Cisco licenses 'iOS' name to Apple

Apple announced that it was changing its iPhoneOS to iOS today, which makes sense now that it has three device families (and likely more soon) all using the iPhoneOS operating system.  We originally reported the change back in January.

But why does iOS sound familiar you may be asking yourself? Oh yeah, it is the OS that runs the Internet.   Cisco’s routers have been running IOS for two decades. Luckily, Apple and Cisco trademark attorneys have a long relationship, as they hammered out the ‘iPhone’ trademark dispute just three years ago.  Today, Cisco announced via Blog that they had licensed the iOS name to Apple for use and their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Operating System.  They said in a statement:

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