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Apple iPhone X unveiling shows us that BlackBerry 10 was ahead of its time

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Apple iPhone X unveiling shows us that BlackBerry 10 was ahead of its time
Yesterday, when Apple showed off some of the gestures that Apple iPhone X users will be doing in order to get back to the home screen, or to multitask, it might have brought back some memories for those of you who used to use, or still use, BlackBerry 10. That's right folks, the same swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X screen that takes you back home at any time, is used to take you back home on the BlackBerry Passport!

Like the Apple iPhone X, the BlackBerry 10 models did not have a home button, which forced BlackBerry to come up with gestures to replace the functions that would have been handled by a press on the home button.

A number of tweets disseminated after the event took jabs at Apple, including one that read, "So #iPhoneX with no home button can do now what #BB10 did few years ago, swipe up to go home!" Another tweet praised BlackBerry for being ahead of its time. Apple also introduced a tap to wake feature on iPhone X, which is something that has been available on certain Android phones for some time.

Check out the two videos in the video slideshow below to see the introduction of tap to wake on the iPhone X, and the swipe up to go home gesture. The second video shows how BlackBerry 10 had that gesture first. In fact, the video was posted to YouTube in February 2013.

We should also mention that 2009's webOS, used on the Palm Pre, was a gesture centric OS. Flicking a "card" of an active open app off the screen to close it is a gesture still in use today by both iOS and Android. And the Nokia N9, launched in September 2011, was powered by MeeGo. The latter was another gesture based


source: AppleInternational, BlackBerryHelp via CrackBerry

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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:20 24

1. Bfrenz (Posts: 211; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Atleast someone speaks the truth here.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:33 26

7. STRANG3R (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)


They forget nokia N9

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:34 17

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


With MeeGo. Awesome Nokia device.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:50 19

15. karbel400024 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2017)


Yes. Nokia N9 with MeeGo, was a buttonless device with similar gestures. That was more than 6 years back.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:53 20

18. monoke (Posts: 774; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


N9 meego did both swipe gestures and double tap wake and gets no mention. Sad. Of course, we can't forget Web OS, which did it around the same time too, long before Bb OS10. These editors get their info from random tweets I see! Lol.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 00:00 9

21. trojan_horse (Posts: 5309; Member since: 06 May 2016)


"These editors get their info from random tweets I see! Lol."

LMAO.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 00:05 10

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's true, Nokia with MeeGo and Palm with WebOS before them started with the gestures, and BlackBerry with BB10 added to it. The pioneers of this industry truly innovated.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 03:45 5

41. tedkord (Posts: 14690; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Please, will somebody resurrect WebOS and put it on phones? It died prematurely because Palm paired it with crap hardware. But man, was it sweet.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 04:04 1

45. Leo_MC (Posts: 2972; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


If you believe in WebOS, do it yourself; get a loan, get investors and bring it back.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 04:54 1

47. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


He's right though. WebOS was awesome, but it was on really crappy hardware. It made the Priv look like a buttery smooth phone.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 05:17 1

50. Leo_MC (Posts: 2972; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


WebOS and Palm were killed by the market (or they were ahead of their time) and the market is always right.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 07:24 5

55. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


WebOS was smoother than your deities OS, that's for sure.

posted on 4 days ago, 02:02

68. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Better than BB10, which has forgotten. Looks like you were triggered by the truth.

posted on 4 days ago, 02:39

74. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Clearly your deity Apple didn't forget about BB10. That's why they're emulating some of BB10's hardware and software features. Looks like you're even more triggered by the truth.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 09:41

62. ph00ny (Posts: 1554; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Kids at iphonearena are too young for that device

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 10:55

63. Bernoulli (Posts: 4338; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


But swipe up doesn't unlock the phone like bb10 does.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:40 5

12. audibot (Posts: 208; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


dont forget the palm pre swipe up to show cards"apps"

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:59 5

20. Greenmule (Posts: 76; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)


The truth is like the rain, it doesn't care who it falls on.

Maybe some Apple fans are beginning to realize they are wet.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 00:18 5

25. coolrx (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


Hey did anybody notice the 50$ price increase of the ipad pro 10.5 256GB? I was planning to buy the 256GB wifi version. It costs $749 while $649 for the 64GB version.

I wondered why Apple charged the iphone a $150 extra for the higher 256GB storage option when the iPad pro price is only $100 extra. Looked at apple's website and then poof, the iPad price also changed. The way of the Apple....

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:24 14

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Wow. I've been saying this since forever, but the trolls and haters here just refused to see it, and all they could talk about is the lack of apps. App gap aside, BlackBerry 10 is still a phenomenal, feature packed OS, and even Apple thinks so, and that's why it's "borrowing" features from BlackBerry 10.

Waiting for the incoming barrage of comments from certain iOS fanboys that are triggered by the truth.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:32 14

5. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 677; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


If Apple was able to file a lawsuit against Samsung for swipe to unlock, can BlackBerry now file one against Apple?

Obviously Apple has no problem taking ideas from others, but on the rare occasion they have one of their own they fight to prevent others from copying them.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 23:35 12

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, I'd actually love to see that, just to see Apple get a taste of its own medicine.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 00:16 2

24. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Well blackberry loves to sue since they don't have the capability to get revenue elsewhere, but lol no.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 00:44 18

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And as you can see, here is the first of the triggered iOS fanboys, right on cue, and crying as usual.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 02:55 2

39. tedkord (Posts: 14690; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Mxyflashmite to Apple's rescue.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 04:57 1

49. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Like you to shamesung, right?

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 07:31 4

58. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


As ever, lol. And he's not even denying it.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 04:56 1

48. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


As you can see, here's MG giving himself props with his multiple yes accounts.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 07:29 3

56. meanestgenius (Posts: 17224; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Lol, so now I'm everyone that's giving me a "+1"? Lmao! Your feelings are so hurt right now because people here are giving me props in the form of a +1 because I'm dropping facts about you. Besides, everyone knows you're the multiple faux account king around these parts.

posted on 4 days ago, 02:09

73. Flash (Posts: 1930; Member since: 19 May 2017)


You do have yes accounts, alphageek. You are the one who continues to fight the good fight.

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