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

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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  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
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  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
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77 Comments

67. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

All the iphone needs now is a universal inbox, programmable shortcuts, a decent browser then the recent apps screen integrated with the home screen and messaging.

66. Anilu7

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

When I saw the gestures demonstrated, my immediate reaction was, "that's just like my BlackBerry!" I've had most of them from Z10 to Q10 to Z30 to Passport. And I still remember Thorsten Heins in 2013 saying, "no home button!" As he demonstrated the Z10 gestures. I'm both sad and happy to see them again on the iPhone X. Sad that BlackBerry wasn't received by the bloggers, carriers and public for the advancement it was and happy that some of its best features live on. BlackBerry and other Androids have the Hub and iPhone X has the gestures. If only iOS had the Hub…

65. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Seriously? BlackBerry? Not Nokia N9 with its MeeGo OS back in 2011?! And you call yourself a tech website and you can't tell who did what first?! LOL

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

I remember when iPhone fans and tech reviewers alike bashed BlackBerry 10 for lack of a "home button". And while I'm eagerly awaiting what these reviewers and iPhone fans will have to say concerning the lack of home button on the iPhone X, I'm afraid there will be terms like "innovative" , "forward thinking", and "Apple is advancing mobile technology" thrown about when the topic comes up. They'll all conveniently forget how their were others like Nokia and BlackBerry that did it before Apple, but got bashed for it.

61. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i believe to some extent webOS was the first full-gesture phone... swipe up once the app you're on gets minimized onto the homescreen (and if you have previously opened apps, the homescreen automatically is now a multi-tasking screen) and another swipe up to close the app

54. Lion007

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Nokia was ahead of everyone, even android. You could load Doom on to an N900 when the first android phone came out. Wireless charging, amazing cameras, micro hdmi, stereo speakers, amoled displays with true black technology, notification light, no home button, full customisation, they lead the way with everything when android and iOS had just started. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter how ahead of time you were if your software and developers weren’t up to scratch, if it’s too many features too quickly for the naive simple general customer of that time... That’s why we saw Nokia and Blackberry fade away. Huge respect for Nokia always, they are the real kings when it came to being ahead of everyone

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nokia is simply the best when it comes to innovations and being ahead of their time. Much respect to them and the other pioneers like BlackBerry, Motorola and Palm for innovations that are still being used today in the mobile space, and for the accomplishments of companies like Nokia and BlackBerry, for what they are doing now as software and services, and mobile infrastructure and technologies companies respectively.

53. Jesseclark

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 10, 2017

Apple suddenly made me realize that I'm using anniversary phones since my S6 edge. Wireless charging, oled and the curved display which Apple still lacks. Now we've wqhd+, fast wireless charging, truly usable bezel-less phone without the notch while Apple is playing catching games, we just lack the poop animoji and lgbt wallpapers tho, lol.

52. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

Edge swipe. oooh, like Windows 8?

46. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Why they don't understand that it's not Ganna be easier to use . It's psychology thing. Buttons are always better , tap a button is always easier than swiping gesture. And it's not the future. God someone who's a UX designer come here and comment Thank you.

51. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Gesture is nice, Nokia already had in 2011. So easy to use. But apple only copies others and pretending that they are the first or best.

44. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Monkey see monkey do

40. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

It's really not that serious honestly. I mean, what else were they to do? It's a touch screen. There's only so much design change you can do with a touch screen.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If Apple can expect others to respect the rounded rectangle's sanctity, then they can be expected to respect gestures.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Tedkord is 100% correct. Let Apple innovate on its own like they used to, instead of blatantly "borrowing" like they've been doing and trying to say that they innovated or created the tech.

38. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

wrong, Zephyr was ahead if its time.

36. srgonu

Posts: 573; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I really enjoyed my time with BB Z10. I always thought BB OS should survive. May be they were really ahead of learning curve for everyone to see. sigh

33. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The Nokia N9 was way ahead of is time, released in 2011! Tap to wake up, fully controlled by gestures.......but hey PA let's just not talk about it.....

34. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Btw apple loves selling phones with old tech for a really high price, and pretending its all new and the feature. Poor iFans!

27. Achilis

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

N9, THE PHONE WHICH CAME WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME WITH 100% GESTURE CONTROL. I STILL HAVE ONE AND IT IS STILL ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE.

17. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple reinvent old tech

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

Except BlackBerry 10 isn't "old tech". Next, you'll say Apple "reinvented" wireless charging.

26. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

It is old tech. Stop deflecting.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 23040; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's not. Stop trolling. But if it was, that would be right up Apple's alley, anyway. They love using old tech, lol.

16. Mr_Maverick

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Apple always copy features and they have a nice nomenclature team, which has a good quality of GETTING INSPIRED

13. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

No way!! Apple would never do that!!

6. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

iSheeps: Apple did it first.

14. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Isheep, bro. It's already plural.:)

37. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Isheep spotted

4. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I think it all started will palm first?

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