When comparing iOS vs Windows 10 Mobile / Windows Phone, the Slant community recommends iOS for most people. In the question“What is the best mobile operating system?” iOS is ranked 3rd while Windows 10 Mobile / Windows Phone is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose iOS is:
Apps must pass tighter [guidelines](https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/) to make it into the app store.
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Pro Great selection of high quality and polished apps
Apps must pass tighter guidelines to make it into the app store.
Pro Consistent performance
Unlike Android, iOS is developed to be used on similiar devices and both the hardware and iOS itself are developed by Apple. This means that they are highly adapted to work with each other. Even after the hardware becomes a little outdated, the performance still remains consistent and smooth on several iOS versions.
Pro Everything works very well out of the box
It's engineered to be designed. Design means choice. A collection of best options, components and programs chosen by highly experienced curators/designers/engineers are installed by default. No need to customize. It's best by default.
Pro Easy to learn to use
The iOS user interface is known by millions. It has mostly stayed the same throughout the years.
The main view is a simple grid menu which displays all the installed applications. On the bottom there is an app tray which displays the icons for the most used apps.
The iOS user interface is especially easy for users who want an easy experience and don't want to spend time learning on how to navigate through their phones. Everything is displayed right in the main view and it's easy to find. The fact that it has not changed, at least significantly in the past years has made it possible for it's most devoted users to keep upgrading their iOS devices without having any difficulty to adapt.
Pro Personal assistant called Siri
Siri is an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more.
Available in select cars, CarPlay is built primarily around the use of Siri voice commands and prompts, providing an "eyes-free" experience where you can respond to incoming calls, dictate text messages, or access your music library from a vehicle.
A trustworthy OS, secure for use with banking apps.
Pro Support for standard sync protocols
Out of the box support for caldav and carddav.
Pro Apps request permissions when needed
Instead of an app asking for all permissions it will need when installed, iOS apps request permission to access certain parts of user's data only when the current action requires it.
Pro Apple pay
Apple pay, an easy and secure payment option.
Pro Longtime support for older smartphones / tablets
Pro Runs smoothly on mimimalistic hardware
Pro Conveniently use a mobile device as full PC experience
Windows 10 Mobile comes with Continuum feature where users can use a phone/tablet as a full desktop PC experience when the device is connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse using a specific dock. The apps used on the Continuum will be the desktop version of the app which is keyboard and mouse friendly rather than smartphone app. This is currently available on selected devices such as Microsoft Lumia 950.
Pro VPN support
Pro Easy synchronization / continuity with Windows 10
Windows 10 Mobile now has the ability to synchronize notifications, calls and SMS to a Windows 10 PC, which allows for continuity between phone and desktop, eg: when a user dismiss's one of their notifications on the desktop, the notification will also be dismissed on their phone as well. In addition, a user can also have the ability to send SMS from their PC through Cortana or the Skype app as well as make a phone call through the Microsoft Phone app in Windows 10.
Pro Microsoft Office available on the device for free
Windows 10 Mobile / Windows Phone comes with Microsoft Office which is bundled by default inside the system. The newer version of Office uses a similar interface as the desktop counterpart. The usage of the Microsoft Office is free of charge.
Pro Personal assistant called Cortana
Cortana is the Windows Phone intelligent personal assistant.
Pro Support for interactive cases
Con Inconveninet price and hardware lock-in
iOS is only available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, in which these device may be more expensive than the competitors.
Con Not very customisable
Other operating systems like Android or Windows Phone (more or less), iOS isn't as customizable.
Con No file managing
Managing files and directories is not possible. Files are in fact attached to applications. It is an oversimplification that can be limiting.
Con Tied to Apple
No alternative software can be installed unless you keep your phone jailbroken (with the system outdated and probably with security issues).
Con Not a lot of apps available
Con Slow development
There was a two year gap between 8.1 and 10, the platform constantly gets rebooted (WinMobile to WinPhone 7 Series to WinPhone 8-8.1 to WinMobile 10) and good hardware is rare post-Nokia.
Con It's connected to Microsoft
Doomed to update, the fate of Windows. By association, you're pretty screwed.