Monday, 17 June 2013

iOS 7: Goodbye iOS, Hello Android.

At WWDC last week, Apple launched their newest mobile version of iOS; iOS 7 and it’s a far-cry from the old model. It’s better looking, more open and more functional: It’s more Android.

What’s new: Appearance

It’s very good looking. Using a new skinny font and lighter colours are key to this. The iconic slide bar has been altered as well as the keyboard which is translucent to allow you to see beneath it. The overall look is very ‘Google Now’ and this has clearly been their inspiration. Maybe it's just me but I think the overall look is very similar.

What’s new: The Control Centre

For those familiar with Android devices, the Control Centre is simply the notification bar. In what is just a copy of what Android has been offering for several years, the Control Centre allows users to adjust settings such as brightness, WiFi and rotation lock as well as providing quick access to other apps. Try and spot the similarities below (FYI the Android screenshot is a bit old but Android 4.2 has kept the functionality, just left it looking a bit better):

What’s new: Multitasking

Woah, ground-breaking work from Apple here… By copying Android 4.0’s ‘window switching’ abilities, Apple now allow an easier form of multitasking. Looks strangely similar, no?

What else?

Safari now provides unlimited tabs, photos now have filters and apps can now automatically update. Airdrop allows for easier sharing, Siri has a new voice, Mail can be gesture controlled and “hello, iTunes Radio”.

We all know that Apple needed to move, and needed to change the mobile iOS. It was tired, basic and was holding Apple’s technology back. They’ve done a good job with iOS 7 as it is a more complete and less restricted OS but they’ve improved by doing what they promised never to do; copy others.

Android based their initial OS on the best bits of iOS, and Steve Jobs/Tim Cook were very forward in pointing that out. However, now the table have turned. The notable changes in iOS 7 have been copied from Android, not just in concept, but in appearance. It is a sign of weakness and admitting defeat. In all these changes, Apple haven’t innovated whatsoever and that will worry the already troubled investors.

     In launching iOS 7, Apple have admitted defeat in innovation, and in turn, have taken their seat behind Android’s operating system. The changes make Apple’s offering stronger, but only by taking the older elements of Android. Apple’s innovation has been under the microscope for a while now, and this release does nothing convince others that Apple still ‘has it’. This is another flat launch of something new from Apple. Investors are far less bothered about software – they need to be convinced that Apple can dominate the market once again. Now they are firmly behind, and chasing the opposition, that domination is becoming less and less likely.

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