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Apple may change iOS’ name back to iPhone OS

By Ng Chong Seng - on 22 Jun 2020, 6:26am

Apple may change iOS’ name back to iPhone OS

The current list of devices compatible with iOS 13. (Image: Apple website.)

It’s WWDC day, which means anything flies.

In a very short tweet posted last week, serial leaker Jon Prosser casually suggested that Apple might announce at WWDC another transition: the name ‘iOS’ to ‘iPhone OS’.

I’m currently taking this with a very big pinch of salt, so I’ll be very amused if it happens. For those unaware, iOS only came about ten years ago at WWDC 2010; before that the operating system was known as iPhone OS.

Then again, reverting to the old name makes sense. One of the reasons for the change to iOS a decade ago was that the OS ran on not just the iPhone, but the iPod touch and iPad, too. But now that iPad has its own iPadOS and iPod touch on its way out, returning to the OG name seems fitting. Not to mention that it sits better with the rest of Apple’s platforms like macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Again, I don’t buy it — but stranger things have happened.

Source: Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) on Twitter.