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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76. jasonstemm (Posts: 7; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
The truth is...without Steve Jobs, Apple would probably be out of business (a long time ago). Steve Jobs saved Apple and brought it back to prominence, now that he is dead, the old issues will creep back in and Apple will make their journey back to obscerity. Steve was an innovator, but without him, Apple will slowly go back to playing 2nd fiddle.
77. jellmoo (Posts: 967; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Honestly, this needs to be observed in two separate articles:
1) It's is perfectly viable to argue about Apple's past habit of litigation and intimidation. There is plenty of room to analyze how Apple cherry picks features, but gets litigious when others do the same. That being said...
2) We also have to analyze the value present of iOS 7. What it brings, how it's designed, the new features, everything that is of interest to those that visit tech blogs like this. That is a separate topic. I was really impressed with what Apple put out today. Sure they cherry picked features, but I can also see how Apple improved on some of them, and can out with some really cool items.
83. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
How long before Apple patents "flat design"?
86. MyLifeOnline (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
Actually that ambiance feature was taken from Sailfish OS if we want to get technical...
87. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
A long overdue update. It looks OK, but still Ho Hum. Still no widgets. At least they finally included multi tasking.
It sure looks like Tim Cook doesn't have the Jobs mojo.
88. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
''If you look hard enough, nothing is original, and everything has been inspired by something else.'' wait apple sued a law suit against samsung on the same principle
91. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I like iOS 7 only because it has taken features from other mobile operating systems and tweaked them to fit current iOS. That being said I'm really disappointed in how Apple can sue Samsung on bouncy effects and the shape of a tablet while iOS 7 was being developed. It's really distasteful and I loss a whole look of respect for Apple today. Not one original idea today. Even that 3d gyro effect background is a Android live wallpaper (http://www.droid-life.com/2013/06/10/3d-image-live-wallpaper-for-android-takes-the-mystery-out-of-ioss-new-parallax-effect/)
If Apple comes out and drops all these silly lawsuits and call truce they might gain a little respect from me. But I still will not buy a 4" iPhone.
94. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Has apple been insipred by other companies when including features on IOS 7? yea it sure has. Do I care? yes. why? because it makes phones better. When apple copies, when google copies, when microsoft copies, or whoever copies it makes technology better.
The only type of copying i'm not really ok with is when there is literally zero difference or a company is trying to "steal" brand identity. As long as it is different enough to separate itself and become easily distinguishable i'm ok with it.
Since this has been so popular of a topic on this article I will address it aka: lawsuits.
Has apple been overzealous on lawsuits? YES. Is this a reflection on apple? yep. Is this also a reflection on society? YES. Has apple had some legitimate beefs? I think so. Apple has been a trendsetter in the industry and I have no problem with other companies following suit. HTC and Motorola have done an excellent job establishing their own identity while taking what Apple has down and building upon it. So has google with the Android ecosystem. Recently samsung has made unique devices and they have really established a unique brand identity. However the SGS1 clearly infringed on the apple identity as it was trying to play off apple's and those lawsuits were legitimate. I feel like apple overreached on their lawsuits but I chalk alot of that up to Apple already being engaged in lawsuit might as well get the most out of it. Apple has been wrong in some of their court cases but you're never going to agree 100% of what a company does.
Anyway ios 7 looks great I'm going to miss skuepmorphism but I'm willing to change and am grateful as an iphone 4 user to get the update. It's a good day for apple and its users.
101. lumialove (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Glad Apple copied locksreen from Windows Phone.
106. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
A kick in the guts for google and a step in the right direction for Bing.
122. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
and than apple fanboys come back to google no matter how much so called innovation apple puts in their platform
148. dimil1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
I have stopped using Google. I don't need it!
124. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
owned?? are you kidding me?
i know that apple has learnt from the mistakes they made in the past and ios 7 looks good but at the same time its still miles behind form android..
116. rocketlog (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
I guess I see Michael H.'s point here.
While I do not approve of Apple's hypocisy on the matter, I also think that the alternative is worse. Improvement is better than no improvement. The choice to sue Apple should be left to the people who are having their ideas copied. And to the courts to decide who to penalize.
I like seeing improvement, even if it's on stuff I don't really use... like iOS. And I really think that iOS 7 is an improvement over iOS 6. Copying or no copying, I doubt any one here would say it's not. I wouldn't call it innovation but it's an improvement, nonetheless.
Having said that, I do hope that this would start a change in Apple's stand point on the patent wars. More legal expenses ultimately translates to more expensive products, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who hates that.
120. steelicon (Posts: 316; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
Ideas can be copied. If you're not comfortable with it, then sue. Otherwise just shut up. Simple. :-)
123. billyblonco (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
It looks to me like apple has just gave google the innovation crown and got right in line behind them with this Ios 7 release. Nothing is new, Apple did just enough to stay relevant. Now it's up to google and android to take us to the next level because Apple is not capable.
125. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
wait for KLP to be released,that will defiantly make ios its B*tch again
133. Ninetysix (Posts: 1967; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
How long will it take for KLP to reach 5% market share?....LOL
145. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
dude this time klp will cover more than 10% in no time since google edition smartphones are coming out and plus there are like 5 nexus devices which will get it on the release day
129. Jayzee (Posts: 22; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)
If you really want an OS with a Simplistic UI w/ flat icons. Go with windows phone or If you want more features go with android. Apple is copying the look of Windows Phone and copying the functions of android.
134. jimjam (Posts: 253; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
The problem I have is that they distinctly went towards what others have already done on the market when they have better solutions available already. Take multi-tasking. Why borrow heavily from webos, htc etc when you could have produced an expose like multi tasking option like you get on mac os? Or why swipe up to unlock like wp8 when all ios users are generally content with the iconic slide to unlock bar?
I personally would like to see apple bringing out new ideas.
138. selena1000 (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
i like ios 7 and i think its gonna be a huge hit!!!
143. google8374 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)
udid activation for ios7 is only 5$ at etsy.com/listing/153786325/udid-activation
i got mine within 15 min
144. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
I'm sorry, but the BIGGEST feature of the operating system update is a SKIN!
Personally, when I think about the iOS experience becoming stale, it's the interface, not how it looks. How difficult would it have been anyway to say "The heck with it! Ive, make us some standard icons, and we'll just open it up to allow users to change the icons."
(As somewhat mentioned in the article "10 Things We'd Like to See Introduced to IOS 7.")
Changing icons doesn't increase memory or cpu load that I'm aware of. Focusing all of this effort on just the frickin' icons?! They could've spent that time, I don't know, inno-frickin'-vating something that hasn't been done before!
Seriously, if all you're going to do is try to make an OS skin seem like a game changing event, don't have a WWDC. Release a video on YouTube. You can actually make money off the ads when people watch the video.
And the Apple fanboys really took off proclaiming Android is dead, BECAUSE OF A SKIN!!!
147. dimil1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
I think this is the best OS around. Looking forward for it!
149. uterming (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I've had the iOS 7 beta for a few weeks now and I'd like to explain some of the reasons I really hate it.
I'll agree that the skeuomorphic design used in previous iOS versions was cheesy in apps like Game Center and Notes. But the total abandonment of skeuomorphic design in iOS 7 is so drastic that it affects usability with a lack of clear distinction between active objects and ordinary text. Calendar is probably the best example of a useful handheld app that is now difficult to use because of poor interface design.
I also think iOS 7 has botched Apples obvious lead to blur the line between desktop and handheld devices; which began with the release of iOS 4.3 for the phone and OS X v10.7 Lion for the desktop. Microsoft was way behind on this idea with their release of Windows 8 Live Tiles.
Apple was approaching the cross platform usability from both directions with a more touch friendly desktop OS and application of touch devices like the Apple Magic Trackpad and the Apple Magic Mouse.
In one giant leap backward, iOS 7 throws all of this out with a departure from usability and consistency across devices.