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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery dept.

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stephendavion writes Looks like Chinese device maker, Xiaomi, is taking its "Apple of the East" tag too literally. First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor. And now, Xiaomi's latest version of Android shamelessly rips off iOS 7. MIUI 6, which is Xiaomi's upcoming edition of Android for its latest phones and tablets, looks almost exactly like Apple's operating system for iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch. It features the same bright color palette and a flat design. Heck, it even does away with Google's "app drawer" and puts all apps on your home screen. It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!"

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And yet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694849)

If it's Linux in the west, it's perfectly allowed by Elementary.

Will Apple sue ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695099)

Apple sued Samsung for a rounded corner

Will Apple sue Xiaomi for copying the "look and feel" of iOS ?

Re:And yet (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 months ago | (#47695181)

Perfectly allowed? ISIS is being bombed by the US military!

(sorry for the obscurity [elementaryos.org] )

Sitting on the floor? (5, Insightful)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 months ago | (#47694863)

Darn those people from the east, always copying western practices.

Re:Sitting on the floor? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694947)

Damn i just dropped my kids off at pre-school i better let them know that sitting cross-legged is steve jobs thing with any luck i'll make it before his estate sues.

Re:Sitting on the floor? (4, Funny)

Tough Love (215404) | about 2 months ago | (#47695301)

Does he also park in the handicap space?

Re:Sitting on the floor? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695139)

Darn those people from the east, always copying western practices.

They haven't.

I have both MIUI and iOS devices and can confidently say they are very different to use. MIUI is incredibly clever and intuitive, truly thoughtful touches like a zoom bubble when you're editing text pervade the whole UI. iOS feels quite dated and primitive by comparison.

Re:Sitting on the floor? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695497)

excuse me sir but this thread is about sitting cross-legged please keep it on topic

Re:Sitting on the floor? (2)

Nosretep1 (3620103) | about 2 months ago | (#47696081)

And how much does Xiaomi pay you?

Re:Sitting on the floor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695551)

Darn those people from the east, always copying western practices.

They've learned their ways from the best:
http://gizmodo.com/343641/1960s-braun-products-hold-the-secrets-to-apples-future

Re:Sitting on the floor? (2)

slew (2918) | about 2 months ago | (#47696417)

Next thing you know they'll start practicing buddhism [plos.org] ...

They licensed it from Xerox (3, Funny)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 2 months ago | (#47694869)

They figured turnabout was fair play.

Re:They licensed it from Xerox (4, Informative)

FRAKK2 (166082) | about 2 months ago | (#47694905)

They paid Xerox to use it, so what s the problem ??. The fact that xeroz did not realise how big it would become is there problem. What is happening now is just blatant copying.

Re:They licensed it from Xerox (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695085)

At apple they call it innovation, so i cant see how they shouldnt call it that in this case too.

You don't understand (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696019)

According to Jobs, paying is innovating!

vs Material Design (2)

brunes69 (86786) | about 2 months ago | (#47694893)

It is going to look pretty jarring when you launch any of Google's apps from that launcher. Material Design looks nothing like iOS.

Re:vs Material Design (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694981)

Fortunately, MIUI is an unauthorized (no GMS certification) Android fork ala Fire OS. So no Google apps will ever touch this thing anyway.

Re: vs Material Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695203)

Hmmm that's strange, I've run several miui Roms in the past... All with play store access.

Re:vs Material Design (1)

Sideswiped (259402) | about 2 months ago | (#47696027)

Actually, material design looks a heck of lot more like iOS 7/8 than Holo theme ever did. It's (material) also a recommended design pattern for iOS apps by Google. They want material design to span across Android, iOS, and html websites.

I don't see it.... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694895)

As someone who has used both iOS and Android devices I thought all the screenshots looked like an Android device. I wouldn't of been confused at all. Is someone *trying* to manufacture a controversy?

Re:I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695027)

given how much every UI looks like every other UI these days, perhaps not *trying*. But i wouldn't exclude the option

Re:I don't see it.... (4, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 months ago | (#47695035)

As someone who has used both iOS and Android devices I thought all the screenshots looked like an Android device.

Exactly. Arguably Microsoft was the first to introduce a really flat look with Windows Phone and Windows 8. Google had been moving that way for years too on the web and with 4.x gave Android a bit of a make-over to look similar. iOS seems to have been last to join the flat look crowd.

This whole article is just a fanboy whining that a ching-chong-Chinese OS looks a bit like his beloved iPhone. It's borderline racist. If it looks like iOS that's only because iOS looks like Android and Windows Phone now.

Re:I don't see it.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695141)

This whole article is just a fanboy whining that a ching-chong-Chinese OS looks a bit like his beloved iPhone. It's borderline racist.

But we'll let him off because he is gay

Re:I don't see it.... (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 2 months ago | (#47695763)

It's almost as if the UI is changing on different platforms in accordance with current popular design trends...

Re:I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696575)

You're correct. This story was absolutely made up for controversy. Gizmodo is owned by Gawker Media. Gawker Media from its conception is nothing more overglorified blog company that gets readers with contrived drama like this. They are the ones who started all that iPhone in the bar bullshit. They are the Daily Mail of tech journalism. Fuck them.

Re:I don't see it.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696671)

I'm Chinese. I use a Redmi 1S. I think the new release looks incredibly like iOS. I don't think the comparison is racist.

But, THIS:

ching-chong-Chinese OS looks a bit like his beloved iPhone.

This, I find racist.

Re:I don't see it.... (1)

Yebyen (59663) | about 2 months ago | (#47696869)

It's mock-racism. He's trying to play back the overtones (subtext?) from the article. I didn't read the original story, but even I can see this line is supposed to sound unapologetically racist, in a blatant way which maybe the original comparison didn't make so obvious. Haven't you ever heard the meme that Chinese make only cheap copies of American inventions? It's a totally racist idea, unless it's actually true. (Which I'm sure it's not.)

Look at the Calendar - Red Circles (2)

glennrrr (592457) | about 2 months ago | (#47695201)

Did you see the calendar app? It's got the red theming and elements such as today's date being circled.

Re: Look at the Calendar - Red Circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695443)

Its a screen shot of Sunrise.

I've looked through allnthe shot s and none of the elements look very apple to me. They've been around in Meego, KDE, and seem to continuing from their own design elements.

Re:Look at the Calendar - Red Circles (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 months ago | (#47696279)

Looks more orange to me, in keeping with the colour scheme of the rest of the OS. Are we really at the point where "it's a similar colour and shape" = clone?

Re:I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695493)

If anything I'd argue that iOS has progressively tended towards Android, and that's the real problem here.

Re:I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695585)

It's "wouldn't have", not "wouldn't of".

Re: I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696105)

Correction: Wouldnt've.

Re: I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696411)

Are you havening a bad day?

Re:I don't see it.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696061)

You're on Slashdot. The whole existence of this place owes to manufacturing controversy. Misleading or re-worded titles, their habit of adding their own editorial questions to the end of an article summary that have nothing to do with the point being made. They get it wrong on purpose, because they know you'll come here to correct them and they'll get the views they need to keep themselves afloat. Either that or you'll come here to troll, whatever. They really don't care, they don't care about getting things right, they don't care about editing or journalistic integrity because they aren't journalists.

The editors here are only accountable to DICE at this point, and if you haven't noticed from all the failed "beta's" of the site in the past few years, they don't know what the fuck they're doing either.

Re:I don't see it.... (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 2 months ago | (#47696113)

Right? The only one that looked remotely similar in an "almost too similar" way was the home screen, and I'd only believe that were iOS if it were jailbroken. They sure did borrow a lot of similar design patters and I can equate parts of the UI to their components in iOS (the camera app's ordering of My Photos -> Capture Still -> Capture Video, or the calendar app style), but none of it would be confusing for me either.

Re:I don't see it.... (3, Insightful)

vakuona (788200) | about 2 months ago | (#47696597)

Which Android device did you think all the screenshots looked like? If you were referring to any Android maker besides Xiaomi, then I may have agreed. But we are talking about the one company that has copied Apple right down to the "One More Thing" slide, in a presentation that was all in Chinese no less.

These guys could not be more shameless about copying if they tried. But in case you haven't been able to pick up how they aped Apple. I will give you a few examples.

The Calender App is quite blatantly a copy of the iOS one in look (I couldn't say anything about the feel and how it works). Right down to the colour scheme.

The icons are all straight out of the Apple playbook. Borderless rounded-corner squares with a symbol in the middle. Android icons tend not to have any border around the "symbol". Not even Samsung ones, which have been fairly blatant in the past.

They even have the row of fixed icons at the bottom a la Apple. No, not the usual Back, Home and Menu soft keys on Android. Just a fixed set of four,just like Apple. It looks like they have ditched the standard soft keys altogether.

The music icon app has the same colour as the Apple one. I can accept that a green icon for a phone is kind of obvious, but to have the same colour for the music player app is more than a coincidence.

Check the colour scheme of the calculator app. Again, quite a blatant copy of Apple's.

The camera app has a round soft button as well. Just like, wait for it, the iOS 7 camera app.

Of course, it is not an exact replica, but at first glance, it could easily fool anyone.

In fact, I challenge anyone to put stock Android (KitKat), iOS and MIUI side by side, and it would be quite clear which two are most alike.

I'm shocked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694903)

That a technology platform rampantly copied the design cues from another's.

It's like a thousand apple fanbois... (4, Funny)

Rigel47 (2991727) | about 2 months ago | (#47694911)

cried out at once in terror that their over-priced Apple "innovation" was merely rounded corners and off-white color.

Re:It's like a thousand apple fanbois... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695429)

And this, ladies and gentleman, is how one loses all Star Wars creds in a single sentence.

Re: It's like a thousand apple fanbois... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696237)

I have only seen the one Star Wars film. In the theatre in 1977. Is my Star Wars cred blown?

I haven't wanted to spoil the experience by seeing any of the knockoff sequels.

These are not the droids you're looking for (0)

Dr. Evil (3501) | about 2 months ago | (#47696073)

I'm using an iPhone 4s, it's still pretty awesome and still being actively sold and supported. Release date late 2011.

OTOH, Nexus 3 users, release date late 2011, no longer supported.

I just want a working phone. My Android sits in my desk for development and hacking.

Yep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694919)

What country was this in again? Oh, it's China. Yep.

The screenshots look nothing like ios (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694929)

The screenshots they had on their web site didnt look like ios... Guess this slashdot article is just someone's marketing material.

I like... (1)

rwven (663186) | about 2 months ago | (#47694975)

I used to use MIUI when I had a compatible android device. I absolutely loved it. Google themselves should take some design ques from them...

Re:I like... (2)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about 2 months ago | (#47695893)

I have to agree. I found Miui significantly more straight forward to use than stock android, and infinitely better than those half-assed UIs that various android manufacturers feel compelled to slap on top.

Is it a rip off of iOS? Maybe. Do I care? Not in the slightest.

Under the hood, a phone may be a full fledged computer with linux, but that doesn't mean I want to use it like one.

Okay, then... (3, Interesting)

Shoten (260439) | about 2 months ago | (#47694979)

...who's going to make the obligatory, in-poor-taste cancer joke?

Re:Okay, then... (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 months ago | (#47695267)

China's copying of everyone else's technology is a cancer on the world's economy

Cancer is easy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695379)

He's a rich Chinese oligarch he can just order a new liver, and it won't even need an execution, since that is one organ that can regrow.

But heck, let's kill a few anyway and call it product testing.

Re:Okay, then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696121)

A cancer walks into a bar. Eight months later the bar dies.

iOS stolen? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694991)

Aaaand nothing of value was lost.

Apple Fanboy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47694993)

Plenty of differences between the two, please go rant to apple-insider or your local hipster.

I do not like (2, Interesting)

yezhan (3788143) | about 2 months ago | (#47695019)

I do not like xiaomi,even if i am from China.

Re:I do not like (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695743)

didn't get your free dim sum, eh?

Strikingly similar? (1)

MikeRT (947531) | about 2 months ago | (#47695021)

Finding differences between that UI and iOS 7 is harder than finding Waldo while legally blind.

They copy. That's it; no innovation. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695045)

Because that's what the Chinese do, they copy most everything, perhaps try to improve it a bit then spit out a piece of tech.

I think we should publish a shit ton of honeypot, useless, fake product so the Chinese use a lot of resources trying to copy them, LOL.

Apple owns curvy corners (4, Informative)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | about 2 months ago | (#47695047)

The home screen is a list of 4x5 apps with 4 apps on the hotbar.
The compass seems to have ripped off the look of a compass.
The settings menu has been taken more from the samsung S5 than the iphone
The camera has a take picture button.

Does apple own having a reasonable number of apps on a grid ?

Of course its proven at least once that its "invented" things other people made first.
http://apple.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]
http://www.patentlyapple.com/p... [patentlyapple.com]

I am Jack's utter lack of surprise... (2)

Assmasher (456699) | about 2 months ago | (#47695051)

...seriously, why wouldn't they?

It is charmingly naive to think that morality/ethics would prevent a CEO (in ANY country) from doing whatever they thought would generate them the most money with the smallest risk...

Re:I am Jack's utter lack of surprise... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695537)

Good luck with that.

Samsung legal will be subpoening them with the dreaded "We Stole it First" charge. There's legal precedent.

Re:I am Jack's utter lack of surprise... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695775)

It's not morality or ethics, just legallity.

Apple sued Samsung and many others for things like this, and even smaller, less important ones.

If USA doesn't do anything to impose the IP rights they've lorded over everyone else, I expect others will follow China's lead. And that might not be such a bad thing.

Here, copy this! (4, Insightful)

james_van (2241758) | about 2 months ago | (#47695063)

It's like the CEO handed iPhones to the design team and barked: "Here, copy this!"

there's a pretty good chance that's exactly what happened

Re:Here, copy this! --- Chance? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695793)

Chance hell. That decision was very cost effective by the CEO to show his Asian customers he was keeping right up with Apple.

Re:Here, copy this! (1)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | about 2 months ago | (#47696733)

I've handled one of these phones and holy crap... Until I dug down into it, I *thought* it was running iOS. It's a straight up, shameless copying on the entire interface, down to the configuration menus. Even then, unless you knew what you were looking for, an end user would just assume it was iOS.

I can't imagine Apple not going to the WTO and waving their hands ineffectively as the Chinese make a mockery of international copyrights.

MIU5 was released before IOS7 (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695123)

MIU5 was released before IOS7, so apple is copying miui, this update doesn't change that much to skin/theme.

Not so much (3, Informative)

MoronGames (632186) | about 2 months ago | (#47695393)

Here are some comparison screenshots between MIUI 5 and 6: http://www.gadgetsofworld.com/... [gadgetsofworld.com]

Re:Not so much (2)

hnjjz (696917) | about 2 months ago | (#47695799)

IMHO, these screenshots confirm that both MIUI 5 and 6 "features the same bright color palette and a flat design", which is what Xiaomi is being accused of copying from iOS 7, even though MIUI 5 actually significantly predates iOS 7.

Re:Not so much (1)

gnupun (752725) | about 2 months ago | (#47696841)

Sorry, from the webpage it appears MIUI 5 had 3D effect icons with dimmer colors (like iOS6 and before) whereas MIUI 6 has a flat icons/look with bright colors similar to iOS 7. I personally don't like the iOS 7 look and feel and whoever copied it must have no design sense to copy an inferior look and feel.

Re:MIU5 was released before IOS7 (1, Informative)

hnjjz (696917) | about 2 months ago | (#47695491)

You're right. This video from April 2013 (nearly half a year before the release of iOS 7) shows MIUI V5 using "the same bright color palette and a flat design" that iOS 7 later adopted. They should be suing Apple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

The predator strikes again. (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | about 2 months ago | (#47695143)

I'm sure China has stolen iOS's source code just like they've stolen every other Western (no longer) secret.

Re:The predator strikes again. (3, Funny)

Tough Love (215404) | about 2 months ago | (#47695365)

Oh right, those sneaky socialist capitalists must stolen Apple's iOS linux source code, where else could they have gotten it?

MIUI's never had an app drawer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695165)

And a flat design is becoming industry standard. Also never knew that Apple had a patent on bright colors. Let's be honest here: designers copy design cues from other products all the time. Nobody's going to pick up a MI-4 phone and say "that's an iPhone." But, it's a Chinese company, so they must be copying right?

Flat is where it's at? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 2 months ago | (#47695975)

I don't get the flat design. We have all that graphics capability now, yet are going back to the 80's GUI look? What's next, pixellation? I like shadows and gradations and metals and wood and marble and textures; screw the flat fad. (Excluded temping jokes about "flat chicks".)

And get off my lumpy, textured lawn!

(Well, okay, a Trek NG GUI would be cool...for a while.)

It doesn't look anything like iOS (3, Funny)

gunner_von_diamond (3461783) | about 2 months ago | (#47695185)

Look at the screenshots! The text is in chinese! It's clearly different!


It just looks like an Android phone with a makeshift iOS theme on it. If that's what the demand is for, why not supply it?

Re:It doesn't look anything like iOS (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about 2 months ago | (#47695399)

There is a young chinese girl on the screen with her breasts showing. That is clearly not what Apple would do. Apple uses stoners. [youtube.com]

oh come on people (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695225)

Apple is notorious for ripping off other companies, now someone does the same and they are being criticised.

Also, don't understand why this is only now hitting the headlines. MUIU has always looked allot like IOS.

Also, big deal it looks like Iphone. That's the beauty of Android, you can make it how you want it.

a.m. censorship test (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695275)

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bogus to begin with then there's http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=5517341&cid=47646895 media censorship & vandalism i can access from my pocket gadget?

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Apple Fambois (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695285)

Seriously...It looks like stock android. Go bitch at someone for getting your coffee wrong....

I felt the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695295)

When my several years old windows ce phone got copied by apple, and they claimed to invent the smart phone.

Re:I felt the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695397)

I had the same feeling when the Compact Flash based MP3 player i used was re-released as a hard drive based IPOD.

Mine had a up/down wheel on the side, but apple did the same thing with the circle in front so a huge "innovation" on their side.

my signature look: sitting on a chair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695335)

First, their CEO brazenly copies Steve Jobs' signature look, sitting cross-legged on the floor.

You mean the thing they do in the far-east for thousands of years? I think it's mister Jobs who copies things

http://jasjuice.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/why-does-the-buddha-sit-cross-legged-while-meditating/
Why does the Buddha sit cross-legged while meditating?

There are several reasons to sit that way while meditating. The first is simply practical: if you sit for a long period of time, you could fall asleep or tip over. Sitting up in the lotus position is very stable and comfortable, once you get used to it. Another reason for sitting that way is that the position keeps the natural curves of your spine balanced, which means you wonÃ(TM)t get tired or sore even if you sit for a long period of time. Not only that, but its easy to keep warm while sitting that way. There are said to be seven centers of spiritual energy or chakras in the body, and sitting in the lotus position facilitates the balance and flow of energy through those chakras.

China: Theft is mandatory! (1, Interesting)

Chas (5144) | about 2 months ago | (#47695361)

Seriously. Stealing there is a way of life.

Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695515)

Only if you're Chinese, and you're stealing from the barbarians.

Otherwise the wrath of the state eventually decends on you, your family, your servants and the dog. (The dog gets eaten)

Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (1)

celeb8 (682138) | about 2 months ago | (#47695641)

Seriously. Stealing there is a way of life.

I know I hate how Chinese people are always so racist oh wait that's you

Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696101)

Have you been to Shenzhen? Have you ever taken a taxi in Shenzhen? Get off your ignorant high horse.

Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695755)

Apple still has their iPhone, so it's not stealing (would be the equivalent mantra if this was about copying music/films)

Re:China: Theft is mandatory! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696191)

Steve Jobs was down with stealing, it's copying he thought was lame.

So what's the next step here... (1)

grumpyman (849537) | about 2 months ago | (#47695571)

...allow protection to UI design? Put legislation around it, negotiate them into free trades agreement and try to enforce them?

So similar! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695593)

It looks just like....my desktop. And every OS with a gui (desktop, mobile, or otherwise) that I've seen since color monitors were invented.

Not Steve Jobs (2)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about 2 months ago | (#47695617)

Jobs might have picked up the posture on account of being a buddhist. I associate "sitting cross-legged on the floor" with the band Chicago from their song "25 or 6 to 4."

iWatch: The Apple Effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695817)

Samsung started this crap. This mentality that everything Apple puts out you can copy and make money.

iOS look and feel on 7 sucked/sucks/continue to suck. I've had it since it came out and I STILL hate it and STILL can't find some things intuitively. But hey, Apple put it out so let's copy it and make money.

I own a lot of Apple products, but I won't use an Apple mouse because they just can't make a good mouse (seriously, look it up)

iWatch. Everyone's looked into putting out a computer-watch, made investments, then either failed or failed to bring it to market because it's just a dumb idea. Now someone says Apple's going to do it and it's suddenly a great idea?

You friggin humans and your primitive ideas and digital wristwatches. I'm hoppin the next ship off this rock.

I actually really like my smartwatch (0)

Phil Urich (841393) | about 2 months ago | (#47695963)

I have a Pebble Steel, and it lets me choose between a lot of cool looking watchfaces (or write my own fairly easily, although I've lazily failed to get around to that), shows me the current weather on my wrist if I want rather than having to launch an app on my phone, and being e-ink it works perfectly fine in the brightest of sunlight.

Now, convincing me that an LCD touchscreen watch makes any sort of sense, that's another story. The Pebble is, generally, just everything a normal watch is with a little bit of extra on top. Anything that sacrifices outdoor legibility or battery life, however? Yeah, that's just companies desperately hunting around for the next big boom market because our insane society has decided that profits must always increase, and stability is somehow death.

Really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47695913)

MIUI has always looked flat and removed the app drawer a while back.. When I saw the new iOS I said that looks like MIUI.

MUI (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about 2 months ago | (#47695967)

In my language, "Mui" = "Blowjobs".
Ahem...

*sigh* (2)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about 2 months ago | (#47695989)

Why is it that whenever Apple comes up with something, every else has to copy it (although Microsoft may have started this fad of flatness, I can't remember the timeline anymore)?

Apple is not the be all and end all of industrial design. This fad of flatness is really annoying, and IMO counter intuitive. It's no longer clear what widget is a button, for example. The user now has to guess, based on proximity of a given thingy to the other thingies on the screen.

When the gumdrop iMacs came out, I was eeing transluscent plastic micro waves, clothes irons, you name it.

Thank Dog that companies haven't en masse copied Apple mouse designs. Half the continent would have RSI by the end of the month.

If you have the factories, you win (0)

spike_gran (219938) | about 2 months ago | (#47695993)

The difficult part of pushing a design to market is building the thing. Once you have a factory, cloning a design and shipping a product is quite easy.

In fact, much of the industrial learning and knowledge comes from managing manufacturing processes.

This was always going to be the end game in the China manufacturing experiment. The USA closes its factories and exports the manufacturing process, but, holds on to "design" and "branding". China clones design and branding. The USA, unable to recreate the factories, becomes vassal to China.

It has happened at different rates for different industries: Giant ate Schwinn. Lenovo is eating IBM. Repeat 1000 times for 1000 corporations.

The only surprise here is that people are surprised.

In my corner of the industry (Aerospace) many government contracts require USA-made parts. Each year more and more subsystems become difficult to obtain from USA sources: Ethernet cards, bulkhead connectors, keyboards, etc.

So what? (2)

erp_consultant (2614861) | about 2 months ago | (#47695995)

I mean, how many ways are there to present a touch interface on a small screen anyhow? When one company copies another it's the closest thing we can get to a standard. Android and iOS copy each other all the time. All that really matters is how well it all works together, not which icon someone is using for the Calendar app.

A man can do great things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696131)

When he isn't constrained by ethics or Intellectual Property laws.

In fact, they copied KDE Plasma 5 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47696211)

/.ers are just going overboard. They simply copied KDE Plasma 5.

Worked for Samsung (1)

2ms (232331) | about 2 months ago | (#47696463)

Well, you can't blame him. It's clearly worked for Samsung. Samsung's devices have always been significantly more similar to Apple devices than any of its major competitors' have been. And guess what, they've also been the most successful. It's only logical that the competitors should move in this direction as well. Some would even say that it is fair to make things the same way as Apple has done them, on the basis of that Apple already found the best/öbvious way of doing things from the start. Even Google itself has been moving in that direction with Play, which was originally substantially different from Apple's App Store.

Patent infringement (1)

satuon (1822492) | about 2 months ago | (#47696641)

sitting cross-legged on the floor

He is violating Apple Patent #032185: A method or system for sitting directly on a surface such that one leg is crossing the other in a diagonal fashion.

And his knees better not be rounded when he's sitting like that.

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