At the WWDC conference in San Francisco, Apple just showed off a number of features and improvements that are coming in iOS 5. One of those improvements is a revamped notification system called Notifications Center, which might look at little too familiar to those of us that use Android. As you might or might not know, iOS’ current notification system is horrible. iPhone users know this, and Apple certainly knows this.
On the other hand, Android’s notification system is a work of art. It’s useful, non-intrusive, accessible, and easy to use. In summary, everything that iOS’ is not. Therefore, is really not a surprise that Apple has decided to go ahead and copy Android’s notification bar. With that said, we’re happy that iPhone users will now be able to enjoy the awesomeness of having a non-awful notification system. You’re welcome, iPhone users.
Since we’re already talking about things that suck in iOS, Apple also demoed some improvements for iOS’ lock screen. iPhone and iPod users will now be able to launch certain apps right from the lock screen by dragging their icons. If you think you’ve seen something like that before, that’s because you have. HTC’s Sense 3.0 has the same kind of capability built-in. If Apple can sue HTC for such ridiculous things like swiping to unlock, I guess HTC can now sue Apple for this as well.
Seeing how Apple is now mostly playing catch-up to Android, we have to wonder if the company will ever be able to match Google’s crazy fast innovation pace. Finally, I’ll leave you with a phrase that fits perfectly with this news, and a video from the same guy that announced these features today.
Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery.Charles Caleb ColtonWikipedia