Apple Stole A Lot Of Ideas For The iPhone From Android

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Boy, were Android fans upset when we pointed out the ways Samsung copied iPhone features for the new Galaxy S III!Well, it goes both ways folks.

When Apple introduced its new iOS 5 software last year, it was full of features ripped straight from Android. In case you forgot, we collected them all right here.

Notifications appear at a bar at the top

This is perhaps the most blatant copy. Android notifications have appeared in the top bar of the OS since the beginning. It wasn't until last year that Apple finally added it to the iPhone.

Wireless syncing

Android phones have been able to sync wirelessly with the help of some third-party apps. Apple wouldn't allow such apps in the App Store, so it took until last year for iPhone users to enjoy that feature.

Tabbed browsing

Android Honeycomb for tablets had tabbed browsing when it first launched on Motorola's Xoom tablet. Plus a bunch of other alternative browsers for iPhone or iPad allowed the same thing. Apple finally added tabs to Safari for iPhone last year.

New split keyboard

Android users have been able to customise their keyboard configuration thanks to some clever developers. Now Apple allows for a customised split keyboard on iPad that makes typing in portrait mode a lot easier.

Open apps from the lock screen

Since iOS 5 displays notifications on the lock screen, you can swipe them to unlock the phone directly into the app. This is nothing new for Android users who have HTC phones. HTC's Sense skin will allow you to open your favourite apps directly from the lock screen.

Over the air updates

Almost all Android phones are able to receive software updates over the air without syncing to a computer. Apple used to require you to sync your iPhone to iTunes if wanted its update. iOS 5 is the first version of iOS that allows you to receive software updates over the air.

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