iOS operating system

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About iOS operating system

Apple’s iOS operating system powers the iPhone and iPad, the devices most responsible for the consumerization of IT, as well as the iPod Touch and even Apple TV. It debuted as the iPhone operating system in 2007, and Apple introduced it as the iPad operating system when that device came out in 2010. Apple does not allow installation of the iOS operating system on non-Apple hardware, and the company also places strict controls on the applications and services you can run on iOS. (For example, the iOS operating system famously won’t run Flash, which powers many online video players.) These policies aim to make iOS run more efficiently and securely, but they also limit the extent to which IT administrators can manage these devices. In this section you’ll learn about iPad and iPhone operating system management and get the latest news on the iOS operating system.