Tuesday, January 10, 2012

iOS 5: good artists copy, great artists steal?

"Mistress, Luc has copied me, ah!”Since the submission of iOS 5, both sides start from the usual points of what would have been copied or not the new Apple in the competition. On the one hand, the very people who usually yell at war crime when the novelty of a smaller competitor comes from near and far from a concept to Apple today say that it is fair game. On the other, the most frenzied fans of Android laugh at what they see as a catch-up on the Google OS, which would have invented everything from A to Z. As usual, the truth is between two.
Notifications: Android and webOS?

Apple has completely revamped its system of notifications in iOS 5: blue bubbles modal gave way to elegant and discreet white banners, and all notifications are now placed in a "center" of control, a sliding panel with only a listeIl Undoubtedly, the "center of notifications" recalls the notification area Android is accessed in the same way, by sliding the finger downward from the status bar. Similarly, the use of banners and discrete non-modal notifications to display recalls the webOS system, itself taken over by Windows Phone 7. These loans are in fact through Mobile Notifier, an application created in the world of jailbreak which the notification system iOS 5 is a perfect clone. And for good reason: Peter Hajas, its creator, is now employed by Apple. It was directly inspired by several influences, including Android and webOS, to create Mobile Notifier, and are found as such in iOS 5.

The system notifications iOS 5 differs little from Mobile Notifier: banners have a look different and the sign listing the notifications remember much more directly than Android, but the rest, as the list of notifications on lock screen, directly from the work of Hajas. Found in the Apple system the influence of Rich Dellinger, the brain behind the webOS notification system, now much Cupertino. For interface designer, weather and stock widgets in the center of notifications are the interpretation of Apple System Android widgets - it underestimated the operation of the widgets on the Google OS, and forget Dashboard system widgets present on Mac since 2005 at which weather and stock applications are many.

Dashboard was himself a lot of Konfabulator, which incorporated itself the philosophy of the system ... Desk Accessories Macintosh. Irony of this endless loop to loop on itself: the weather service and scholarship are provided by Yahoo! iOS, owner of Konfabulator, now known as Yahoo! Widgets.

The notification center is the function that focuses all the attention, but other functions iOS 5 have been commented on. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's vice president in charge of Windows Phone 7 and was told "flattered" in homage to Windows Phone 7 with IOS 5. It begins with the new operation of the camera. Microsoft has had a great idea with Windows Phone 7: Force manufacturers to equip their smartphones to a physical trigger button. Even if the phone is idle, simply press it to take a picture. Apple offers its own answer to the same problem (to take a picture as soon as possible) using the traditional double-click an icon to take a picture appears on the screen. The camera can be launched even if The code lock is active: for security reasons, you can access only the photos taken during the session. To access the film, we can now make a move from left to right: this movement is unequivocally a direct copy of the Windows Phone 7.

You can also take a picture by pressing the volume button: independent developers already had the idea, such as Camera and More Quick Snap, but Apple had blocked their route - she had already planned the coup? The icloud photostream recalls the auto get pictures of Windows Phone 7 to the cloud Microsoft Skydrive: this is a standard feature of such a service. Apple, however, goes further and push in both directions using its icloud as a real service to real-time synchronization. In the same field, Belfiore mocks Twitter integration in iOS 5: he forgets that before Windows Phone 7, webOS was the first to fully merge different services together with its Synergy system.

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