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iOS features Apple "borrowed" from jailbreakers

Steve Jobs isn’t afraid to publicly admit that “good artists copy, great artists steal”. He purposefully reflected on that Picasso adage numerous times in the past, as shown in a short video snippet taken from a 1984 interview included for your reference below the fold. This very saying instantly popped into our mind when we saw the new Notification Center Apple debuted in iOS 5. As anyone knows, lock screen notifications are hardly a novelty to avid jailbreakers (or Android users). In fact, we were glad to see Apple wasn’t too proud to pull Android’s notifications. Though, of course, they can never say that Android has stolen the iOS look and feel from Apple again. But Notificaton Center via a pulldown gesture isn’t the only thing Apple borrowed from others…


Business Insider counted thirteen areas in iOS that bear too many similarities with jailbreak tweaks. Wireless syncing with desktop iTunes? That’s a blatant rip off of Greg Hughes’ Wi-Fi Sync app. Apple banned that program from the App Store only to unveil literally the same feature in iOS 5, down to the logo used. Naturally, Hughes was fairly shock seeing the new feature promoted on Apple’s iOS 5 page. Lock screen widgets? The Cydia store is bursting with such tweaks and already the jailbreak community is taking Apple’s Notification Center widgets to the next level. Multitasking? Available to jailbreakers since last year. Custom wallpapers? That, too. Hit the source link for more. Have a suggestion? Hit the comments.


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