Other Why not iPhone OS

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    In 2010, Apple renamed iPhone OS to iOS, stating the reason was that now more than just the iPhone ran the software. Mainly meaning the iPad. Now that there is iPadOS, the original point of the iOS name has been destroyed. Why is it not called iPhone OS 13? The dev build is still iPhone OS though, always has been
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Sounds like you need to write a letter to Apple and get them straightened out!

    Does what they call it really matter that much?
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Novelty sake? Because they used that name before.
    I have the same idea as soon as I hear iPadOS. Nothing remotely related to dealbreaker but kinda interesting to pull it off.
     
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  5. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well iPhone OS was also the name for the first 3 years of the iPod touch. Also, it's not nearly as relevant as it was then.

    Naming just seems inconsistent now.
     
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    Well they have had tvOS, watchOS and MacOS for a while now. With iPados, iOS is basically iPhone os now.

    iOS sounds better than iPhoneOS.
    Hope they keep it iOS.
     
  7. ericg301 macrumors 65816

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    who's to say the "i" in iOS doesnt stand for "iPhone"?
     
  8. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess they could argue that now, but when the name iOS was created, the "i" referred to the names of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
     
  9. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Honestly, under the hood,iPadOS is still iOS and "iPhone OS" .
     
  10. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Changing it after so many years would be inconsistent. Consistency is, by definition, staying with the established norm. Most current iPhone users don't even know that it was ever called "iPhone OS". Changing it back would just confuse people and ruin several years of brand name familiarity.
     
  11. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    You realized that they just changed the iOS name for iPads to iPadOS? If Apple cared about any of that, they would not have made the change for iPad in the first place.

    I have a feeling that once they kill iPod, they might rename iOS to iPhoneOS.
     
  12. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    No offense, but you’re taking this far too seriously. It doesn’t really matter.
     
  13. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    They changed it to iPadOS to emphasize the new functionality granted to the iPad.
    I guarantee you they are not going to rename it iPhoneOS. There is absolutely no reason to, and you don't change the name of something popular and familiar for no reason. Other companies would kill to get the brand recognition of "iOS". You don't throw that away lightly.

    You're definitely over thinking this.
     
  14. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    People were saying the same thing when Apple renamed OS X to macOS. Somehow I did not see any fallouts from that change, and if anything the change made naming more in line for them.

    I would not be so sure to go as far as say that you guarantee. No one knows what Apple will do.
    Personally, I think Apple will at some point rename the iOS to iPhoneOS purely for consistency reasons (maybe once iPod is dead for example).
     
  15. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    Honestly, that's not really a good reason to dump the iOS name. In reality, iPadOS and what runs on iPhone are both still iOS.
     
  16. dontwalkhand macrumors 603

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    So is tvOS and watchOS, these are all really just iOS
     

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