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Apple user's dictionary of tech jargon

David Price | May 10, 2016
From Arrangement Mode to Xcode: we explain all the jargon in our plain-English dictionary of tech terms, focusing on concepts that affect Apple fans

What is iOS?

The operating system software used on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The most recent full-number version is iOS 9, which was unveiled at WWDC 2015 in June 2015 and launched alongside new iPhones at a special press event on 9 September.

What is an iPad?

Tablet computer made by Apple. Similar to the iPhone but with a larger display. As of 30 March 2016, five models are available: iPad mini 2iPad mini 4iPad Air 2iPad Pro 9.7in; and iPad Pro 12.9in. The first two have 7.9in screens, the second two have 9.7in screens, and the biggest iPad Pro has a 12.9in screen.

iPad Air 2

What is an iPhone?

A mobile phone and portable data connected computer made by Apple. There have been 10 models released, with various configurations of each: different storage capacities, cellular connectivity and colours.

Current models available: iPhone SEiPhone 6iPhone 6 PlusiPhone 6siPhone 6s Plus.

We expect more iPhones to launch in September 2016, just as Apple does every September. There will presumably be an iPhone 7 and quite possibly an iPhone 7 Plus. We occasionally even look ahead as far as the iPhone 8.

What is an iPod?

A music player made by Apple: one of the most successful product lines in its history (or in the history of any tech company), although one that's now well on the decline. Not too long ago Apple removed the iPod section heading from its website.

The most modern incarnation is called iPod touch and is essentially an iPhone without the mobile data connection. But Apple still sells more music-focused iPods: the tiny iPod shuffle and the small iPod nano. The relatively big iPod classic was discontinued a little while ago, causing a certain amount of grieving: A Tribute (and Goodbye) to Apple's iPod Classic

What is IPS?

A type of LCD monitor that offers better colour reproduction. IPS stands for in-plane switching and it is widely considered superior to TN (twisted nematic) monitors. Apple MacBooks, iPads, iPhone and iPod touch models all use IPS displays. 

What is iTunes?

 

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