iPhones, iPods, & iPads forum

Resolved Question

What does IOS mean?

by vip_hp / December 27, 2011 8:39 AM PST

I always wanted to know what that meant but no websites can really give me the answer.

vip_hp has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: What does IOS mean?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: What does IOS mean?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by vip_hp

Collapse -
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 27, 2011 8:58 AM PST
In reply to: What does IOS mean?

It is just a nickname for the Apple OS (operating system). Apple likes the "i" in the beginning of many of it's products. Other examples of products are the iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac.

There is an Android OS, Symbian OS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Blackberry OS which are used in various smartphones.

Collapse -
Got that part
by vip_hp / December 27, 2011 12:35 PM PST
In reply to: answer

But what does the "I" mean in IOS? Like is there just a specific word?

Collapse -
Check out this internet link
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 27, 2011 1:09 PM PST
In reply to: Got that part
Collapse -
Never knew this
by talks_44 / December 29, 2011 7:54 PM PST

Thank you for the link, it's actually rather interesting to find out haha

Collapse -
by chu_nicholas / December 30, 2011 8:01 AM PST
In reply to: What does IOS mean?

I think it means initial operating system

Collapse -
(NT) You didn't read the link, did you?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 30, 2011 9:04 AM PST
In reply to: umm
Collapse -
(NT) I didn't say I was right
by chu_nicholas / December 31, 2011 7:10 AM PST
Collapse -
It's all good
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 31, 2011 10:06 AM PST

No harm, no foul.

Collapse -
iOS, iPod, iPad, iMac, iPhone
by Doh_1 / January 6, 2012 10:28 AM PST
In reply to: What does IOS mean?

Apple marketing decided to put an "i" in front of all their new products...the "i" was oringinally for "internet" according to what I've read. Now it's just a branding thing for Apple.

Collapse -
Read the third reply
by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 6, 2012 10:47 AM PST

There is a link to an informative article about the origin of Apple's "i" nickname for several of it's products.

Collapse -
by Atureena / January 7, 2012 5:02 AM PST
In reply to: What does IOS mean?

It stands for (( iPhone Operating System )) and (( I )) stand for Internet so the term will be
(( internet phone Operating System ))

Collapse -
(NT) Close, but no cigar
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 7, 2012 8:48 AM PST
In reply to: Hi
Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,912 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,498 discussions
Laptops 20,411 discussions
Security 30,882 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 21,253 discussions
Windows 10 1,672 discussions
Phones 16,494 discussions
Windows 7 7,855 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,504 discussions


The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.