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Something Borrowed, Something Black: Apple’s “Innovation”

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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]

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  1. This article is just ludicrous, quick controls/toggles has any one seen android 1.5 (it’s been there for years), lockscreen notifications android has had that since gingerbread, multitasking cards has been there on android since ICS, Photo filters are you guys that desperate to praise the blackberry 10

    • martinkem, yes android has had some of those features. This isn’t an android website, it’s a BlackBerry blog. What’s an android fan doing reading this if you’re so dedicated to Android? The point of the articles is that Apple is calling innovation already used as new instead of recycled. By the way, Android has a capital and BlackBerry has two.

      • I think he makes valid points.
        You say “one has to wonder if BlackBerry will do something about it”
        The answer is NO. They can’t, simply because they’ve borrowed theymselves from Nokia, Apple, Android and also because software patents shouldn’t exist.

        Apple has improved their OS, now BlackBerry needs to improve their apps.

        • That’s the underlying point of the article, among others writing about this very topic. The pure innovation from any one manufacturer is pretty much lacking completely. There is subtle to blatant copying of aesthetics in every aspect. There will come a time when no one can actually be innovative because its already been done. Even with the Z10, its not totally innovative.

  2. martinkem, yes android has had some of those features. This isn’t an android website, it’s a BlackBerry blog. What’s an android fan doing reading this if you’re so dedicated to Android? The point of the articles is that Apple is calling innovation already used as new instead of recycled. By the way, Android has a capital and BlackBerry has two.

  3. One thing that apple borrowed you missed. Peek. In messages and mail you can now swipe partially and hold to take a peek at what messages you have in your messages list

  4. I hope this motivates BlackBerry to continue to innovate. Apple did blatantly copy BlackBerry, Android, PlayBook/WebOs – but not a very good copy. But, this won’t matter to all the isheep, who will told this is innovative and magical. BlackBerry needs to up the ante and increase marketing on their features.

  5. This website is for everyone! So to ask why an Android fan is on here is kind of rude!

  6. yes Jess is right. the website is for everyone. Am i suppose to stop visiting this site if I’m an android user. how childish

    • I think Susan’s point was this is a BlackBerry Blogger’s Site, of course it’s going to biased towards BlackBerry. Just like Android sites are biased about Android etc. I would argue that for an Android fan to come a BlackBerry fan Site and claim Susan’s point of view is ludicrous is pretty rude.

  7. I was only trying to point out that I’m reflecting on an article and taking it from a loyal BlackBerry user’s standpoint. Commenting that the article is ludicrous and then in the same comment not capitalizing the Android and BlackBerry shows lack of respect for both my posting and the manufacturers themselves. I didn’t intend for it to sound like only BlackBerry users can read the site but don’t comment if you’re only trolling. Everyone is welcome to read the site. But my viewpoint is going to reflect my stand as a BlackBerry user and how the subject relates to BlackBerry.

    • I’m a blackberry user .. can’t say am a loyal one . But I like blackberry and it’s good to have other point of view.. no disrespect meant though .

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