Windows Impact On Apple’s iOS 7

Mobile communications and social networking conceptIt’s no secret that there are numerous similarities between the most popular mobile operating systems on the market today. Of course, certain users have deep-rooted preferences for Apple, Android, or Windows devices – the reality, though, is that for most basic applications, any such device will do the trick. This is to say, whether you use your phone primarily to stream video content, send emails and connect with friends through your Gmail app, download the latest BetFair mobile games, or whatever else, each system can meet your needs. But now, the similarities between two of these operating systems are going beyond basic capability.

The early exposure for Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system makes it quite clear that Apple is shooting for a major overhaul in its mobile platform – and that the tech giant is turning to Windows for inspiration. Of course, Apple will always provide some creative twists and innovative new features that are uniquely its own. But a number of the most prominent changes coming with iOS 7 appear to be at least loosely inspired by Windows Phone. Here are a few examples.

  • Flat Icons – No doubt the most talked about change coming with Apple’s iOS 7, the flat icon approach certainly brings Windows Phone devices to mind. Truthfully, the display on Windows Phone devices and Apple devices will continue to look very different – but Apple’s abandonment of its semi-3D approach to icons could conceivably be a response to the popularity of the flatter displays we’ve seen on Windows devices.
  • Photo Grouping – Previous iOS versions have been lacking in photo grouping, with the result that iPhones and iPads have been a bit messy in terms of storing photos. iOS 7, however, is taking another page out of Windows Phone’s book by enhancing photo grouping through the use of events and timelines.
  • Multitasking – We’ve all seen Samsung commercials preaching their Android devices’ capability to multitask. Reports had already surfaced that Windows Phone 8 would be improving multitasking capabilities early in 2014, when the general public became aware of iOS 7’s own improved multitasking. In this feature, it seems that both Windows and Apple are playing catch-up, but once again a clear similarity is emphasized.
  • Bing – Finally, there’s a rare incident in which Apple has directly borrowed from Microsoft, in a public way. Perhaps seeking to distance itself from Google, Apple has used iOS 7 to switch its automated assistant Siri’s search capabilities from Google to Bing. Naturally, this will bring about further similarities not just in operating systems, but in the direct use of Apple and Windows devices.

Fans of various tech companies and operating systems like to argue over who steals what from whom. The reality is, all of these companies seem to borrow from each other and improve on one another’s ideas constantly. But for the time being, it certainly looks as if Windows has left a footprint on the latest innovations from Apple.

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