WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms' best services, makes them better with iOS 5

WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms' best services, makes them better with iOS 5

Summary: Apple revealed iOS 5 today and several of the top features are some of the best experiences from other platforms, made better, and rolled into one platform.

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Apple rolled out iOS 5 today and showed off 10 new features that convinced me I am likely to add an iPhone back into my mobile phone collection later this fall. Apple is good at taking things others have and making them much better and we saw glimpses of this today with their notifications, OTA software updates, camera access from the lock screen, iMessage service and wireless media sync all taking what Android, Symbian, WP7, BlackBerry, and Zune all had individually.

Notifications

Notifications was one of the major reasons I enjoy using Android devices over iOS devices and what Apple showed today is almost exactly what Android has with their pull down drawer user interface. Hey, if it works and is popular why not use it, right?

Over-the-air (OTA) software updates

Android has had this ability for quite some time and Nokia has had it forever and it is one reason I like the Android platform that lets me be PC free. We see that Apple is also going to just update what changes, like what Nokia does with its Symbian updates so you won't have to download hundreds of megabytes of data to update a few features.

Camera from lock screen

One of Windows Phone 7s coolest features is the ability to push the camera shutter button and launch the camera while the phone is in standby lock mode and start taking photos and then uploading them immediately to Facebook. Unfortunately, nearly all of the Windows Phone 7 manufacturers failed to deliver a decent camera to the platform so this feature is often overlooked and not emphasized.

Intra-operating system messaging system

BlackBerry fans swear by BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and I honestly haven't use a BlackBerry enough myself to ever embrace it. However, it looks like Apple was able to bring that experience to the entire iOS family (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) with the same kind of performance (such as seeing someone is typing right as they are taking actions on their device). The issue with these types of services is that your friends and family all have to have a device with the same OS to take advantage of that and now that the entire iOS family will have that I think we may see mass defections from BlackBerry. And the more people that come to iOS, the more attractive such a service becomes.

Wireless media sync

The Zune platform, and in particular with the Zune HD device, is an amazing service that no one really knows about. Zune has had the ability to sync your media content wirelessly for a while now and it is very convenient to dock your Zune and have it synced up automatically.

I applaud Apple for taking all of these desired experiences from others, making them a bit better, and integrating them into a single platform and look forward to the next iPhone device.

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  • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

    I don't know if they are making them "better" but they definitely did just blatantly rip them off.
    Zedox
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

      @Zedox
      Absolutely agree.
      Watching this it felt like an Android fucntioninality review from the past.
      Will compare it to my Android devices when it rolls out...
      :|
      rhonin
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

      @Zedox

      I think it's called catching up or at least trying to.
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better

      @Zedox So Android owns the features? What, should Apple concede and never add the features? Don't you think others emulate Apple as much? Right.....
      jokila
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @jokila
        There are only about 90 lawsuits right now for doing just what apple is now doing, and moist of them involve apple!

        Next apple will show up with patents saying they invented these ideas...
        aiellenon
    • Apple's next set of "i" names will be: iRippoff, iReinvent, iCopy, iSteal,

      iMShameless.
      adornoe
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  • What? Apple copying MS ideas?

    No way - I've been told by the Apple users here that M$ copies everything from Apple! :)
    Will Pharaoh
  • Give Credit When Credit is Due

    At least they gave credit to the crappy app devs. Sucks to have a 'Roid now (always did I guess)!
    Gr8Music
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

      @Gr8Music
      Just before they made a significant number of their apps meaningless.....
      Smooth... real smooth /s

      :(
      rhonin
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @rhonin
        I hadn't thought of that - it's never happened before with anyone...or has it?!??!
        Gr8Music
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @rhonin Care to explain or is it you just like spreading FUD?
        non-biased
  • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

    Couple of thoughts on all this....

    Will the 3GS be able to handle it?
    I can see more OS mem issues for the iPad gen 1 - it already has issues running a lot of mem intensive apps....
    Will the iPad 2 start having mem issues? Some apps are already pushing hard against the current mem.

    Regardless of this, the next iPhone still needs to have a bigger screen or no go for me.
    rhonin
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

      @rhonin I'm sure I saw a slide from one of the WWDC live blogs which included iPhone 3GS. The iTunes Cloud beta is being released to everyone today but is iPhone4 specific.
      sip01
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @sip01 Yes, the 3GS is included in compatible devices.
        non-biased
    • Good point, exisiting iPhone screen feels too cramped to me too

      @rhonin Ah yes, I won't get a new iPhone if it only has a 3.5" display. After using 4.3" display devices I can't go back to anything less than a 4" display.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
        +1.
        Ram U
    • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

      @rhonin
      Just what are you talking about? I have the first generation Ipad, and have no mem issues, or any others. Do some of you really stoop this low, because you don't understand how to use the device in the first place?

      How sad.......
      T-Wrench
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @T-Wrench <br>I, too, have a first gen iPad. From my experience, the memory limitation is the greatest weakness of the iPad, especially with the very inadequate resource management and multitasking. It may not be surprising when a resource-intensive app, such as a Need for Speed game, crashes due to low available memory. When I can't browse the web with more than three tabs open because of low memory, that is a much bigger issue. Apple will need to substantially improve the OS and/or memory issues before I consider buying a second or third generation iPad.
        dhmcdonald
      • RE: WWDC 2011: Apple takes other platforms best services, makes them better with iOS 5

        @dhmcdonald I call BS on your claim you can't surf the web with more than three tabs open. My wife regularly have more tabs than that open let alone at least a half dozen other apps open as well and never had an issue. Can't speak of Need for Speed though as I have never tried it on the iPad.
        non-biased