'Innovator-to-imitator' video pits Apple's WWDC announcements against the competition's

'Innovator-to-imitator' video pits Apple's WWDC announcements against the competition's
Apple announced plenty of new things at its WWDC event in the beginning of the week, revolving around a new OSX version, new iOS edition, and even a brand new music streaming service, just as expected. Some of those were new for Apple's ecosphere only, though, being already present in Microsoft, Google, Flipboard, Spotify, and other services and software for a while.

Nowhere is this so visible, as in this direct comparison video below, pitting Apple's newly announced features against stuff that has already been announced... in Microsoft's, Google's, and other presentations, often years ago. We already rounded up some of the features in iOS 9 that already exist in other offerings, but the same goes for the new OSX announcements, and even for Apple Music. In this industry, it seems that everyone is looking over the shoulder of everybody else, even companies like Apple.

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71 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i cannot deny apple copied quite a few things this year from various competitors but it seems like they are all doing that now. The 2 major OS's are so mature now that all thats left is adding little tweaks to an already stable system. I want some serious innovation of batteries-not 1-3 hours more...im talking like a week.

5. willard12 unregistered

I don't think people generally have a problem with adopting features implemented by the competition. People have a problem with being hyprocritical about it. From $1.9 billion law suits to banning the competition for "slide to unlock", people have a problem with what Apple's actions. Half of BGR's articles include the words "Samsung and Copying." And if you did a word search in PA comments, I can only imagine how many times you'd find the words "copysung, shamesung, slavish copying, and shameless copying." Just look at all of the R&D used to develop some of the things outlined in the video. Then, go back and read the comments from articles when Samsung dared to uses chamfered edges.

18. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung's issue specifically is when they actually come out with stuff. Its their timing of new features released that bites them. Apple is smarter about copying as they wait until the right time to copy. Samsung catches wind of Apple coming out with something and they immediately a month or two later release it and advertise it like crazy. Also, for better or worse, their naming structure usually follows apple's. i.e s-whatever where apple uses i-whatever.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nice empty excuses. Apple also try to kill other when they copy just look at Apple music. So not only do they copy but they also use unfair tactics.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What products does Samsung offer that Apple has similar names? NONE. What device does Apple have called Galaxy? None. The Galaxy S, has nothing to do with Apple either. The first S was released in 2010. The first device that Apple has with an S in its name was the 4S which was in 2013. Does Apple have a Note? Does Apple have a Tab? Tab is just short for Tablet. What is Pad short for? iPhone? What product does Samsung have that starts with an "i'? Samsung started the large phone market...PERIOD. Did Apple have better success with it? NO. Samsung has been selling large devices since the first Note. The Note has been selling for 4 models now. Apple hasnt even sold more iPhone 6+ than Samsung has of the Note. So no, Apple didn't have better success. The biggest purchasers of the iPhone 6+ was those who always wanted a large iPhone. many for them left and bought the Note or other alternatives because Apple didnt do the same. The only thing Samsung copied from Apple, is having devices with style. Apple new if anyone started making devices with style, their devices would come under stiff competition. While everyone had ugly devices, Apple reaper rewards from being the only OEM with flare and style. This is no longer the case. Apple sued Smasung for mimicing their style which makes them a hypocrite because every product Apple has made copied someone else style and idea and concept. Chamfered Edges? Really? Apple did not originate that idea. Also beveling edges has been does countless of times. The thing is blog sites made this such a big deal because Apple had nothing else to talk about. Beveled edges had been done on phones and furniture for years. Apple didnt even popularize this, blog sites did.

53. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Your posts are too long for anybody to read. You have too much time on your hands.

67. Shocky unregistered

Maybe you should back to school if you have such difficulty reading this.

58. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you. I just like to mention Braun products. Search for that and Apple....will have some interesting results... And bucky....at least one read his entire post...me...lol.

66. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

I believe there was an iPhone 3gs

7. waddup121 unregistered

the copying games

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I agree its okay thats they do it as its make the market better. But why Apple sue other for billions when they do the same thing themself? Thats where the issue is.

31. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That lawsuit was when Samsung was just getting in the game. They were seriously blatant and shameless at that point. The lawsuit was deserved and the result was correct.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's absolutely no different, except that it's Apple blatantly copying so you give them a pass. The verdict was a travesty for so many reasons, and the fact that parts of it keep getting overturned, patents keep getting thrown out and the damages keep shrinking is correct.

68. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The reason why Samsung is in a different category is because they bullishly and shamelessly go specifically after the iPhone. Let's not forget there was a 130+ page document on how to mimick Specifically the iPhone both in features and aesthetics, step by step.. I have close friends with the standard Galaxy S6 and there are just way too many design similarities. I don't think I've ever mistaken phones as many times as I have with the S6/iPhone 6, it's totally ridiculous. And why did they add the parallax effect to the Galaxy S6 out of the box? It serves NO function whatsoever other than making it feel more like an iPhone. Samsung's goal is to BE the iPhone. Almost all their decisions from the Galaxy S5 to the S6 points to that fact. Apple and Google may continuously copy each other but they each do an excellent job of staying completely different.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Which is why Apple hasnt gotten a penny. Apple lost in every country where they brought the suit because all of those country's respected the fact that those ideas were not novel and non-obvious and were patents that never should have been granted. In the US the highest bidder or payer gets whatever they want even if the original inventor is not taken into account of paid royalties. Slide to unlock is a perfect example of how an idea that is over 5000 years old can somehow be patented when obvious prior art exist and Samsung even argued it in court and the Judge who is a POS didnt allow those facts in the trial. Samsung didnt copy Apple. They did the excat same things Apple did. They saw an idea, made their own version of it.

51. engineer-1701d unregistered

the split screen was years before that with win 7 i think drag to either side

2. vivaapple

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

I agree, Apple immitate those existing feature but they make it much better that existing feature from others. They are more users friendly. and much reliable outputs.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1506; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah exactly. Improoving on things making them better, wider availability, pushing the industry ahead is innovation. Selfishly ripping off the others ideas to try to enchance your products and save few millions is just copying. There is a thin line between tehm like between a genius and an idiot.

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I guess you are on the idiot side of the line.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Lets agree to disagree. Apple tactic are unfair. The copy they make are pale copy ( Sorry Google now is still much better than Siri Same for Google map) I tryed the Apple music thing on the Iphone demo we have ( thanks apple for giving free apple music for demo phone ) and i prefere the way spotify is made and the UI too. So plz stop thinking like you are the god of all knowing and what you say is the only truth.

41. Iodine

Posts: 1506; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What pale copy ? Search in iOS 9 looks like supercharged search from iOS 6 swipe to the left design. And can you explain me how can be google now be better if it will become just a small part of Apple search ? And how you tried Apple music when it.... isn't even avalable ? Of course whatever Apple does it's unfair to any iHater, not surprising.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

In much the same way that whatever they do is acceptable to an iLover, even when it's the exact same behavior the condemn others for.

8. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You should have included "In my opinion" somewhere in your post.

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Bulls**t :)

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That's only true "some" of the time, not all of the time.

52. engineer-1701d unregistered

not at all friendly you cant do normal stuff you can only move around how apple wants you to, and reliable i have crashed more apple devices than android or pc.

55. willard12 unregistered

The key thing is that Apple not become the developer for the world. We need people to invent their own stuff. - Tim Cook

59. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

More user firendly..... Then how come it was easier for me and close friends to use Android coming from Win Mo. We tried an iPhone 4....and it took alot longer to get comfortable using it. I actually had one for a few months . Thats considered user friendly? Its like Mac vs Windows. IMO Windows is (or was) more user friendly. Mac is (or was) more user friendly if you are comfortable with Linux or command prompts, CMD use. I havent used Mac OS in years so if its different now I woudltn know. There are numerous youtube series about the myths about Android being so complicated and iOS being so easy to use. Its worth a look.

4. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I got my popcorn ready, let the flame wars begin!

6. Iodine

Posts: 1506; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Like what's the point of that video ? If something makes a thing A nobody else should do that because they were first, and all others are copycats ? Copying is lazy - you try to save time and money, by looking at what others do and make the same thing, as fast as possible while ripping off as much as you can into your product. If the thing the other company does is too pricey to copy, they will make it imitate it for the least amount of money possible to parasite as much on other company IP as they can. Now people are yelling how Apple copied split screen, how they copied news, music streaming. But look split screen is easy to use you can choose to multitask fully or just a bit with slideover. Apple news is the bigest news inititive yet and they have done everything by themselves. It's beautiful, it's interactive, it's not just streamed web articles. They bought an entire company to do music streaming and they added so much great things into that experience they learned from past years it's mindbogling. And they do more things. When Apple made 64-bit phone in 2013 they literally kicked entire industry ahead. And look there were no Apple ads that would first mocked competitors for being 32-bit and then mocked them for going to 64-bit eg. copying. That's innovation.

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