Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Why Apple is playing catch up with iOS 7

Why Apple is playing catch up with iOS 7

Apple recently unveiled their newest mobile operating system, iOS 7. It’s slated to leave beta somewhere near September, and it does pack in a lot of tempting new features – but somehow, I still find myself hesitant.

iOS 7 lockscreen

The iOS 7 lockscreen looks like a marriage between Windows Phone’s and Android’s.

The moment I saw iOS 7’s design, I was immediately impressed. My thoughts are set on getting a Windows 8 laptop soon, but now I found myself thinking if I want to reconsider getting an iPad instead – because through that I can have access to a great app store without having the same stale design that people already knew throughout the years.

But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to stay away from it. When I look at most of the new design elements implemented by Apple, I realize that these things are actually found on present OSes already.

iOS 7 browser

iOS 7 Safari on the left, Chrome on the right


iOS 7 contacts on the left, Google Plus users on the right

Now, I’m sure there are a lot more. For example, some iOS 7 buttons host a similar circular design to those of Windows Phone. Swiping messages and e-mails to show options to delete and more is also a combination of Android & Windows Phone. Not to mention, all the gaussian blur reminds me of Sailfish OS.

iOS 7 control bar notif

The iOS 7 control bar is like a prettier TouchWiz notification bar coming from the bottom.

Amidst all of these things done by the company, I wouldn’t say iOS 7 is bad. In fact, I think it’s amazing – all because it takes the strengths and weaknesses of other platforms and improves upon it.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

I guess what I’m trying to say is, Apple did good – but not good enough. It’s still the well-controlled & closed-sourced OS-ecosystem that we know, only wearing a different shirt.

iOS 7 multitasking

iOS 7 Multitasking improves upon HTC Sense 4.0’s multitasking

That’s iOS 7 for you folks; the playing ground with big platform players is equal now when it comes to design & functionality, but we’re forgetting something, aren’t we?

The next versions of Android & Windows Phone aren’t out, Windows 8.1 is on the way and rising players such as FireFox, BlackBerry & Sailfish aren’t on the loose yet. All that Apple has left in the pipeline is hardware (iPad 5, iPad Mini 2, the next iPhone).

As much as I feel like I want to board the iOS ship, I won’t just yet.

54 Comments on this Post

  1. iphone5 user ako and i’m happy using it. Though gusto ko din bumili ng Samsung S4. Meron na akong android device,SGTABP1000. Notice ko lang talagang may occasional lag ang android pero siguro dahil low spec’d lang yung p1000 ko. Kaya gusto ko matry ang highend na device like S4.

    Point is, it’s all about your wants or maybe your needs. Choose the phone that cater to you. Iba iba naman tayo ng trip sa buhay. Bashers are expected, ganyan tayo e, palagi gusto magaling.

    I choose iPhone5 for its design, mind the OS stability. I’m eyeing the S4 because I am curious of the openness of the OS. Things like, music downloads and easy file transfers. Surely I can’t easily do those on my iPhone5 but as always I can stop for a couple of minutes and have it done. It’s not like I have to download music and transfer files all day. I guess you can’t argue that majority of smartphone users are those who “have a normal life.” Not all are like geeks and tech savvies. Majority didn’t even know what rooting,flashing,modding is. All that’s important for them is to have a smartphone capable of texting, making calls, surfing the net, taking pictures and then sharing it to social networks.

    Again, it’s the design that made me fall in love. Tanggapin na natin ang katotohanan. The black iPhone5 is undeniably a “Pogi” phone.


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