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iOS really is looking out-of-date, say three-quarters of tech fans

iOS really is looking out-of-date, say three-quarters of tech fans

The head of BlackBerry’s claims that the iPhone’s iOS operating system has been left behind by rivals are on-the-money, according to tech fans polled by uSwitch Tech.

Earlier this week, Thorsten Heins intimated in an interview with a business news site that iOS has not evolved since it debuted in 2007 and now looked superannuated next to more ‘alive’ user interfaces, such as the revamped HTC Sense and Microsoft's Windows Phone. Oh and his own company’s BlackBerry 10 software, of course.

And in an impromptu survey conducted by uSwitch Tech, it was revealed that Heins isn’t the only one who feels that iOS needs a major overhaul to bring it up to speed and up to date.

Of 501 site visitors quizzed, 76 per cent (390) said they felt iOS and its rigid grids of icons now felt ‘tired’ next to more recently refreshed operating systems.

The poll result comes after Apple last year handed responsibility for overhauling its OS to much lauded design don Jony Ive, whose remit was previously restricted to hardware.

Jonathan Ive Apple

Given Ive’s less-is-more approach to industrial design, however, it’s doubtful whether the kind of UI whizz-bangs that some are hoping for will ever materialise.

However, we’re quite prepared to be proved wrong. And in the light of reports that a killer software feature will be on board the next iPhone, it's not out of the question that Apple's true Brit might yet surprise us.

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