It has been seven years since Steve Jobs brought the first iPhone to this world on January 10, 2007. In the past seven years, we witness the fast development of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. They create a new world of mobile terminals together and also lead the development of this field. As the operating system of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Apple’s iOS has a relatively traditional architecture. However, iOS has many advantages, such as high operating efficiency and low hardware requirements. Under the conditions of existing hardware, iOS applications can run smoothly with the best sense. Meanwhile, a lot of electricity can be saved. Apple’s iOS is a self-contained operating system equipped with simple and unadorned system architecture, so it is the most efficient operating system for mobile devices at present. However, how much do you know about iOS and iOS applications? We believe that a lot of people just have a very shallow understanding of iOS applications, let alone its featured applications. In view of this, we decide to explain the main types of iOS applications as well as some featured applications.
Main types of iOS applications
- App Store: Apple’s App Store is a digital application publishing platform created and maintained for iOS, allowing users to browse and download some applications developed by iOS SDK or Mac SDK from iTunes Store. Depending on different publishing circumstances, users can download the application for free or by paying some money. The application can be directly downloaded to iOS devices or to a computer via iTunes on Mac OS X platform or Windows platform. There are a lot of practical applications in App Store: games, schedule management, dictionaries, libraries, etc.
- Built-in program: different kinds of applications are embedded in the latest version of iOS (some applications may vary with devices): Phone, Mail, Safari, Music, Video, SpringBoard, SMS, Calendar, Photo, Camera, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Stocks, Apple Map, Weather, Memos, Magazines, Reminders, Clock, Calculator, Compass, Voice Memorandum, App Store, Game Center, Settings, Address Book, iTunes, Nike + iPod, Voice Control and Siri.
- Web applications: In the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference held in 2007, Apple announced that iPhone and iPod Touch will support some third-party applications through Safari. These applications are called Web Applications and they can be written out through AJAX Web technology.
- Game Center: Game Center – a social network platform is one of the featured applications of iOS. Similar to Ping which is especially designed for music fans, Apple’s Game Center is especially designed for gamers. In terms of the core functions, Game Center is basically equivalent to Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Of course, Game Center is only available for iOS users and OS X Mountain Lion users. In Game Center, users can not only see the rankings and achievements of players in the game, but also find a new game with the help of recommendations from friends.
- ITunes: as another featured application, iTunes is a free digital media player available for Mac and PC. With iTunes, users are able to manage and play their digital music and video. On January 10, 2001, iTunes was released by Apple Inc. in the Macworld Expo of San Francisco. As users’ virtual store, iTunes will download the newly purchased applications automatically to all their devices and computers so as to meet all entertainment demands anytime and anywhere.