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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, 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: 2705; 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, 16:59 2

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


But but. I thougt it was all original?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 18:18

65. flamencoguy (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


The IBM Simon is credited to be the first smartphone.
Sure it was bulky. Motorola invented the first cellular or mobile phone. PDAs like the Palm Pilot / Dell Axim were also incremental improvements or advances over Organizers that stored contacts, calendar, notes and other functions. Everything is based on one of these inventions. It is now just a computer in a small package.

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

42. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Wow, huzle19. Clearly, you don't know anything about the history of phones.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 11:01

137. LumiaLover (Posts: 162; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


I agree...this is a pointless argument. Who made the first TV? Who made the first hoover? If we were only ever allowed to buy these products from the original designer, the world would be a very boring place and a very expensive one. If you raise a patent on a new design, you only get exclusivity on that design for a set period, so what does it matter who did what when? At the end of the day, all this does is make all of the various OS more compelling and give better features across all platforms. What is so bad about that? I just wish that BB10 could be more successful, because I think that this also has some excellent features.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 18:42 2

73. darkkjedii (Posts: 22054; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


In regards to #12. You sir just got owned.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:27 11

6. ama3654 (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


"AirDrop overall looks to be a pretty interesting new feature for iOS 7, because it has taken the problem of sharing easily with those near you and removed the need to physically bump phones together, as with the NFC equipped Androids like the newer Samsung Galaxy devices"

Its called GROUP PLAY on the Samsung devices!, bumping is just another option, and Group play goes further to allow gaming, music, documents and of course pictures. Get the facts right please.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:31 1

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Sorry, forgot about that. I've added it into the article. Thanks!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:51 5

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


Oh, right, and there's never been such thing as Bluetooth file transfers either, right?

Apple is so revolutionary, and PhoneArena is so unbiased!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:33 20

11. tedkord (Posts: 12228; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Michael, I agree there is nothing wrong with Apple "borrowing" from Android or WP. But it is hypocritical of them to do so considering their attitude to others borrowing from them.

Best quote today: iOS got TouchWIZzed.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:42 1

13. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Micheal, what kind of multitasking is ios7 using?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:42 18

14. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Innovation my ass! Copy cats! What a joke!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:43 3

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Can you name a company that has never "copied" features from others?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:29 8

46. flamencoguy (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


Does it matter? Apple says other companies copy and sues. "slide to unlock", "scroll bounce" or "pinch to zoom" ! They claim that they innovate.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:33 5

48. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Micheal H ,Why are you defending a multi billion dollar Company?
The reason they copy these features is so more people will buy their phone and so they can make more money. (Yes, no s**t sherlock, every company does this)
Personally i think its unethical cherry picking from others work

Seriously man, get a grip!

Regards, Ruisleipä

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:54 2

54. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


"Cherry picking from others" is how everything gets created. That's why we have the word "inspired" All of the music you love, the movies, the TV, the books, and even the devices and software you love have all been inspired by something. Calling it "cherry picking" is just silly and ignores reality.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 01:02 1

126. rocketlog (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


I guess what's grinding everyone's gears is how Apple has strongly "discouraged" "cherry-picking" of even the smallest and most useless things from their own ideas. Like the rounded corners. Compared to what it's copying now, those rounded corners seem like a grain of sand.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 04:06

128. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


I agree that the so-called "Cherry picking" is the key to evolution, and everything great, but i don't know why you Think it ignores reality.

Everyone does this , but apple in particular seems to do this way to often and when someone copy from them its the end of the world.

I've made my Point, but you still didn't answer my question, why are you defending apple?

Regards , Ruisleipä

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:51 12

20. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Mr. Heller please give it up ....you seem pretty defensive today..... I bet your the one who took away the red thumb cause you knew people would down thumb the hell out of you.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:00 3

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Oh wow, I was wondering about that. I didn't even realize the red thumb was gone until now, I just thought people were being oddly nice for once. That's awesome!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:13 6

37. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Sir, you work for PA I seriously doubt you didn't know about the red thumbs ..or you just being a smarta$$?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:55 2

55. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not being a smartass. They didn't send around a memo or anything, so I genuinely didn't know it was gone until now. I'm happy to see it go though. It was a nuisance.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:56

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


well, I certainly am not. Keeping people from expressing themselves, be it in a positive or negative way, is like "ignoring reality" to me.

Too much offtopic for now.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:48 1

113. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Have you seen the comments here? Not having a thumbs down doesn't stop people from expressing themselves at all

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 23:35

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


Yeah, instead of thumbing down, we get more comments that before. If that was the original goal, well, it worked wonders.

Could "thumb ups" be removed too? I mean, people can and do abuse those too.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:55 16

22. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


your article has strong implications to not thrash apple, but how do you promote this when apple has a history of being a jerkface of a company

for example apple creates something new or thinks of something new or improves on an already established idea and copyrights or patents the idea before others. they go after companies that copy or manipulate or improve on something they copied and apple sues them? samsung is a perfect example

yet when apple copies from other os's you want us to remain silent. i want to curse you out dude. seriously how do you even justify your article.

the people who actually read the article from this site and other similar tech site knows that apple steals and often tries to cripple other manufacturers, os, up and coming tech companies, and even cripples service providers.

worst of all the money they earn from americans they put that money into their pockets and have no serious implications of helping our struggling economy.

apple represents an icon, a re-representation of what capitalism really is: greed.

so please don't bother telling us or suggesting or bold font what you think is important. we live in a somewhat free country and
we will continue to bash apple and its products. its really that simple

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:03

28. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


My article has implications that you should direct your anger where appropriate. If your issue is lawsuits, and bullying by Apple, then bring it up when that happens, because I'll be sure to join you at that time.

Since that hasn't happened with anything included in this article, how about we talk about the iOS 7 update, the announcements made today, and what it means for iOS users?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 21:53 2

103. belovedson (Posts: 998; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


there's really not much to mention about ios7 other than its a direct rip from other os's. im glad they are ripping off other os because ios 6 and below sucked especially for power users like myself..

instead of basing if anything apple should be touting how the great other os as a cleaner, better, and etc. they should applaud google and others for not copywriting or patenting new innovation.

if we were not in the know we could praise apple for telling the truth. but just about any user writing on these forums and google and windows users can clearly see a direct ripoff. worse yet apple will not be getting sued for their blatant acts.

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