Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Jun 2013 23:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Apple held its big keynote event thing at WWDC earlier this evening, but since I was away with friends I've had to read up on it later in the evening. The company announced iOS 7, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and they gave a preview of the new Mac Pro. Especially the Mac Pro impressed me, and while iOS 7's new Holo/Metro-inspired theme looks messy and garish to me, I do commend Apple for finally breaking the mold. This news item will focus on iOS 7 - I'll dive into the Mac Pro and OS X 10.9 tomorrow (it's late here now).
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Android inspired.
by tkeith on Tue 11th Jun 2013 10:02 UTC
tkeith
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2010-09-01

Thom, I'm glad you said it, I thought I was the only one. It doesn't look that pretty to me either. I was really surprised how a lot of features seemed in direct response to, or direct copies of Android features. To be fair, they didn't say they "invented" them, but I was surprised at a few:

Command center is basically what Android 4.2 added, only swipe from the bottom instead of top.

Multitasking is really just a horizontal version of Android's multitasking from 3.0+. Some are equating it to WebOS, but my understanding is that the apps shown do not necessarily represent running apps like in WebOS, just recent.

Safari looks like it works exactly like Chrome on Android.

Automatic updates and seeing Notifications from the lockscreen? These are new features?

iRadio looks like Pandora to me.

Multitasking looks interesting. They didn't go much into detail. It sounds like the OS will pick what apps can run in the background. I'm not sure if they are describing some new process, or if this will be Similar to Android, but this may be the biggest announcement.

I think that everyone should be glad Apple gave iOS a significant update. iOS users should be happy they are moving forward again, Android and WP users should be glad that this will force Google and Microsoft to continue to push forward.

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