The iPhone’s operating system is superannuated and has been left behind by the sheer pace of change in the smartphone sector, the head of BlackBerry claims.
In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins posited that the grid of icons that has characterised the iOS platform since 2007 now looks out of date compared with rivals’ operating systems.
He said: “History repeats itself again I guess ... the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.
“The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.”
Heins’ remarks, although not entirely without foundation in view of Windows Phone’s appealing live tiles, Samsung’s floating gesture controls and HTC’s attempts to make Android feel more ‘alive’, have already stirred up strong feeling among the legion of Apple fanboys.
However, it’s the fact that they come from BlackBerry, who lest we forget are still backing phones with physical keyboards, that has surely really stuck in the craw for the iArmy.
Not least because it was BlackBerry's dogged adherence to an unwieldy interface that helped Apple’s iPhone and its user-friendly, modern OS to steal consumers’ hearts and minds from the once-dominant business phones all those years ago.
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