why not call iOS13 the iPhoneOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 13' started by mlody, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    Clearly Apple is separating iphone and ipad OSes which is great, but I wonder why they didn't rename iOS to iPhoneOS? That is how it was originally called anyway. It would have been great if they called it that - it would make more sense as people do not know what iOS is, but would know iPhoneOS. The new name would also nicely fit in line with the rest of the lineup - watchOS, tvOS, macOS etc.
     
  2. Ferc Kast macrumors 6502

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    I can think of at least one reason: the iPod touch that they released last week.
     
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  4. unobtainium macrumors 68020

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    That, and iOS is the original Apple mobile operating system. The others have all been spun out from it for their own specific class of devices, so it makes sense to have the original retain the name iOS.
     
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    Well, they did have iPhone OS before they went with iOS.
     
  6. CrashTestWalrus macrumors regular

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    Doesn’t the i in iOS still technically stand for iPhone? Or does it officially stand for nothing?
     
  7. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Not iPhone.

    As stated, original OS was iPhone OS through v3. We then had iPod Touches. And iPads.
     
  8. StevenRCE0 macrumors newbie

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    In fact, iPod touch is initially loaded with iPhoneOS.
     
  9. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    Why do they have to have their own names? I get that iPad needs to be more than a blown up iPhone interface but why does it need its own OS name? Why not just call it iOS for iPad, iOS for iPhone, iOS for iPod Touch. Apple’s marketing team is horrible with names.
     
  10. D.T. macrumors G3

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    That sounds like the __same__ OS for different devices vs. a discrete OS flavor with device specific support and features - plus the need to version the device specific versions independently with separate development roadmaps (see tvOS and watchOS ...)
     
  11. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    THOSE are names, too. iPhoneOS = iOS for iPhone; iPadOS = iOS for iPad, etc... a rose by any other name...
     
  12. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    iPadOS is iOS, right? What’s different about the OS on iPad this year vs iOS 11? Seems to me the name change is nothing more than marketing, maybe Apple marketing employees listened to various Apple-centric podcasts wishing for iPadOS.
     
  13. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    They are adding iPad-specific features to the iPad version of what was previously iOS and calling it iPadOS... I am sure that part of the goal was to simplify the coding within the monolithic iOS... split out iPad specific features and streamline the code.

    You can argue against it all you want, but (1) it makes sense and (2) Apple is doing it regardless of your opinion.

    That's just the way it is.
     
  14. D.T. macrumors G3

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    Yep. There's several reasons from a software engineering standpoint - and I say this as a software engineer :D
     
  15. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

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    iPadOS IS iOS13, they just changed the name to be fancy, but its still the same mobileOS. Only macOS has earned its right to have its own name.
     
  16. Relentless Power, Jun 4, 2019
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    True. I actually didn’t see that coming last week with the update with the iPod refresh 7th Gen, especially being it only received the A10 fusion/storage increase, anyways, I gather iOS is just fitting for those specific devices, but Apple also trying to use marketing in the same respect. [Kinda like how Force touch on the Apple Watch and 3D Touch on the iPhone almost exactly the same thing, but just different terminology to separate the functionality for both devices.]
     

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