The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

iOS brings iPhone and iPad to life in incredibly personal and powerful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use. Intelligent suggestions appear right when you need them. And advanced technologies protect your privacy and security. Once you’ve experienced iOS, you’ll understand why so many people love using iPhone and iPad.

Easy to Use

Tap. Swipe. Scroll. See, you already know how to use it.

From the moment you pick up your device, you’re up and running. iOS has always been designed for Multi-Touch interactions. So you can tap your favorite app and get right to work — or play. Swipe to the right to see what’s going on today. Scroll through thousands of photos in seconds. Everything about iOS is designed to look beautiful and work beautifully.


Extraordinarily productive. So you can be, too.

iOS helps you get things done quickly and easily. The Files app brings all your files together. The Dock makes finding your favorite or recently used apps effortless. Multitasking lets you work in multiple apps simultaneously. And Siri suggests shortcuts right when you need them based on your daily routines.


Hardware and software designed together. For an experience that stands apart.

When hardware and software are made for each other, everything just works. Incredibly well. Apps make use of hardware features such as the powerful A11 Bionic chip with its Neural Engine. iOS takes advantage of the security of Face ID and Touch ID for advanced authentication. And ProMotion technology on iPad Pro makes Apple Pencil even more responsive.


When you tap the shutter button, the iPhone camera’s image signal processor performs billions of operations — including things like face detection, autofocus, and exposure control. All so you can capture unbelievably vivid pictures in a flash.

Apple Pencil

When paired with iPad Pro with ProMotion technology, Apple Pencil is smoother and more responsive than ever. And its latency — the tiny delay between when you begin drawing and the time it appears on the screen — is virtually imperceptible.

Augmented Reality

A new world all around you.

iOS is the world’s largest augmented reality platform. Games and apps now offer fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen. By taking advantage of the latest in AR technology, you can take real-world measurements, digitally redecorate your home, explore inside an object without taking it apart, walk with dinosaurs, and share out-of-this-world experiences with others. The possibilities are endless.

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Built-in Apps

Apps as elegant as they are essential.

iOS includes a core collection of Apple-designed apps you’ll use every day, like Photos, Maps, Messages, Health, and more. Each is engineered to be incredibly intuitive with remarkable attention to detail. And for anything else you want to do, there are millions more apps in the App Store. It’s designed for discovery, so it’s even easier to find that next app you just can’t live without.


An OS with a remarkably high IQ.

With everyone’s favorite assistant, Siri, you can get more done without lifting a finger. Making everything you do easier, quicker, and more fun.1

iOS knows what you want before you do.

Combined with the power of Siri, iOS can provide helpful suggestions to make writing a message easier, get you to your destination faster, and even recommend apps you’re likely to love. All while keeping your information private.

  • Siri Suggestions

    As Siri learns your routines, like your daily order on your favorite coffee shop’s app, you’ll get suggested shortcuts at just the right time on the Lock screen or in search.

  • Maps

    Maps can learn your daily routine, providing helpful suggestions for places you might like to visit and the fastest way to get there. For example, upcoming meetings on your calendar are automatically presented with suggested routes.

  • Photos

    The Photos app makes it easy to search your images for specific people, places, and things. Photos also suggests sharing photos with the people who are in them using facial recognition.

Screen Time and Notifications

Built-in features to help you make the most of your time.

Apps help us do so many extraordinary things that we can lose track of just how much we use them. iOS has features designed to help you focus on the things that are important to you, reduce interruptions, and even unplug from your devices completely when you want to.

Screen Time

Screen Time helps give you a better understanding of the time you and your kids spend using apps, visiting websites, and on your devices overall. You can check reports to see app usage and set time limits for specific apps and websites. So you can make the most of how you choose to spend time on your iPhone or iPad.


Easily customize your notifications to be helpful, relevant, and nonintrusive. You can manage your notifications in real time from the Lock screen or turn them off altogether. Siri also makes intelligent suggestions about your alerts based on how you interact with them. And message threads and notification topics are grouped together, so it’s easier to see what’s important at a glance.

Do Not Disturb

There may be times when you don’t want to be disrupted by any alerts, messages, or calls at all. You can set Do Not Disturb just for a meeting or while you’re at a specific location, and it will automatically turn off as soon as your event ends or you leave that place.

Protecting Your Data

Privacy and security are at the core of everything we believe. And make.

At Apple, protecting your information is something we build into our processes from the beginning. Whenever we develop a product, we ensure that security and privacy are part of its foundation. These are values we’re deeply committed to because your trust means everything to us.

Comprehensive privacy.

iOS is designed to put your privacy first. If an app you’ve installed wants access to personal information like location or photos, it asks for your permission. You have control over how apps access your HealthKit and HomeKit data. Conversations over iMessage and FaceTime are encrypted, so no one but you and the person you’re talking to can see them in transit. And features built into Safari give you the ability to browse privately, block cookies, and prevent websites from tracking you or collecting your device’s unique data.

Advanced security.

iOS offers the most advanced security of any mobile operating system. Hardware and firmware features are designed to protect against malware and viruses, while iOS features help to secure your personal information — including automatically creating, autofilling, and storing strong passwords in Safari and apps. Face ID and Touch ID are easy alternatives to entering your passcode each time, preventing unauthorized access to your device. And we give developers tools to make the safest apps possible, including top-notch encryption, App Transport Security, and more.


All your devices. One seamless experience.

With iCloud, iOS can automatically connect many of your Apple products, making things you do every day easier. Like quickly sharing files between devices without having to email them. Or starting a task on your iPad and finishing it on your Mac. And everything’s synced — so when you update a document or photo on your iPhone, the latest version appears on all your devices.2

Handoff lets you pick up right where you left off.

Start writing an email or text message on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac. Handoff works with iTunes, Music, Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Podcasts, and Clock.

Send text messages from any of your devices.

Receive a text on your iPhone and reply from your Mac or iPad. You can even send messages from your iPad or Mac by selecting a phone number in apps like Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.

Share files wirelessly with AirDrop.

Sharing with AirDrop is faster and more convenient than an email or text, especially since you can send larger files that are too big for many email servers.3

Universal Clipboard lets you copy here and paste there.

Copy text, images, or video from an app on your iPhone. Then simply paste it into an app on your Mac or iPad.

AirPlay 2. Home, sweet-sounding home.

With AirPlay 2, you can control your home audio system and the speakers throughout your house.4 You can play a song in the living room and your kitchen at the same time. Adjust the volume in any room. Or have your music start instantly on all your speakers — in sync with one another.


The best place for all your photos, files, and more.

iCloud is built into every Apple device. That means all your stuff — photos, files, notes, and more — is safe, up to date, and available wherever you are. And it works automatically, so all you have to do is keep doing what you love. Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start, and it’s easy to add more at any time.5

iOS even works in your home and your car.


iOS makes home automation secure and easy. So you can do things like have your lights turn on when you pull into the driveway, play music for your cat while you’re out of town, or lock the front door from your iPhone if you forgot to.6

Do Not Disturb While Driving

iOS can sense when you might be driving and help keep you from being distracted by calls, texts, and notifications. You can customize a message for anyone trying to contact you. And in the case of an emergency, a call or message can come through.


We want everyone to experience the power of iOS.

iOS includes a variety of assistive features like streaming audio into hearing aids or AirPods, providing audio descriptions for buttons and apps, and letting you talk instead of type. Because as technology moves forward, we want to make sure no one is left behind.



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You’ll always get the latest updates. Free.

iOS updates are free. And they’re available to download wirelessly on your iPhone and iPad the moment they’re released. Your device can alert you when it’s time to get the latest version. So you won’t miss out on the amazing features in new updates.

iOS 12

More power to you.

iOS 12 makes apps faster and more responsive, while giving you more ways to connect, more personalization, and more to look forward to.

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