Is innovation at Apple slowing down?

By on June 13, 2011
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Or are they playing catch-up with iOS 5?

“Redmond, start your photocopiers” is a line made incredibly popular by Apple in 2005. It’s how they view Microsoft copying things in Windows that Apple has already done on their desktop operating systems. However, with the revealing of iOS 5 last week at WWDC, it was Apple that was copying things from other mobile operating systems.

Is the innovation at Apple slowing down? Probably not. However, Apple is finally realizing what worthy competitors Google and RIM are and is thus trying to play catch-up in areas that devices based on Android and BlackBerry OS excel at. How many times have we looked at our iPhone and wondered how nice it would be to have a certain feature from a competing device. This is precisely what Apple has done with iOS 5.

If you check out the article I did on the Top 5 features in iOS 5, you’ll see that my top two features- the Notification Center and iMessage, are features ripped right out of Android on how it displays notifications and the insanely popular BlackBerry Messenger. Another feature, the new Lock Screen, takes one of the best things about the older version of Windows Mobile and sticks it on the iOS.

Innovation is good but you have to stop and smell the Humus as well. There is no denying that iOS changed the way mobile phones are used but it starting lagging in certain areas because Apple doesn’t have the exclusivity on innovation. And the popularity of the Jailbreaking community showed that.

Competition is a great thing- it makes you work harder and you can bet that Google and RIM are working on ways to make their devices more appealing to the end user as well. What they don’t do is blow their own horn. It can come back to bite you.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Mindi

    I like how you forget to acknowledge that iOS 5 also copies from the upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update due later this year.

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