Today Apple unveiled the latest new OS 7 to come, and for us it was deja vu. Adam Zeis posted a great article on CrackBerry about Apple’s announcement and unveiling, including the seven most noticeable features borrowed from our beloved BlackBerry. Yes, some are from BlackBerry 10 but also the legacy devices. Is it new or is it Memorex? Oh wait, it’s innovation again.
Here are the seven of the big borrowed “new features” as listed on CrackBerry:
- Slide to Unlock: From the looks of it, Apple is going with an up gesture from the lock screen that brings up control center while the unlock remains left-to-right (corrected!)
- Multitasking: The multitasking view on iOS 7 looks much like that of the Blackberry PlayBook (and arguably Web OS) as you can swipe to scroll through your open apps. You can also use the swipe up gesture to quickly close an app from this view. This is essentially the same idea as Active Frames on BlackBerry 10 with apps being open in the background for quick access.
- Control Center: The Control Center in iOS is a popup of quick settings that you can access from anywhere by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Very similar to the BlackBerry 10 settings which are accessed from the homescreen by swiping down from the top. The controls give access to Bluetooth, Wifi and other settings.
- Lock Screen Notifications: Notification Center on iOS is now available from the lock screen, making it much like the notifications you can view from the BlackBerry 10 lock screen. Including the “at a glance” view which shows your calendar appointments for the given day.
- Gestures: iOS 7 features some swiping gestures that resemble those on BlackBerry 10. They are present in the browser as well as messages app (and maybe other areas too) – swiping to navigate forward or backward between screens.
- Facetime: The latest version of BBM allows for both video calls and voice only calls. Facetime, which was previously video only, will now also allow for voice-only calls as well.
- Photo Filters: BlackBerry 10 is sporting an amazing photo editor that includes a full set of filters. iOS 7 adds a very similar feature to their photos app (but no editor from what we’ve seen).
All I can say is there were several tweets from many people who caught those similarities and one has to wonder if BlackBerry will do something about it.. What are your opinions about Apple’s new features (at least new to Apple). BlackBerry still has no home button (home’s where you live, not on your phone) and Apple has stated before they won’t use NFC (then again perhaps they’ll use it and rename it). Tell us what you think, share your thoughts with us.
[picture source: atlanticwired.com]