iOS is the mobile operating system that runs on Apple’s mobile devices, i.e. iPhones and iPads. It’s the main software that allows you to interact with your Apple phone or tablet.
iOS is the first thing you see when you power up your device, in the form of your phone or tablet’s lock screen and desktops (which are filled with shortcuts to your favourite apps). When you head into your iPhone or iPad's settings menu, that’s also controlled by the operating system. From here you can adjust the device’s hardware settings, toggling features such as Bluetooth and WiFi on and off, or adjusting the brightness of the screen.
Crucially, iOS also allows you to run any apps that you download from the App Store. While your apps are running, iOS does all the hard work, managing your iPhone or iPad's memory to ensure that the device runs smoothly.
You can download apps onto any iOS device from Apple’s App Store. Just tap the ‘App Store’ icon on your iPhone or iPad and then browse the store using the search function to find what you need. Some apps are free and some will cost you money, but this will be perfectly clear when you go to download an app.
To download any app that catches your eye, just tap the ‘GET’ button - or the button that displays a price if the app isn’t free. You’ll need to add credit to your Apple account if you don’t have enough funds already (you'll be prompted to do so when it comes time to pay).
The app should now automatically download to your iPhone or iPad’s storage and, when it's finished, an icon will appear on your device's desktops in an available space. You can open the app at any time with a tap of this icon.
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