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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83 Comments

1. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Atleast someone speaks the truth here.

7. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

They forget nokia N9

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

With MeeGo. Awesome Nokia device.

15. karbel400024

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

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

18. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 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.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

45. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

47. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 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.

50. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

68. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

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

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 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.

62. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Kids at iphonearena are too young for that device

63. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

80. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You clearly haven't used, or seen, one!

81. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I have one wtf are you talking about

82. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

A Nokia N9? If you have one, how can you say swipe up doesn't unlock the phone?!

83. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Of course a blackberry, Nokia n9? What does that have to do with this?

12. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

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

20. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

25. coolrx

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 15, 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....

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 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.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1559; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

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

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

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

39. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Mxyflashmite to Apple's rescue.

49. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Like you to shamesung, right?

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