The Nuances of an Operating System

Posted by ZUGU CASE on 25th Jan 2019

The Nuances of an Operating System

We all own at least one powerful electronic device: a laptop, desktop computer, iPhone, SmartWatch or iPad for example. Any computer and computer-like device has an operating system to run it. But how does these incredibly efficient machines and tools actually operate? Zugu Case, the maker of the best iPad cases, will explain the operating system (OS) below.

WHAT’S AN OPERATING SYSTEM?

In general, an operating system is just what it sounds like: the system that runs and manages both the hardware and software on a computer. Microsoft Windows and macOS are probably the most familiar to consumers. iOS is the designation Apple uses for its mobile devices.

WHAT DOES AN OPERATING SYSTEM DO?

  • Runs compatible software. Most software is designed to run with a particular operating system. These software programs cannot run with other operating systems than the ones they were designed for as, for simplicity sake, they don’t speak the same language. All software you’ll purchase will say which operating system its compatible with.

32-BIT OR 64-BIT?

All operating systems are either 32-bit or 64-bit. This signifies the type of central processing unit you have. The central processing unit (CPU) is the part of the computer that is responsible for interpreting and executing most of the commands from the computer's other hardware and software. As can probably be determined by the numbers, 64-bit is better. The bits refer to how your operating system utilize data: in 32-bit pieces with a 32-bit system, or 64-bit systems, which utilize data in 64-bit pieces. In general, the more data that can be processed at once, the faster the system can operate.

As can be expected, most new processors today are based on the 64-bit architecture and support 64-bit operating systems. These new processors are also fully compatible with 32-bit operating systems. However, the opposite is not true all the time: the 32-bit is not always compatible with 64-bit.

WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM IS YOUR IPAD?

Because iPads are all made by Apple, you at least know you’re dealing with an Apple operating system. Apple has many operating systems with its iPads, all based on what was out when the iPad was released. The newest 2018 iPad Pro models are iOS 12. In general, the newer iPads will run software compatible and/or made for all the older versions of Apple’s operating system. However, the converse is not true: older iPads cannot run the newer version of Apple’s operating systems.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM MY IPAD USES?

In general, all operating systems of your iPad model are sufficient for everyday use. The newer ones are faster and can run newer apps and video games that require a powerful processor and memory capacity. Basically, only if you intend to play video games heavy with graphics or stream movies and videos on your iPad a lot does it matter. One caveat: do pay attention when buying software; this is where the operating system on your iPad matters most.

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