20+ iOS Terms

iOS is one of the most popular operating systems in use today. The following blog post provides a list of terms that you should know if you are using iOS. This will help you understand what people are talking about when they mention these terms, and it will also give you an idea of how to find information on your own!

Common iOS terms

  • App Store: This is where users can download and purchase applications for their iOS devices easily. You will find many different categories including games, social media clients, business tools, etc. It’s important to note that not every app available in the App Store has been approved by Apple – some are created without any oversight from them at all! Be careful when choosing what type of app you want to install onto your iPhone or iPad as it could have malicious extensions embedded within it (e.g., malware).
  • Control Center: The control center can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of any screen in iOS. There you will find options for Wi-Fi settings, Bluetooth controls, Airplane Mode toggle buttons, media player functions (e.g., play/pause), volume adjustment sliders and more! You can also access emergency services here if need be which could come in handy when traveling abroad with friends who don’t speak English well 😉
  • Home Screen: When you start your iOS device, the first thing that appears on the screen is called a ‘Home Screen.’ The home screen contains all of the apps currently installed on your phone.
  • Home Button: One might also refer to the home button as a ’round, flat square’ – it is located at the bottom of your device. It’s important to note that this button only exists on iPhones and iPads but not on iPods or other Apple devices such as Macs.
  • Notification Center: This is where all of the notifications and alerts from your apps will appear. You can access it by swiping down from the top of any screen and you’ll be shown a list with every notification that has appeared on your device within the last 24 hours.
  • Multitasking: The iOS operating system allows for what is called ‘multitasking.’ What this really refers to, however, is just switching between different applications rather than actually multitasking as in running multiple programs at once (e.g., word processing software while also browsing online). You can switch back and forth using one finger or two fingers if you have an iPhone X model. A three-finger tap should do the trick!
  • AirDrop: This is a type of file sharing that allows you to transfer files between devices. You need to have both the sender and receiver on the same Wi-Fi network, but then it works just like Bluetooth!
  • Animoji: These are animated emojis which mimic your facial expressions in real time – they can be used for iMessage conversations or FaceTime video calls with friends so make sure to check this out if you haven’t seen them yet 😉
  • Apple Pay: This is Apple’s payment system where users can purchase items online from their phone or at an actual store by tapping their iPhone or iPad against a merchant’s scanner (to pay in these cases). The cool thing about Apple Pay is that it uses NFC technology which means there isn’t any need to put in a PIN or sign your name on the sales receipt – it’s all done automatically!
  • CarPlay: This is Apple’s system for driving where you can use your iPhone (or even an iPad Pro) as a dashboard-mounted display. CarPlay will show maps, music playback information and more so that you don’t have to take up valuable space with additional equipment inside of your vehicle.
  • Do Not Disturb: The Do Not Disturb setting allows users to limit interruptions when they are sleeping, working or busy doing something else by turning off notifications from apps such as email clients and social media sites like Instagram & Snapchat. You can set this mode at different intervals ranging from 15 minutes through 12 hours which should be appropriate depending on the type of work you are doing.
  • Face ID: This is Apple’s new facial recognition system which allows users to unlock their phone without having to enter a passcode – it uses ‘TrueDepth’ technology and multiple sensors for increased security, so your device won’t be unlocked by anyone who looks similar (e.g., another family member). You can also use FaceID on other devices apart from just iPhones such as iPads!
  • Facial Recognition Software: The term ‘facial recognition software’ refers to any computer program that recognizes human faces in images or videos based off of either stored data or image capture at time of scanning. Facial recognition systems have arisen as a way for law enforcement officials to identify people involved in criminal activity, and they are also being increasingly used on social media to identify people in pictures.
  • Facetime: This is Apple’s video chat software application which allows users to make voice or video calls with other iPhone or iPad owners. It can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen and clicking on the icon that looks like a telephone receiver – it will automatically ask you if you want to call an existing contact (from Favorites) or start a new one (by entering their name).
  • HealthKit: Healthkit is another component of iOS, this time for health-related information such as weight, blood pressure, heart rate etc. Interestingly enough though, there aren’t any built-in apps for viewing all these data points at once – instead, users have to open each individual app which can be time-consuming.
  • iCloud: iCloud is Apple’s storage service for photos and videos that you want to store in the cloud (online). This makes it easy to access your media from various devices including iPhone/iPad, Mac computer or even a Windows PC!
  • iMessage: iMessage is Apple’s default SMS application as well as an instant messenger program where messages are synced between all of your different devices so they are always up to date with one another. iMessage allows sending text messages but also includes advanced features such as attaching deep links which will take friends directly into third party applications like YouTube, Instagram etc. As long as both parties use iOS then there should be no issues.
  • Low Power Mode: This is a feature on iOS that allows your battery to last longer by reducing the time between scans for email, background data and other similar tasks. When you activate Low Power Mode, it limits these activities automatically so that they don’t consume as much power while still allowing important things like phone calls or notifications from apps such as iMessage etc. There is also an option to reduce screen brightness (but not turn off) which can help increase battery life even more!
  • Siri: Siri is Apple’s voice assistant which can be accessed by pressing the home button twice (for devices running iOS11) or simply double-tapping either side of the screen when it appears. Some features that Siri comes with include converting units such as miles into kilometers, providing information about sports teams and webpages etc., find out how much gas costs at nearby stations and even remind users what they need to bring when going somewhere – all these just by using one simple vocal command!
  • Split View: Split view is an iOS feature that allows you to open two apps at the same time. For example, it can be used while reading a webpage or PDF document in Safari and comparing prices from different online stores without having to close your browser page first. It also works well for social media where users may want to post on Instagram but also keep up with their Twitter feed simultaneously – all by using split-view mode which saves valuable time when multitasking! This features is on iPadOs only.
  • Screen Time (also called Screen Usage): This is Apple’s integral part of its operating system, allowing users to monitor how much time has been spent on particular applications as well as checking out what types of content were viewed during these periods. There are three sections within Screen Time: Usage, Notifications & App Limits. It is a great way to track how much time has been spent on social media for instance and it also allows users to set limits – telling the device that no more than an allotted number of minutes can be used in any particular day or week etc.
  • Reading List: Reading list acts like an Evernote for books, allowing users to compile all their favorite reads in one convenient place – without having to scroll through pages and pages on Amazon or Goodreads etc. This saves time (and also money!) because readers don’t have to worry about remembering what they’ve read before buying another book afterwards!
  • Safari: Safari is Apple’s web browser application used for viewing websites such as Facebook, YouTube etc., but it also has many other useful features. One of them is the ability to view multiple tabs at one time, which can come in handy when someone needs to compare prices on different items from various retailers for example – all without having to close one tab and open another!
  • Touch ID: Touch ID is Apple’s fingerprint recognition security system that allows users to log into their devices with just a touch of their finger (as opposed to entering passwords etc.). It provides protection against unauthorized access or malicious programs by allowing only authorized individuals onto the device who have touched it before. This feature requires an additional purchase per device but it’s worth every penny because not only does your information stay safe but so do you as well!

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