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iOS 7 kneejerk review: adopting the best of the competition, and that's okay

0. phoneArena 10 Jun 2013, 16:15 posted on

Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: we absolutely love the look of iOS 7. It may just be that iOS finally looks markedly different from how it has been for the past 5 years, it may be that Apple has finally left behind the hideous skeuomorphism techniques, or it may just be that it reminds us of a mashup between Windows Phone and Google Now. Whatever the reason, we think Apple has done a solid great job of adopting the best of the competition to make something decidedly Apple...

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:01

90. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:29 4

97. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Sounds like an apologist to me. Say and write whatever you need to state to make you sleep good at night. But this is total stealing and copying. There's no innovation here. Just plain theft.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:31 2

98. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)

Apple made a great product no doubt. But they shouldn't shamelessly call it "innovation" then act as if no other product does or have it.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:46 3

112. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Wow, you must think you totally owned him, right?

So, tell me, do you really think Android was "inspired" solely and entirely by iOS? Early Android versions looked more like and improved mix of Windows Mobile 6.5 and Symbian if you ask me.

Guess this won't matter to you, but that's fine.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:51

114. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

I appreciate your contribution to this comments board. Really informative, not to mention mature.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:57

115. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Ha, look who's talking.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 23:19 4

118. forzanetti (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

Michael, I think it's kinda hard for people just to "forgive" Apple's hypocrisy when talking about iOS. I myself am a diehard Android fans. Looking at iOS7, I have to admit that it looks stunning. But one of the first things to come to my mind is the word "lawsuit". For the past 2 years, we've seen and read tons of news and articles regarding Apple's lawsuit, so I can't help it that it came to my mind the moment I saw that quicksetting toggles and multitasking.

What bugs me the most is that Apple is suing Samsung over something as trivial as bounceback feature (which is actually just an effect, with no functionality at all), and now here they are presenting quicksetting toggles proudly.

You can say that iOS7 is beautiful, most people will agree with that. But please don't say that it's okay for Apple to copy from other OS. It's okay for Symbian, WeOS, Android, WP, or BB10 to copy from each other because they are not suing each other. Apple started the patent war, which makes it NOT okay for them to copy from other OS.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 03:26 4

127. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

I don't understand why apple sued Samsung / Android for rubber banding effect ?!*%

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 05:22 4

130. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

Man you just took the words right out of my mouth .....Couldn't have expressed it better .....

Apple started this Lawsuit War & they should not have copied frm others...This is what makes People of other OS MAD !!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 06:50 2

131. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


posted on 11 Jun 2013, 06:56 1

132. rcl4444 (Posts: 40; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)

It's been well argued and shown that Apple didn't really even innovate even with the first iPhone. Sure, they took a lot that already existed and many features found in different platforms (mobile and PC), prettied them up, wrapped them all together in a easy to use touch interface and brought it to the masses in an easily palatable & desirable form.

So it can be called a from of innovation...or maybe opportunism. Still, they deserve credit for changing the face of mobility forever. LG, Samsung, Nokia and Windows may all have playing with touch phones before iPhone, but they were getting little traction. iPhone changed that - copy or not.

Like many here I hate Apple's hypocrisy around claims of innovation and originality...and MichaelHeller by saying it's OK to copy by extension you invited the discussion of Apple's lawsuits.
However can't say I recall Apple using the word innovation at all in the keynote in reference to any of these changes...or when they implied it they always qualified that it was a first for iPhone, not a first for all phones.

And for the record, I'm not an Apple fan nor ever owned an Apple product - just calling it as I see it.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 09:58 1

135. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

@MichaelHeller I can appreciate what you're trying to do here in defending Apple against all the android fans like myself, there's nothing wrong with that. But I feel like you're telling us what to think way too much. Should people be bringing up Apple's ridiculous lawsuits in this article, maybe not. But replying to all of these comments telling the user what to think and that there opinion is not the right one is not really necessary, and it's kind of annoying. I understand what you're trying to do in defending Apple to keep the peace, but it's getting to be a little too much I think.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 10:54

136. LumiaLover (Posts: 180; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

go amiaq go...de-pip that Apple!!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:08

139. techaman (unregistered)

android did none of that the guys wanted a os to go on top of any system use whats there to make it better and faster, iphone copied all other phones and tweeked a few things and gave it a metal back and said owwww wow look at this.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:09

140. techaman (unregistered)

i loved my web os palm it was just slow and had no marketing and dev's behind it. the swipe up and other things where amazing.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:13 1

141. techaman (unregistered)

your right i mean look at the name iphone was in brazil on a phone before the iphone came out and what happened lawyers and money and courts pushed it to a small corner

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:18

142. techaman (unregistered)

CANT WAIT TO HEAR WHAT THE SAY ABOUT THE IWATCH THAT EVERYONE IS ALSO MAKING AND SOME HAVE ALREADY PUT OUT. i see many of these in japan stores tv watch phone watch app watch and others.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:20 5

3. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)

Can't wait! I Finally have no reason to jailbreak :)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 18:41

72. darkkjedii (Posts: 23453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Man I'm all over this bro. Ios7 is tite

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 23:00 1

117. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Glad to see you happy, but... what if it stays the same for another 5 years?

Just saying, it might get old quite fast.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:21 1

4. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

Lol you bros sound mad

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:22 12

5. MartianMe (unregistered)

"And, everyone who is shouting on one side or the other about "copying" or whatever, just stop the argument right now. The argument is one of the silliest possible. As we've talked about time and time again, everything in life is built upon what came before it. If you look hard enough, nothing is original, and everything has been inspired by something else."" Michael H stop kissing as* to apple ..and while you're doing that...why not give the same advise to apple...since they think the world started with them..IDIOT!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:40 7

12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

OK, so I'm sure you came out and commented on our Google I/O article complaining about how Google didn't give credit to Xbox live when announcing Google Play Games Services, right?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:44

17. huzle19 (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

F outta here bro. everything in phone history was copied from the first iphone, they only took back what they borrowed. phone tech would hv been dumb if not for apple. All other companies grew from apple. no apple no android.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:49 14

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Oh please. The first iPhone was a mashup of smartphones of the day (Windows Mobile/BlackBerry) and the various PDAs that existed (mostly Windows CE). As stated, everything is built on what came before, including the iPhone.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:56 12

23. willard12 (Posts: 1921; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Is Google suing Microsoft over Xbox live continuously? If not, false equivalence.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:59 2

25. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

But but. I thougt it was all original?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:59 6

26. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2707; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Who was talking about lawsuits? This article has nothing to do with lawsuits, it's about features and the announcement of those features. No one has been sued over anything here yet. If that happens, bring up that argument then. Until then, it has no bearing on the conversation.

(See comment #15 for the original version of this same comment)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:14 2

39. g35_htown (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

wow! ignorance is bliss.... smh, sure hope that was sarcasm

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:14 5

40. willard12 (Posts: 1921; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Well, I guess we can choose to ignore the obvious. So as for iOS 7, Tim Cook once said that Apple can't be the innovators for the world. According to the article, he has achieved his goal and left that to task to MS, Pandora, and Google.

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