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Understanding iOS vs. OS

Saturday, May 21st, 2016 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Quick Tips

A reader wrote in with this question. “I bought an app cam for use with IOS Vista. Found the App download on iTunes which I had to download to get for free.When I tried to download I was told it would not work for any IOS older than Win 7. I am using Vista. Is there a work-around?”


To quote a classic movie line, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”  I think you’ve mixed up the terms iOS and OS. OS is short for operating system. Windows is an OS. So is Android. Actually, iOS is also an OS. iOS is the operating system for mobile products manufactured by Apple such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. (That’s why it’s “i” OS).  So, you can’t have an iOS Windows 7. What you probably need is a device running iOS 7 or later. iOS 7 is a version of the Apple mobile operating system.

An iOS app will not work on a Windows PC. If you want to use a device with a Windows PC, you first need to make sure that it works with a PC and then with the particular version of Windows you’re running. Windows operating systems will be identified as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

~ Cynthia


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2 Responses to “Understanding iOS vs. OS”

  1. Doug says:

    OS Vista is older than OS Win 7. So, either way, you are being told it won’t work with you system. You can find the Manufacturers support site to check for a work around. Good luck

  2. Debbie Labone says:

    Thank you for that tip. That is very good to know.

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