Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry's CEO: "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market ... They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that. History repeats itself again I guess ... the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old." Ironic, perhaps, that this comes from a BlackBerry CEO, but that doesn't make him wrong - although I'm sure the usual suspects will claim that it does.
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RE[2]: He's right but
by leos on Mon 18th Mar 2013 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: He's right but"
leos
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He didn't say Apple wasn't successful. He said iOS has become stale.


Operating systems aren't like bread. If something is effective, then it remains effective.
One recent "innovation" is the drive to map every off-screen gesture to an action like in Windows 8, Sailfish, and BB10. We are certainly sacrificing discoverability and introducing vectors for accidental activation (especially when playing games). My wife got annoyed enough when the notification center got introduced to her iPod touch and she kept accidentally activating it when playing fruit ninja.

To put it differently, Apple's success does not mean they are innovative; similarly, Microsoft's failure (so far) with Windows Phone does not mean Microsoft is not innovative there.


Right, so the idea that "innovative" UI is even desirable is not very strong. What you want is effective UI, and clearly iOS and Android have a pretty good handle on that. A stale UI is more likely a sign that they've gotten it right.

That said I'm very interested to see what changes we'll see in iOS now that Ive is in charge there.

Edited 2013-03-18 18:56 UTC

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