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iOS is 6 years old, not 7

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Altis, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Reviewers keep saying it, users keep saying it, now even Federighi at Apple is saying that iOS has been out for 7 years.

    It was released in June 2007. We're September 2013. 2013-2007 = 6 years (6.25 including the months).

    7 years ago was 2006. When iOS 2 came out, iOS was 1 year old.

    Am I missing something?
  2. macrumors G3

    You're right. I'm also guilty of saying that.
  3. macrumors 65832


    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. That's 7 years if you include 2007.
  4. macrumors G3

    You count it this way:

    2007-2008 - Year 1
    2008-2009 - Year 2

  5. macrumors 68020

    Still 6 years. Even at it's January '07 announcement, it's still 6 years, unless you round up. Jan/June 2014, depending how you look at it, will be 7 years.
  6. psylence2k, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    macrumors regular

    not really , it was released in June of 2007, so you dont count the whole years, you go

    June 07 to June 08 = 1 Year

    that makes it around 6.25 years like he said.

    If you counted the way you're doing then by June of 2008 it would've already been two years old.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    I just wanted to check if I was losing my mind.
  8. macrumors 68040


    People are going by the year each version was introduced, not each subsequent year after iOS 7

    iOS 1: 2007
    iOS 2: 2008
    iOS 3: 2009
    iOS 4: 2010
    iOS 5: 2011
    iOS 6: 2012
    iOS 7: 2013

    Thus, for the past 7 years we've gotten a new version of iOS. iOS itself however, is only 6.25 years old.

    Kind of warped, but oh well.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    It's still wrong to say 7 years ago when it's been 6. 7 years ago was 2006.

    Saying "for the past 7 years" means 2006...

    If you look at the years you listed, the duration is 6.
  10. macrumors 6502

    it's just a common mistake humans make. i recently celebrated my 28th birthday. someone toasted me to have a great 29th year of my life. it was sad to see how many college graduates tried to correct him saying i was beginning the 28th year of my life. even when explained as "when you turn 1, are you starting your first year or second year of life?" some people (that i used to have intellectual respect for) didn't get it.
  11. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Got It.... So we are on our 5th iphone and 6th year of iOS
  12. macrumors G3

    Both the 5S and 5C are the seventh generation of iPhones.
  13. macrumors G3


    6 years. 7 years. Who cares?
  14. macrumors 6502a


    They are rounding to whole years a very common business practice. Why does it matter?
  15. macrumors demi-god


    This thread is an excellent example of why the US is low on math .

  16. macrumors 6502a

    I think they're just mistaken.

    It does matter because it's false information. If someone said the iPhone 5 was 2 years old (by your same logic), people would correct it saying it's been out for 1 year.

    The thread title is very descriptive... If it doesn't interest you, please disregard.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Again, they're going by when iOS was first introduced. Basically they're considering iOS 1's announcement the first year of iOS's existance. It's a weird way of looking at it, but that's how they're doing it.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    If that's the case, it's still incorrect to say "7 years ago". That phrase has a meaning and in this case, it's incorrect. As does "7 years old".

    Anybody hearing that phrase would immediately know it refers to a time around 7 years ago.

    I'm not 27 because I just turned 26. iOS 1 was not 1 year old when it was released.
  19. macrumors 68040


    No, they're not saying iOS is one year old, they're saying for the past 7 years there has been an iOS release, which is correct, since for the last 7 years, each one saw a release of iOS.

    iOS is 6 years old, in the definition of a full calendar year before the next version, but there has been an iOS release for the last 7 years (counting 2013), which is what they are referring to.

    It's kind of a sneak tactic but they aren't wrong.
  20. macrumors P6

    Bingo, that's pretty much it. Over the last 7 calendar years (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) we've had iOS.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    No worries and I'm not attacking. Its a common business practice to round years to whole numbers. Remember when you buy a new car it is already considered a year old. Its a strange practice, and a common one.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Except that he said "seven years ago".... which is 2006, no matter how you try to view it.

    Using that logic (counting each year during which it was present) is incorrect. By that logic, something could be 2 years old after 10 minutes if it was released December 31st at 11:55 PM. :rolleyes:

    "seven years ago" and "seven years old" means precisely 2006. It's just a mistake people are making because it's the 7th iteration of iOS.
  23. macrumors 68040


    'Cause in Russia or India they're getting this right each and every time.
  24. macrumors G3

    I can't tell how old you think iOS is.

    The phone came out on June 29, 2007. Would you say it was one year old on June 30, 2007 or June 29, 2008?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Maybe the 5c is the 6 1/2 generation.

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