At least that’s according to Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry.
So the question now is, is he right? Bearing in mind, of course, that Thorsten has in his agenda the pushing of BlackBerry as leaps ahead of the iPhone.
Well, that got us editors talking one day, about whether or not the iPhone does need to be updated (in between friendly joshings of “Android bulok!” and “iPhone bulok!”).
First off, this is about the operating system and not the phone itself. As far as we’re concerned, the hardware is very much an impressive piece of work, and every new iPhone is able to roll with the times. Apple is excellent in the hardware part of the equation.
No, this is about the software. And the fact is that the iOS user interface has barely changed since it first came out in 2007. On the plus side, that speaks volumes about the longevity of its original design. On the minus side, to remain contented with it is kind of like saying let’s keep the Model T Ford as it is because there’s nothing wrong with the way it looks.
If Apple wants to re-energize its camp, it is indeed time for the iOS to have a makeover. So in that respect, yeah, we do agree with our pal Thorsten.
Here’s what we think has to be done if Apple wants to make iOS timely once again:
So is the iPhone outdated? The phone, no. The operating system, well, yes. We’d love to have a refresh of iOS, and on a radical scale at that. The problem is that we worry that Apple may not be willing to do so because it would ruin the obsessive-compulsive order that iOS has had from the start.
If so, brace yourselves. Because with no radical refresh in the horizon, Samsung may have a point when it mocks the iPhone as “your parents’ phone.”
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