What is iOS?
iOS stands for iPhone OS. Just
like Mac OS X, iOS is based on Darwin, which is
based from FreeBSD.
iOS is heavily directed
to multimedia and games. For this,
iOS has four abstraction
layers Core OS, Core Services,
and Cocoa Touch.
As a matter of fact, iOS (iPad, to be more
specific) is my
youngest son's favorite OS. Over
500 apps later, I still cannot make him
trade it for Android, which is my favorite portable OS.
There is no OS installation that a user can
perform. At the same time, all updates
for OS and apps (mobile
applications) are pushed by Apple, but
authorized by the user. Note
that iOS 6 on iPhone and iPod is fairly buggy. The update
drains the unit's battery in a matter of an hour or so.
If you are running iOS 5, there is nothing more you can do
as there is no iOS 7 update for
iPhone and iPod. This does not
seem to be a problem in iPad, which seems to
run iOS 7 smoothly.
At the same time, all apps are installed from Apple's App Store. This means that
no vendor can distribute any software without Apple checking it
first for malware and/or
performance a fairly costly process, about $800
for a developer's license (last time
Aside from downloading files from the
internet or from a
service like Dropbox to
an iPod, iPhone or iPad, there is no
access to the device storage other than using the iTunes program
for Mac and/or Windows.
With iTunes, you can
merely transfer multimedia to and
from the device.
As in the case of Android and probably
any other OS, there
are ways of rooting iPod, iPhone and iPad. Note that the
latter might be considered illegal.
On a side note, I never stop thinking and
processing information all
around me. As such, one of the
subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior,
not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence
I usually read, study and
write essays of my own. From
all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of
Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction
books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of
the masses, media, science and various technologies.
In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not
originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind
had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was
written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan
Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived
wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the
government controlled by "them" wants to keep
everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about
the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life
in Mars, the Thelian
society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet
difficult if you were different. For every good person,
like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The
Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for
gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At
the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger
9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop
"their" manipulation of history and mankind.
You can get Under the Thelian Sky
exclusively at Amazon available on print (ISBN
9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).
In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New
Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in
his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always
loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which
reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen
this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a
killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer
better than anyone else without realizing it.