iOS might be renamed to iPhone OS at WWDC 2020

Apple could be changing the name of iOS to iPhone OS to differentiate it from iPadOS

Highlights
  • iPhone OS was the original name of the operating system for the iPhone
  • It was changed to iOS when the iPad was launched in 2010
  • Now that the iPad has its own OS, called iPad OS, Apple can change iOS back to iPhone OS

iOS 14 could be rebranded as iPhone OS at the upcoming WWDC 2020 developer conference, suggests prolific tipster Jon Prosser. iPhone OS, to recall, was the original name of the Apple smartphones’ operating system, and it stayed that way until 2010 when the first iPad was announced. Back then, Apple changed the name to iOS to fit for both iPhones and iPad. However, last year Apple announced a separate operating system for iPad, aptly dubbed as iPadOS. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Cupertino-based firm reverts to iPhone OS name for the upcoming release of iOS at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2020.

The conference is slated to begin on Monday, June 22nd and the virtual keynote will likely see the announcement of the next iteration of iOS, macOS, iPadOS, TvOS, and watchOS. Additionally, the vendor is also expected to announce its transition to ARM-based Mac computers, iMac 2020, and a couple of other devices. You can tune in at 10 am PDT (10:30 pm IST) on June 22nd to watch the Apple WWDC 2020 event live. It’ll be livestreamed on Apple’s YouTube channel, Apple.com, the Apple Developer App, and the Apple TV app.

The details about the upcoming iOS 14 or iPhone OS is scarce at the moment; however, initial reports suggest that the OS may feature a new fitness app, revamped multitasking, new AR applications, a “PencilKit” API, new iMessage features, and improved mouse cursor support. It’s is also expected to support all iPhones that received iOS 13. The upcoming watchOS 7, on the other hand, will reportedly include sleep tracking, a new country flag watch face, and ability to set third-party web browsers and email clients as default, according to Bloomberg.