Apple gives up innovating, starts copying Microsoft

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iOS fakes a phone button with the volume up key, but only in the camera app. iCloud will store your photos in the cloud, but only the last 1000. Skydrive is forever.

Apple has never been known to be very original, but at least they always managed to successfully claim credit for perfecting features, even if they stole them from others.

Apple has however been steadily falling behind in innovation stakes, and instead of leading now seems to be copying the headline features of their competitors, and poorly also.

From stealing Android notifications to the Windows Phone 7 camera button (which of course largely fails due to the lack of a hardware camera button) to bizarrely touting the fact that you don’t need a PC anymore to start using your phone, it suddenly became very clear that in fact the Apple innovation engine ran out of stream, and instead of leapfrogging Mango, as had been expected, iOS is starting to fall behind.

Further examples is the the Skydrive-like iCloud, wireless sync,  the poor twitter integration, which does not take advantage of your twitter friends, the proprietary iMessage service, unlike the cross platform Live Messenger and Skype and the hardly utilized Game Centre, which is a pale shadow of Xbox Live.

Have any of our readers been wowed by Apple’s iOS announcements or laughed at their blatant copying? Let us know below.

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