Today, if you’re the type that follows tech and mobile news on any level, surely you saw the flood of Apple and iOS 7 news. The folks from Cupertino announced the all-new and completely redesigned iOS 7 for all their iDevices, and much more. If you missed any of it head to our sister site SlashGear for the details. We’re already seeing ‘Android vs iOS’ posts, or 5 things Apple copied from Android, but to be honest we like it, and I welcome the competition.
During the Keynote this morning Apple’s man in charge Tim Cook went as far as to state that this update will represent “the biggest change to iOS since the original iPhone,” and he’s right. Their operating system was a marvel when announced back in 2007, but has only seen minor changes and add-ons since. To be completely honest while watching the keynote I enjoyed what they had to share, the changes made, and their improvements. Even if some were oddly familiar and a year or two late.
We’ve seen all sorts of rips at Apple today. Some blogs calling iOS 7 the update that turned Apple devices into Android, and all types of crazy stuff. Yes they share features and designs, blatantly rip some off, but who cares? I don’t. It isn’t just Android. We see hints from all aspects of mobile here, and I feel like the competition is a good thing. At the same time the “copying” is a validation of just how awesome and successful Android really is. So yes, I’m ok with it.
I’m seeing a lot of comments in my inbox that iOS 7 looks like the popular Android custom ROM MIUI, with a nice little color pallet. Then add in the entire UI, which looks and sort of feels (thanks to the new font) like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s base, which is the Holo UI, only with a lighter color theme. Their new Command Center is essentially a watered-down “quick settings” toggle we have on Android 4.1+, lockscreen notifications and shortcuts are nothing new to Android, Safari and its “cards” just wishes it was Chrome, and multi-tasking took a direct hint from HTC Sense. And I agree, this looks a lot like Android. But deep down I think comparing Android vs iOS is a little silly, and you won’t find complaints from me. I know what I like, and that’s Android.
They surely borrowed the slide-out navigation drawers from Android, and we saw plenty of that “innovative” new feature today. Oh and iOS now has automatic app-updates. I didn’t even know that was missing. That’s sad. We’ve been enjoying both for a long time, so no complaints here. You can’t forget that Samsung did plenty of “borrowing” from Apple and their user interface designs back on the TouchWiz of old, and surely Blackberry and their new OS stole a little from everyone.
These days everyone borrows a little from each other, and in the end competition remains strong, and those who work hardest and innovate most come out on top. I have zero doubts that the minor pump to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will bring new features, and the overhauled Android 4.5 or 5.0 Key Lime Pie (hopefully coming later this year) will be even better.
Android’s update cycle is obviously faster, more aggressive, and leading the charge, and we can’t wait to see what both sides do next. Particularly with team green. Bring on the Android Army!