In the realm of smartphones, Apple products stand at a different level. Many consider Apple to be just another brand with high priced products with not a lot of innovations for their users and, on the contrary, many also claim that Apple is way above any puny competitions especially, with Android devices. Now, as a third person, you may ask that what makes the difference between android and Apple Devices? Their Operating systems.
What Is the Apple Operating System?
All Apple smartphones, known as iPhones and tablets, named as iPads operate on their operating system known as the Apple OS or iOS. It was first launched by Apple Inc. in 2007 with their first iPhone, debuting in the smartphone industry. iOS closely resembles its parent operating system, Mac OS which is incorporated in Apples Mac(s) and Imax(s) and also, completes the ‘Apple ecosystem’ allowing all Apple devices to communicate with each other, across iOS and Mac OS, seamlessly.
Android Operating System vs. Apple iOS
Similar to the Android, iOS gained rapid recognition in the market with their first touch screen device, iPhone, which was completely extraordinary in the market as customers were habituated to flip phones and keyboard cell phones, introduced by Blackberry. However, unlike android, iOS has retained 100% of its copyrights and does not allow its OS to be integrated into other devices. Apart from that, iOS and Android differ from each other on several grounds, such as:
- User Interface: Compared to Android OS, iOS provides a much more aesthetic and organized UI which is often supremely regarded by regular iOS users.
- It may be confusing at first: As iOS vastly focuses on productivity and optimization, it has reduced the ‘number of buttons’ available on-screen which could be a bit bothersome for the majority of first-time users. Here, Android gets the brownie points
- iOS also hosts its video calling and messaging applications; Facetime and iMessage which essentially enables Apple users for communicating with each other.
- iOS was also the first OS that had the concept of a virtual assistant incorporated in all Apple devices. “Siri”. Later, Android introduced their virtual voice assistant, named ‘Google assistant’
- Efficient Battery optimization: unlike Android, iOS devices can offer similar screen time like all other smartphones even with having a smaller and less-powered battery
Limitations of the Apple Operating System
- As Apple has mainly focused on making the operating system more simplistic and less heavy for better battery optimization, faster UI and cost-cutting, it heavily reduced the multitasking capabilities of Apple devices, which could be frustrating for users at times
- Over the years, as Apple has released upgraded versions of iOS, it lacks enough innovation in terms of design and UI, which could potentially make apple products less exciting in the long run
- Lack of accessibility, as the iOS device does not provide many opportunities of interacting with a non-iOS device, it makes Apple products rigid and unproductive at times, especially for corporate use where employees may have to use certain applications which are unavailable on AppStore or requires networking with non-iOS devices.
Apple Operating System Security
Apple has always been notorious for security and safety measures, on both Mac OS and iOS. Now with more advanced chipsets in their smartphones (A11, A12, A13), alongside regular iOS updates, they have significantly taken security to the next level as iOS devices are protected against almost all forms of attack vectors and potential cyberattacks that could happen! Apple was also the first manufacturer to incorporate depth field in face unlock feature, which upgraded biometric security on mobile devices. iOS also hosts its firewall which restricts user information from being stolen online or on a public network.