Apple introduced its new iOS 5 operating system on Monday.
The OS, which powers Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices, will be available in the fall and will include more than 200 new features. A number of the features are very similar to ones used in Android and Windows Phone 7. Apple’s iOS 5 improvements didn’t go un-noticed at Redmond. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, Director of the Windows Phone program, tweeted his feelings on Monday afternoon. “Feeling flattered today,” said Belfiore after referencing a number of iOS 5 features. Belfiore also reached out to one poster who was impressed with Apple’s new camera hardware button implementation. “With a wp7 you get a dedicated camera button that wakes the phone from sleep and jumps u to camera,” he said. “Been shipping for 8 months! :)”
Here’s a list of some of the similarities:
Apple has built a notification center into iOS 5 that’s very similar to Google’s Android operating system. The notifications are now displayed at the top of iOS and can easily be dismissed in a similar way to how Windows Phone 7 operates.
Apple has now built a split ergonomic keyboard into iOS 5. The feature is eerily similar to an identical keyboard that Microsoft revealed in Windows 8 recently. Microsoft also had a similar split keyboard in its Ultra Mobile PC (Origami) product.
Apple has integrated Twitter straight into iOS 5. You can tweet directly from Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube or Maps. Microsoft is also building in Twitter integration deep into Windows Phone Mango, the company has yet to demonstrate exactly how this will work however.
Background download service
Apple revealed its own background download service for Newsstand. The new feature lets magazines and newspaper app subscriptions download automatically. Windows Phone Mango also includes a similar service that application developers can build into their apps.
Apple introduced iMessage on Monday. You can send unlimited text messages via Wi-Fi or 3G from the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to anyone who has an iDevice. Windows Phone Mango has also introduced deeper integration of messaging services directly into the operating system.
iCloud auto photo uploads
Jobs also unveiled the ability for iOS to automatically upload pictures take from iOS devices. The pictures go into Apple’s iCloud system and are available for viewing online or on other devices. Windows Phone 7 also has an identical feature and uploads the pictures to Windows Live SkyDrive
iOS device owners can now wirelessly sync their device over wi-fi to a Mac or PC. As long as the iOS device is connected to a power source, it automatically syncs and backs up any new content to iTunes. Windows Phone 7 also has an identical feature with the Zune client.
Apple has also changed the way the camera works. The volume + button now works as a hardware camera button and there’s even a lock screen shortcut to quickly allow iPhone users to take pictures. Both are identical features of Windows Phone 7.