updated 01:13 pm EDT, Mon March 18, 2013
Apple not keeping up with industry, executive says
Apple's iOS isn't keeping pace with the rest of the smartphone industry, charges BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins. The executive makes the claim in a new interview with the Australian Financial Review. "The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly," he comments. "The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old."
He does however have positive things to say about iOS and the iPhone as a whole. "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market," Heins remarks. "They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that."
BlackBerry itself has come under criticism for failing to keep up with the smartphone industry, and the iPhone in particular. The company was slow to adopt touchscreens as standard, and people have sometimes attacked the BlackBerry OS as lagging behind iOS and Android. Recently BlackBerry launched the Z10, a more serious attempt at competing with modern smartphones.