iOS 7 shows how Apple is leading mobile computing
Or why iOS is simply a better and faster runner...
I haven't seen this posted here over the last few days, though I didn't check that hard either. A very good article for Apple fans and watchers and stalkers.
My favorite part?
So if Apple developed these concepts in 2004, why did it wait until 2013 to add them to iOS 7? Rather than claiming that Apple waited three years to copy Microsoft's 2010 copy of 2009's webOS, it makes more sense to recognize that Palm's webOS, in 2009, beat Apple to delivering the concepts Apple had already patented in 2004 because Palm simply reentered the mobile market with the luxury of a fresh start in hardware that leapfrogged the performance of the installed user base of the last two years of iPhones that Apple's iOS chose to continue to support.
Similarly, 2010's Windows Phone 7 simply ditched compatibility with Microsoft's entire existing Windows Mobile 6.x installed base, starting afresh with a new hardware platform sporting iPhone 4 A4-class, 1GHz ARMv7 CPUs to deliver its own version of the iOS App Store running on a windowless, touchscreen smartphone.
If you're going to start running a marathon from the halfway point, you can't really be mad that runners who started from the beginning are able to catch up and surpass you. You didn't earn your lead, and you're not a victim of being unfairly passed up by better runners. And nobody on the sidelines has any business stoking contempt for your faster opponents.
Apple didn't have the luxury of only targeting modern iPhone hardware with its own user interface redesign until iOS 7, because unlike Palm and Microsoft, Apple's platform wasn't so desperately behind that it was will willing to abandon the customers who had just bought its smartphones over the previous two years, just to roll out a visual feature that demanded modern CPU power.
It's also useful to point out that Apple's iOS apps are substantial, native software packages, not merely mini web pages being rendered by a "multitasking" browser as webOS essentially was. The new iOS 7 delivers a live, Exposé like window preview of running apps when you pull up the app switcher.
Rather than being a case of slavish copying by a company devoid of original ideas, Manjoo's singular example of how Apple iOS 7's "is a straight rip-off of things that have come before" is simply a misunderstanding of how Apple manages its platform and supports its users. Apple chose not to abandon its entire installed base of recent customers when the time came to revamp its operating system's user interface, a strategy it clearly did not copy from Microsoft or Palm.