Apple snuck a Google Now-ish feature into iOS 7 called “Today”

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Apple(s AAPL) did a lot of borrowing for the latest release of its mobile operating system, and MacRumors found something in iOS 7 that will seem awfully familiar to Google Now(s goog) users. It’s a series of notifications that appear under a tab called Today — the feature can show users the current weather for places they may be going, alert them to traffic before their regular commute, and, like a personal assistant, tell them what their schedule looks like for the morning.

Today iOS featureAlerts appear under a Today tab in the Notifications Center, which you can turn on in the Settings app. The data, according to some info that MacRumors found, comes from different sources within iOS. Traffic information about frequently visited locations is gathered if the user turns on the Frequent Locations feature under Location Services.

Today, at least in its current beta incarnation and as currently understood, is much less robust than Google Now, which does much more than provide traffic, weather and scheduling. Google Now will not only check traffic related to events on a user’s Google Calendar, it can alert them to everything from flight delays to sports scores, local sightseeing recommendations and package delivery notifications. All of that information is gleaned from users’ activities within other Google services. Google Now has been available on the iOS platform as part of the Google Search app since April.

But even if Today isn’t as full-featured, the ambition seems similar: to anticipate information for iOS users before they need it. Anticipatory computing is still in its infancy. But with Google and Apple, with one of the most ubiquitous mobile operating systems and one of the most ubiquitous mobile computing devices in the world, are the best candidates of moving anticipatory tech into the mainstream.

19 Comments

Greg Daly

Blackberry had the “Agenda” view long before Android was even an concept.

storm14k

That’s true. But if you think Google Now is just simply an “agenda view” then you’ve obviously never seen or used it. BlackBerry has never looked at your agenda and gave you a notification that its time to leave to arrive on time based on traffic for instance. And that’s just one of many things it does.

Peter

Still hilarious that everyone keeps saying ‘Apple borrowed from [fill in the blank]’…but when its done to Apple, its called ‘stealing’ SMH

DrZ

“Users seem to like [feature X] from [OS Y]… we should integrate that into our OS as well.” said every OS development team ever.

al

It would be reasonable under normal circumstances but the level of litigation in this space has sucked most of the reasonableness out.

thismakesmewiggy

Dear Editor:

Please learn the difference between they’re and their

Mohannad daoud

When people say Apple is borrowing from android, it sounds like Eminem is borrowing Music from Justin Bieber. Come on people

Golden

“Apple did a lot of borrowing for the latest release of its mobile operating system…”

“Borrowing” from the slime that outright stole Apple’s entire freaking OS and called it their own? Is there no justice? Spare me.

storm14k

There are still people dumb enough to believe this? I mean from day one Apple had no dropdown notification, no desktop like homescreen and no app drawer. Android was nothing like iOS and it took no more than reading reviews from the Apple happy tech media that bashed it for not working like iOS to see that. Can’t have it both ways.

storm14k

There are still people dumb enough to believe this? I mean from day one Apple had no dropdown notification, no desktop like homescreen and no app drawer. Android was nothing like iOS and it took no more than reading reviews from the Apple happy tech media that bashed it for not working like iOS to see that. Can’t have it both ways.

JR

My opinion’s apple is learning from google and Android OS.

elyse

“tell them what they’re schedule looks like…”

You mean THEIR schedule ;)

Roger Coelho

Apple keeps using this word “innovation”. I don’t think it means what they think it means.

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