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Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Gizmodo


The Burden of Apple iOS

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007 , they released iPhone OS (later known as iOS) with it.

The Burden of Apple iOSWhen Apple released the iPhone in 2007, they released iPhone OS (later known as iOS) with it. The device and the operating system necessitated each other. The two were birthed into the world together on the same stage.

The industrial design of Apple’s new phone was a drastic departure from other mobile devices at that time. The input method was entirely touch based, eschewing the then-accepted truth that physical buttons were the only productive and reliable interface. The operating system was, for many of its users, and introduction to direct manipulation in interface design.

The Burden of Apple iOS

Many of the skeuomorphic tendencies in iOS that bring derision from critics today, were the same instructive design decisions that helped bridge the industry from physical buttons to touch screens. And Apple’s loyalty to those decisions has left them with a mobile operating system which feels decidedly less modern than its peers.

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