality, and more.
  • iOS 2.2: Added Google Street View to Maps, fixed bugs with Safari and Mail, and more.

June 2009: iOS 3.0 was released, bringing features such as copy and paste, Spotlight search, and landscape keyboard support.

  • iOS 3.0.1: Fixed a bug that allowed unauthorized access to the iPhone's lock screen.
  • iOS 3.1: Added Genius playlists to iPod, improved syncing and browsing in iTunes, and more.
  • iOS 3.1.2: Fixed bugs with network connectivity, cellular data, and more.
  • iOS 3.1.3: Fixed bugs with battery life, Japanese kana input, and more.

June 2010: iOS 4.0 was released, introducing multitasking, FaceTime, and iBooks.

  • iOS 4.0.1: Improved signal strength display on iPhone 4.
  • iOS 4.0.2: Fixed a security vulnerability with PDF files.
  • iOS 4.1: Added Game Center, improved HDR photography, and more.
  • iOS 4.2: Added AirPrint and AirPlay, improved iPad multitasking, and more.

October 2011: iOS 5.0 was released, bringing Siri, iMessage, and Notification Center.

  • iOS 5.0.1: Improved battery life, fixed bugs with Documents in the Cloud and Siri, and more.
  • iOS 5.1: Added support for Japanese language in Siri, improved camera face detection, and more.
  • iOS 5.1.1: Fixed bugs with AirPlay video playback, Safari, and more.

September 2012: iOS 6.0 was released, introducing Apple Maps and Passbook.

  • iOS 6.0.1: Fixed bugs with camera flash, Wi-Fi connectivity, and more.
  • iOS 6.0.2: Fixed a bug with Wi-Fi connectivity for iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
  • iOS 6.1: Added support for LTE, improved Siri integration with movies, and more.
  • iOS 6.1.1: Fixed bugs with cellular connectivity and Microsoft Exchange accounts.

September 2013: iOS 7.0 was released, featuring a major redesign with flatter icons, Control Center, and AirDrop.

  • iOS 7.0.1: Fixed a bug with Touch ID and iTunes purchases.
  • iOS 7.0.2: Fixed a lock screen passcode vulnerability.
  • iOS 7.0.3: Added iCloud Keychain, fixed bugs with iMessage and accelerometer, and more.
  • iOS 7.0.4: Fixed a bug with FaceTime calls.

September 2014: iOS 8.0 was released, introducing third-party keyboards, Health app, and iCloud Drive.

  • iOS 8.0.1: Fixed a bug that disabled cellular connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • iOS 8.0.2: Fixed bugs with HealthKit, third-party keyboards, and more.
  • iOS 8.1: Added Apple Pay, improved camera roll, and more.
  • iOS 8.1.1: Improved performance on iPhone 4s and iPad 2.

September 2015: iOS 9.0 was released, bringing improvements to Siri, Notes, and multitasking on iPad.

  • iOS 9.0.1: Fixed bugs with setup assistant and alarms.
  • iOS 9.0.2: Fixed bugs with iMessage activation and cellular data usage.
  • iOS 9.1: Added new emojis, improved Live Photos, and more.
  • iOS 9.2: Added support for Arabic language in Siri, improved Apple Music, and more.

September 2016: iOS 10.0 was released, introducing a redesigned lock screen, Home app, and SiriKit.

  • iOS 10.0.1: Fixed bugs with iCloud backups and Health data.
  • iOS 10.0.2: Fixed bugs with headphone audio controls and Photos app.
  • iOS 10.0.3: Fixed a bug with cellular connectivity on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  • iOS 10.1: Added Portrait mode to iPhone 7 Plus, improved Messages app, and more.
  • iOS 10.2: Added new emojis, improved Music app, and more.
  • iOS 10.2.1: Fixed a bug with the kernel that could allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

September 2017: iOS 11.0 was released, featuring a redesigned Control Center, Files app, and ARKit.

  • iOS 11.0.1: Fixed a bug with email accounts.
  • iOS 11.0.2: Fixed bugs with crackling audio and photos.
  • iOS 11.0.3: Fixed a bug with haptic feedback on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  • iOS 11.1: Added new emojis, improved Live Photos, and more.
  • iOS 11.1.1: Fixed a bug with autocorrect and Hey Siri.
  • iOS 11.1.2: Fixed a bug with iPhone X display responsiveness in cold temperatures.
  • iOS 11.2: Added Apple Pay Cash, improved Control Center, and more.
  • iOS 11.2.1: Fixed a bug with HomeKit that could allow unauthorized access to HomeKit accessories.
  • iOS 11.2.2: Fixed a bug with Safari that could allow malicious code to run on a device.

September 2018: iOS 12.0 was released, bringing performance improvements, Screen Time, and Memojis.

  • iOS 12.0.1: Fixed a bug with charging on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
  • iOS 12.1: Added Group FaceTime, improved Camera app, and more.
  • iOS 12.1.1: Improved FaceTime UI and added new features to Live Photos.
  • iOS 12.1.2: Fixed a bug with cellular connectivity on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
  • iOS 12.1.3: Fixed bugs with Messages app, CarPlay, and more.
  • iOS 12.1.4: Fixed a bug with Group FaceTime that could allow users to listen in on conversations.

September 2019: iOS 13.0 was released, featuring Dark Mode, a redesigned Photos app, and Sign in with Apple.

  • iOS 13.1: Added ETA sharing in Maps, improved Shortcuts app, and more.
  • iOS 13.1.1: Fixed a bug with battery drain on iPhone.
  • iOS 13.1.2: Fixed bugs with camera and flashlight on iPhone.
  • iOS 13.1.3: Fixed a bug with background app performance.
  • iOS 13.2: Added Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras, improved Siri, and more.
  • iOS 13.2.1: Fixed a bug with cellular connectivity on iPhone after updating to iOS 13.2.
  • iOS 13.2.2: Fixed a bug with background app performance and multitasking.
  • iOS 13.2.3: Fixed a bug with search functionality in Mail and Files apps.

September 2020: iOS 14.0 was released, introducing App Library, Widgets, and Picture in Picture.

  • iOS 14.0.1: Fixed bugs with default app settings and widget displays.
  • iOS 14.1: Added support for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, improved Camera app, and more.
  • iOS 14.2: Added new emojis, improved Control Center, and more.
  • iOS 14.2.1: Fixed a bug with MMS messages on iPhone 12 models.
  • iOS 14.2.1: Fixed a bug with MMS messages not being received on iPhone 12 models.
  • iOS 14.2.2: Fixed a bug with a lock screen issue on iPhone 12 models.
  • iOS 14.2.3: Improved reliability of the App Store and reduced the size of app downloads.
  • iOS 14.3: Added support for Apple Fitness+, improved ProRAW format for iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and more.
  • iOS 14.4: Added a notification for when the camera on an iPhone is not genuine, improved Bluetooth audio playback, and more.
  • iOS 14.4.1: Fixed a bug with the Keyboard app that could allow malicious websites to gain access to device memory.
  • iOS 14.4.2: Fixed a bug with WebKit that could allow malicious websites to execute arbitrary code.
  • iOS 14.4.3: Fixed a bug with the Safari app that could allow malicious websites to perform cross-site scripting attacks.
  • iOS 14.5: Added support for unlocking iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a mask, improved Siri voices, and more.
  • iOS 14.5.1: Fixed a bug with App Tracking Transparency that could allow app developers to bypass user preferences.
  • iOS 14.5.2: Fixed a bug with security updates for WebKit that could allow malicious websites to execute arbitrary code.
  • iOS 14.6: Added support for Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio, improved Podcasts app, and more.
  • iOS 14.7: Added support for MagSafe Battery Pack, improved Weather app, and more.
  • iOS 14.7.1: Fixed a bug with Touch ID on iPhone 13 models.
  • iOS 14.7.2: Fixed a bug with the iOS kernel that could allow malicious code to execute arbitrary commands.

September 2021: iOS 15.0 was released, bringing Focus mode, Live Text, and improvements to FaceTime and Maps.

  • iOS 15.0.1: Fixed a bug with App Store downloads and iCloud backups.
  • iOS 15.1: Added SharePlay for shared experiences during FaceTime calls, improved Photos app, and more.
  • iOS 15.1.1: Fixed a bug with the Unlock with Apple Watch feature.
  • iOS 15.2: Added new features to the TV app, improved Health app, and more.

September 2022: iOS 16.0 was released, bringing a redesigned Lock Screen with new ways to customize and widgets for information at a glance.

Bottom Line

These updates and bug fixes are not exhaustive and may not include every minor update or bug fix released by Apple for each major version of iOS. For every detailed update, get them on iOS version history. What will be the latest major updated on iOS 17?

Leave your ideas below, discuss with us and together wrap its mystery.

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Tomson Brown is interested in researching parental control and monitoring technology, and he has been focused on sharing his discoveries for more than five years.

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