Cisco ( has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the name change from iPhone OS to iOS during his Monday keynote at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. However, “IOS” (note the difference) has been Cisco’s core operating system name for nearly two decades. It’s network infrastructure software.

Cisco designs and sells consumer electronics, networking and communications technology and services. Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has more than 65,000 employees and annual revenue of US$36.11 billion as of 2009.