BlackBerry CEO Heins: Apple iPhone UI is old, shows lack of innovation
0. phoneArena 18 Mar 2013, 08:40 posted on
The gloves are off and BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is so convinced that BlackBerry is no longer the 98 pound weakling that he is going right after the Apple iPhone; in an interview with an Australian paper, Heins says that BlackBerry Z10 buyers are leaving other platforms for the BlackBerry 10 device, including iOS, which he pointed out, is five years old...
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1. nobelset (Posts: 244; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Respects to you, Mr. Heins. This couldn't be more true.
17. LonghornTech (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
You know iOS' UI is stale when you can pull out a 5 year old iPod touch and barely tell the difference. About time someone calls Apple out, wish consumers would realize the same thing.
23. loyals (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
lets hope they release new UI in next big update. then even 4 year old iphone4 will be having new UI then. thats one good thing about apple, givin timely updates !!
25. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Stale UI on an outdated app launcher... What OS? Instead of iOS, call it iAL.
37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2439; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Right, this is coming from a company that has been losing market share for years and tried to produce their own iPhone killer that was DOA.
38. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2439; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I can't believe people are actually buying this.
4. myboyblu (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
Its funny to me that BlackBerry of all is saying anyone is lacking inovation. it has only taen them a couple of years to almost catch up. Good job on z10... but is it too little to late? 4.whatever little screen, 8MP camera (sooo last year), dual core processor...realy?!?
Prime example of pot calling the kettle black.
26. phonemirer (Posts: 110; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
its the only one phone os that has QNX as its kernel, also the correct ppi for a phone
5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Mr Heins, you've earned our respect, you are the best!
7. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
The rate of True Innovation was pretty high before the iOS I very strongly belive. Apple with iOS stopped that and cause really greater damage over all just for sake of filling their bank accounts to over-load.
Luckily the pace is setting back, although not as good as it could be if either Apple did something real to the industry than feeding sugar-coated products or if they let the real players take it up.
I am very well aware of how many of the users will not like what I am writing but just because they don't know doesn't mean it is not there.
9. zeropants (Posts: 21; Member since: 31 May 2012)
It's true for the most part, they haven't done anything new for a while. However, I don't think the best source is the representative of a company that hadn't changed their fundamental device design for about a decade.
I just used my upgrade on an iPhone 5 because I am not a fan of the growing screen sizes Android is pushing. If they could have put out a 4.3" phone with the specs and care of an HTC One or even the SIII it might have changed my mind. I just don't want a 5" screen in my pocket. Admittedly, they are superior hardware at least as far as the specs are concerned, and the HTC One is at least on par with the iPhone for build quality.
10. quakan (Posts: 990; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
Blackberry FINALLY gets with the times and now they feel like they can speak up about someone's UI being old.
12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5170; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Aint this a... even black berry ceo says ios is old & out dated. This guy is right too next too mr. woz
13. uchihakurtz (Posts: 128; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
To Apple: Apply cold water to burnt area
14. Bernoulli (Posts: 1177; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Dang that's nice, a company that respects others and suggests innovation, I shall get one of these beauties, let's all support BlackBerry! Break the sheep! :)
15. kushki (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
True. However BB10 UI is not unique at all.... Jolla/Meego, Android, WebOS all fuzed together makes BB10
24. Xtasy (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
Which is the exact reason that makes it so unique lol including the intelligent UI that no OS has at the time
16. taikucing (Posts: 581; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
lol... so true. Even Wozniak himself said that iPhone is behind on smartphone features.
18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'd go with a different analogy than the 98lb weakling Alan. The situation is closer to an MVP athlete who lost focus and got himself injured. A second stringer gets put in and does remarkably well... has a winning season, wins the big game even.
However, once the star athlete has recovered and refocused, he's going to want his spot back.
19. rusticguy (Posts: 2699; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Aaah now i see the real meaning of
"There's iPhone (where iOS never updated) and there's everything else" (where everything's moving so fast that Apple doesn't even get time to plan anything ... last time they tried to speed up they goofed up -- in form of "Dangerous" Maps!!!)
20. archangel9 (Posts: 226; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
SO TRUE!Apple is basically having their a$$e$ handed to them by Android and Samsung but true facts echo from BlackBerry and Mr.Heins.Coming from BB myself this couldn't more true but I respect the fact that Apple has 6 years ago redefined the smartphone movement with their UI TIL 2008 when the Google G1 and Android came on the scene. Because of Apple's arrogance,they felt it no need to change and Steve Jobs knows that. As for BB,the old guard refused to conform and BB was near extinction but now rescued by the new guard that will put them back in the game.
21. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
haha...nice research BB CEO. you got the truth
22. shamataa (Posts: 197; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Cool so that means everyone in the entire world agrees and Apple needs to do something and fast but i have my doubts.This is so true.
28. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Apple's OS might be outdated, but blackberry's hardware is already very outdated as well.
29. TheMan (Posts: 317; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
He's stating the obvious. Was he wearing a robe? Because he sure sounds like Arthur Dent.
(Name that literary reference!)
32. apiskula (Posts: 330; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Thorsten I cannot stand you. Your product will not make a comback and is pure trash. I would never want to purchase your garbage operating system, old phones, and terrible app store. Your company will eventually fail and blackberry will RIP finally!
33. JunitoNH (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Dear Mr. Heins:
Your statement may be true, to a degree, but wrap your head around this. Since October of the previous year, our company has had $121.3 Billions "in cash", how much does RIM, I mean BB has in assets, never mind the cash? The iPad mini was a success, and the iPad, is the best selling tablet of all times, by the way how are those playbook doing?
By the way, did you know the iPhone 5 line, has sold more than 27.4 million worldwide? Anyway, continuous success to you and RIM, I mean the "new" and improved BB.
34. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
i tot i was the only person who noticed iphone UI hardly has a diff. nicely said
35. bluescreen (Posts: 138; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
ok let me ask this....what good is it being able to do 3 things at the same time if u dont have the hardware in your phone to support what you want to do.....moldy berry should put better hardware in their phones first before they go talking about how old another companies UI is.....i dont like apple just making a point
39. 9thWonderful (Posts: 227; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
its kind of comical to see someone emerge out of irrelevancy to throw shots at a company, in spite of a 5 year old UI, has remained relevant. android lovers co-sign b/c of their own envious reasons. the Z10 UI seems like a conglomerate of the current top 3 (WP8, iOS, Android) instead of a fresh baked software. there's only one innovative feature related to BBM that i can say no one else has done. let's not mention the major flop the Playbook was. Apple usually falls behind the trend of technology, but Blackberry isn't even on the grid & hasn't been for awhile now so don't think this is a company that can make a statement against Apple's technological status. leave these kinds of statements for the big boys Blackberry...you're future is still unclear at this point.
40. garz_pa (Posts: 146; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Give innovation some rest people. You guys in a hurry??
41. AlMal (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Not sure about the innovations, but Apples marketing is far better. Everyone is talking about iphones, not blackberrys.