There Was Already an App for That: How Apple’s iOS 8 Plays Catch-Up

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have had a lot on the software side to show off at its Worldwide Developers Conference — notably, it introduced OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 during the conference, much to hubbub about for developers and Apple fans alike – but while Apple touted its software, the matter of the Cupertino company playing a lot of catch-up became more and more apparent.

Though Rutgers University media professor Aram Sinnreich claims it’s hard to definitively say who was first to come up with an idea – especially when “they’re basically converging on the same place, and they’re always borrowing features and design tweaks from one another,” reports MarketWatch – it would still appear to many that Apple’s updates borrow features from other apps or simply play catch-up rather than being true, original innovation. Here’s a look at some of the features Apple introduced that stand out as matters of catch-up or borrowing.

In the home automation category, Apple introduced HomeKit during its keynote speech on the first day of the conference. The platform is aimed at helping developers make apps for iOS that will better enable Apple devices to control things like lights, thermostats, and door locks. For anyone that’s dabbled with home automation on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android, there are plenty of wild automation options possible, especially considering the already wide customizability of how Android work. Google also already had a head start in home automation with its acquisition of Nest, which developed smart thermostats and smoke detectors.