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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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.
8. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Yes, it's funny how the company that sues for round corners just "borrowed" their entire OS from the companies it likes to sue. OEMs should be firing up their legal departments right about now.
67. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
just DIE you arrogant Apple!! you deserve to go down in painful slow death.
19. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 540; Member since: 07 May 2012)
and then call it innovation, innovation is bringing something new to the table! apple did that with the first iphone,after that they began borrowing or in plain terms "Stealing",apple still makes good products but they need to innovate!!!
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.
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.
49. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
"adopting the best of the competition, and that's okay."
Reaaaalllly? So why is Apple so far up Samsung's butt with lawsuits?
People can say Samsung stole ideas from Apple but when Apple steals from others, it's "borrowing" and okay to do?
53. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not talking about lawsuits. Just talking about iOS 7.
58. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
But how can you talk about anything Apple related and not talk about lawsuits? They sue everyone who is competition with claims of stealing or as you say, borrowing. Yet it's okay for them to steal...er...borrow?
75. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I did but that doesn't change the fact that Apple is being hypocrites here and I certainly will not praise them for doing what others have done and go sue the crap out of the same companies that they stole from.
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.
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 !!
62. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
I really hope that Apple will not suing other company due to these changes...:)
3. itreday (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Can't wait! I Finally have no reason to jailbreak :)
72. darkkjedii (Posts: 21700; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Man I'm all over this bro. Ios7 is tite
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.
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!!
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; 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?
23. willard12 (Posts: 1706; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Is Google suing Microsoft over Xbox live continuously? If not, false equivalence.
26. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; 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)
40. willard12 (Posts: 1706; 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.
41. Whateverman (Posts: 3269; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Michael, PLEASE call a meeting to bring back thumbs down!!! I know there were far too many who abused it, but there are some who truely deserve one right about now.
I think a good way of controlling the trolls would be if we're allowed 5 or 10 thumbs down per day ONLY. Set up like how we're only allow to follow so many article as one time, but let the thumbs reset at midnight. I like that PA took action, but we can't let the trolls win!
63. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
You just wait and see...XD
92. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
It has every bearing on the conversation because Apple has sued over this exact same thing. While I totally agree about growth being good, when one company goes thermonuclear on another over this exact same thing, it CANNOT be ignored. Please acknowledge the gorilla in the room for once.