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Here are the Things Apple Totally Ripped off from Competitors for iOS 7

11 June 201318 comments Android, inneractive, iPhone, Mobile Advertising, Mobile Industry

By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)

So WWDC 2013 was quite a show, there is no denying that. From a marketing perspective, it was pure music to my ears. The new Macbook Airs with full day battery life are awesome and I want one. The new Mac Pro is just plain ridiculous. In a good way. The new Mac OS seems like an obvious step in the right direction. All that is great, but iOS 7 was clearly the most interesting and exciting announcement of the day.


Now, here is the thing with Apple, they have been known to ummmm, imitate others. I mean, the company as a whole was started pretty much based on Jobs stealing the whole concept of a GUI from Xerox. What? He never denied it. In fact, he went on record saying “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas”. Don’t believe me? See the video below.

Anyway, Apple is continuing the Jobs legacy with iOS 7 and has clearly “borrowed” some things from its competitors. You know what? As an iOS user, I am ok with that! Oh, really, Mr. Android fanboy? You are going there? Using a Samsung device perhaps? Want me to list the things copied from Apple? Let’s not go there, mmmk?

Here are the most obvious elements of iOS 7 that Apple most definitely took from competitors:

First up? Everything! 

No, that is not an exaggeration. Every single screen, every piece of text, from the first screen on the iPhone with iOS 7 to the entire UI screams Windows Phone. If you honestly don’t see that, take a look at the welcome screen, and tell me you didn’t think that was a Lumia phone in the picture.



Gestures: Hello BlackBerry 10!

On stage, when Apple demoed the whole swipe from the left bezel of your iPhone, all I could think was BlackBerry 10. Now, I know, BlackBerry is suffering, and the Z10 has its shortcomings but the gesture system in QNX and BB10 are pretty brilliant. Apple seems to agree.

Settings Panel: Hello Android!

Swipe up from the bottom of your iOS 7 device and what’s that? A settings panel that provides quick access to things like Wifi, Airplane mode, and many others? Why yes, yes it is. Remind you of something? Again, there is nothing mind-blowing about having this option built into a mobile OS, in fact, it is quite a no-brainer, but the fact is, Apple hasnt’t done it till now. Android has.



Cards Interface: Hello WebOS! 

So, as far as the multitasking abilities of a mobile OS, there are two components, the way it looks and the way it works. Let’s focus on the way iOS multitasking looks. Remember Web OS? There, done. No, seriously, wow, this is like a joke. Apple 100% copied the whole card interface from Web OS. Again, as long as Apple doesn’t deny it, I am cool with it. Want to know why? Because Web OS rocked!


Multitasking: Hello Windows Phone AND Android! 

Now for the way multitasking works in iOS 7. It sees what apps you use most and leaves those updating more frequently. The ones you don’t use as often will get less love from iOS 7 in terms of how often they are updated. When you double press the Home button, iOS 7 will launch Web OS, I mean the multitasking cards and you can see the apps in real time, and swipe away the ones you want to close. A perfect combination of everything Android and Windows Phone does.

The bottom line is, Apple cannot maintain its status as the most successful tech company in the world without paying attention to other players that are slowly easting away at its market. Of course, some of these ripoffs are quite extreme, but I prefer it over the alternative of remaining on a pedestal and thinking you can’t and won’t “lower” yourself to the level of your competitors. A little humility from Apple is a good thing. Now off to download iOS 7 beta…

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  1. Aniya (@aniyadly) June 11, 2013

    Spot on as always! 😉

    • hilzfuld June 11, 2013

      Thanks :)

  2. Varun June 11, 2013

    What utter bullshit this article is. All these features have existed on jailbroken iPhones before android, windows or webos platforms had them. If anything they have stolen from developers a little after android and webos stole them. And I don’t think the swipe from left action is unique to blackberry or ever was. Ubuntu mobile uses the swipe gestures from all sides of the screen and so have many apps on the iPhone.

    • hilzfuld June 11, 2013

      Thanks for commenting, Varun. Keep contributing your insights.

    • Varun June 11, 2013

      Actually the whole article isn’t bad. It’s just the mention of the bigger companies stealing from each other that annoys me. Lots of developers get their ideas stolen but no one gives a shit about that.

      • hilzfuld June 11, 2013

        Ahh, much better. I agree 100%, and iOS 7 is no different. Many developers/apps were killed, such as Flayvr, Yahoo Weather, Flashlights, email apps, and more. That is a topic for another time…

        • Varun June 11, 2013


  3. Julian Maurer June 11, 2013

    Loved the new look but was again disappointed that simple one tap features are still missing such as kill all apps running. I know it’s not necessary but standard users spend time deleting out the task bar all the apps they are not using. Also spelling on “eating” 😉

  4. Nettie Feldman June 11, 2013

    But does it have better keyboard input? And auto-fill globally?

  5. TheTechieGuy June 11, 2013

    In the past it was Apple that everyone wanted to imitate, now a very defensive Apple seems to be copying from everyone….and cue the Patent lawyers….kaching

  6. Trident June 11, 2013

    Even the “good artists copy, great artists steal” remark is stolen. From Pablo Picasso. A while ago…

  7. Luis June 13, 2013

    I have to disagree with Apple immitating others. Yes, Steve Jobs did say that, but you are taking it out of context. They don’t copy, they innovate. Its one thing to steal an idea and make it better, its another thing to steal and exactly copy it.

    • hilzfuld June 13, 2013

      So which one of the above designs or features do you think Apple did NOT steal then?

    • San June 13, 2013

      Now you are just being dumb! don’t start the fanboi stuff! Everybody copies from everybody!!!!! This is the game and it has ALWAYS been like this damn it! Nobody in this business or any other are saints for goodness sake. For me it is good that they accept that others can have better ideas and then use them too instead of being stubborn.

    • Poj June 18, 2013

      Then explain why they COMPLETELY COPIED the WebOS thing. =/ That’s not “Innovating it”. Heck, even the control panel looks almost exactly the same as Android’s.

  8. Joe S. June 13, 2013

    I’m sorry the muti-tasking UI is a direct descendant of Expose in OSX & also the way the first version of iOS handled multiple web pages & Safari’s browser history. What a short memory & attention span the tech media has.

  9. Joe S. June 14, 2013

    Both before webOS, Android blah blah blah

    Check the video about 2:43 in.


  10. Jason Bladzinski June 19, 2013

    It’s funny how you say to Samsung phone owners that we should shut up because Samsung rips apple off. You see, I’d have no problem with that statement if apple didn’t attempt to constantly sue other smartphone companies over vague patents. Apple shouldn’t be able to get away with the statement that they have always borrowed great ideas, and then turn around and cry patent infringement. Google won’t fall to apple’s level and sue, but just maybe they should.


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