With the successful conclusion of Apple's WWDC 22, the beta versions of the new iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13 are also officially open for download. Apple thought it would receive unanimous praise from netizens, but it turned out to be full of complaints.
Negative comments such as plagiarizing Xiaomi, plagiarizing hammer, plagiarizing Android, and plagiarizing WeChat are full of netizens' dissatisfaction with Apple.
Why is Apple accused of plagiarism?
Regarding the alleged plagiarism of Apple, it is really as the netizens said, is it true? Before answering this question, we must first understand what Apple has done? Why are netizens questioning plagiarism?
First of all, iOS 16 added a feature to beautify the lock screen interface, and users can customize the settings. At first glance, this function does not seem to be a problem, but it is just to reflect the personality of the iPhone lock screen interface, and to facilitate users to view some information under this interface, such as weather, sports status, reminders, etc.
The starting point of the new function is good, so what is the problem? The problem lies in the option called "Weather and Astronomy", which has a wallpaper of the earth. When you set it as the lock screen, the moment the phone is unlocked, the earth will have an enlarged transition animation, giving people a kind of Deja Vu.
This is reminiscent of the super wallpaper of Xiaomi MIUI 12. After comparison, you will find that Apple's lock screen animation just stays on the surface of the earth, while Xiaomi goes directly into the interior of the earth, showing users beautiful mountains and rivers.
The commonality between the two is the globe and zoom animation, the difference is the globe modeling and the effect of the globe zoomed in.
Secondly, Apple has added functions such as viewing WiFi passwords, hiding photo albums, and typing feedback in iOS 16.
As we all know, before the launch of the iOS 16 version, the iPhone did not support viewing WiFi passwords. And Android has long supported viewing WiFi passwords.
As for hiding photo albums and typing feedback, Android was launched earlier than Apple.
In addition, some netizens pointed out that Apple has added a retract function to the message, allowing users to re-edit and then send. The purpose of this feature is to prevent users from sending messages to the wrong contact, as well as phrasing issues in messages that need to be retracted.
WeChat launched the message recall function as early as 2014, which can be said to be 8 years ahead of Apple.
Interestingly, even Lao Luo complained about Apple's plagiarism. Lao Luo said that in the new system released by Apple this year, four or five functions are inspired by hammer technology, such as the "front call" of macOS Vebtura mentioned by netizens, which is somewhat similar to the "One Step" of SmartisanOS.
Another example is the live text function of iOS 16, from which you can see the shadow of the "big bang" of the hammer phone.
Apple just goes with the flow
It is undeniable that Apple does borrow some features from its friends. However, the quality of a function is determined by users and the market. Taking MIUI 12's super wallpaper as an example, within 24 hours of Xiaomi's open beta version, the number of registered users exceeded 970,000.
And the major media's evaluation of MIUI 12's super wallpaper can be said to be unanimous praise. Russian media Evsti said that MIUI 12 has a highly realistic animation, which brings a great visual impact compared to functions such as night mode.
Not only foreign media, but even domestic users are shocked by the super wallpaper of MIUI 12. We can see that the user's feedback on the function of super wallpaper is very good, which also shows that as long as the lock screen animation is done well, users can also upgrade the new system.
The super wallpaper of Xiaomi MIUI 12, like the leader in this field, has attracted many admirers, and Apple is one of them.
Earlier, Apple CEO Cook himself admitted that iOS 14's night mode was inspired by China. Although Cook did not specify which manufacturer he borrowed from, we can see from his words that Apple will also look for inspiration from friends.
Therefore, the earth in the custom lock screen wallpaper of iOS 16 can quickly remind us that this is Xiaomi, indicating that this is a well-recognized feature. Apple learned from Xiaomi and may have realized that iOS is not doing very well in the lock screen wallpaper.
For Apple, instead of creating a function out of thin air that is uncertain whether users are satisfied, it is better to directly learn from the well-made functions on the market, and the risk is lower.
What's more, innovation is not an easy task. Today's Apple does not need to take desperate risks, and it does not need to be as extreme as the Jobs era, but to seek stability. After all, Apple has accumulated a lot of stock users, although Apple chooses to learn from this path. The infamy of "plagiarism", but the scolding is scolded, I still buy it when it is time to buy, basically it has no big impact, and Apple just follows the trend.
Mobile phone system to this day, deja vu is the norm
However, it has become the norm to see reports about Apple and plagiarism almost every year. Of course, Android has similar news.
For example, Android 12 has added a status bar reminder function similar to iOS 14. The original purpose of this function is to protect user privacy and let users know what functions are enabled in the background of which apps, such as microphones, cameras, etc. The icons of different colors represent The meanings are also different.
We can move the timeline forward and go back to the era of iPhone 5s, and the corresponding system version is iOS 7, which is 2013. Apple introduced the slow-motion video recording feature at that time, and Android makers followed suit.
In 2015, Apple added a new feature called "3D Touch" to iOS 9, which allows users to call out the shortcut menu by simply pressing and holding the app. Seeing that Apple has launched such a useful function, Google is naturally not far behind, so Google also launched a similar function when it released Android 7 in 2016.
To sum up, whether it is Apple or Android, it seems that the word plagiarism is born to serve them. Whether this year or last year, you can always find news about plagiarism on the Internet.
Plagiarism itself is a derogatory term, mainly referring to those acts of stealing the work of others without making any changes. If judged according to this definition, neither Apple nor Android can be regarded as plagiarism. It can only be said that they learn from each other and learn from each other.
It does not mean that whichever comes out first is not necessarily plagiarism, nor does it mean that whichever comes out later must be plagiarism. As the saying goes, "the predecessors plant trees, and the later generations enjoy the shade", because there are functions recognized by the public in the market, manufacturers will introduce similar functions according to the preferences of users.
This is like some skin-changing mobile games. If there is a demand in the market, someone will do it, but this method of changing the soup without changing the medicine can only meet the short-term needs of users. In fact, whether it is innovation or secondary creation, it is difficult to do both. Whether manufacturers can differentiate in the same function may be the key to satisfying users.
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