RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10 – Will it Compete With iOS?

RIM unveiled their next generation operating system, BlackBerry 10 at BlackBerry World 2012 keynote in Orlando, Florida earlier today.

BlackBerry 10 is expected to be released later this year, which means that it will compete with Apple’s iOS 6 that is widely expected to be released in October like last year.

Here’re some of the highlights from the sneak peek video and details provided by Dieter Bohn of The Verge who was present at the keynote event:

  • The Home screen has four titles of information, which fetch live information from apps. Tapping on the tile to launch the app.
  • The Home screen has three persistent buttons at the bottom for Phone, Search, and Camera.
  • BlackBerry 10 seems to be highly gesture based. For example:
    • You can swipe up from the bottom in an app to go back to the Home screen.
    • Swipe down to take the call and swipe up to ignore it.
    • You can swipe left from the right edge of the screen to reveal the notifications.
    • A half-swipe will show you the unread count for each account and a full swipe will open the messaging and email app.
  • While it is not clear how multitasking works, RIM plans to keep apps running in the background all the time and not pausing the app in the background (not sure how they plan to prevent battery drain).
  • BlackBerry 10 also comes with a new Camera app, which includes an interesting feature, it is live all the time (recording frames), so that when you take a shot, you can go into the picture and scroll forward and backward to pick that perfect shot.
  • RIM has also improved the touchscreen keyboard. Users will be able to swipe up on a letter to automatically type a suggested word.
  • It looks like BlackBerry 10 will include video calling feature like Apple’s FaceTime and wireless streaming feature like AirPlay.

RIM has released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development and is giving away BlackBerry 10 Jam developer attendees a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device to help them test their apps for BlackBerry 10.

You can check out the video below to get a sneak peek at BlackBerry 10 and also the video that The Verge has compiled from the keynote event.

Will BlackBerry 10 be able to compete with iOS 6? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • mE.!

    Can they forward emails with attachments (without losing the attachment), yet?

  • Steven

    the OS doesn’t matter, people buy iphone for its apps. period.

    • Zed Sefi


    • be noyles

      no they buy it for the fashion statement ! and ignore its lack of functionality just like its crappy pcs

  • Kiwiholden

    lol all the big apps are on most OS’s. ppl love iOS and how it runs those apps

    • Zed Sefi

      yes, but you’ll have to buy them all over again if you switch from a platform to another!

      • Brando212

        ooo I have to pay another .99 cents to re-buy an app or two

        and most of the big ones are usually free, so your argument for the most part is moot

        • Wite Boy

          Brando212, youre retarded. no way will i spend another 50+ bucks for things i own already.

        • Zed Sefi

          Brando212, I have spent over $300 during the 2 years time of starting buying apps from the App Store. Yes I usually buy apps for 99 cent and such (or 69 pence here in the UK) but you don’t realise how much you spent until you look at your statement by the end of the year. They build up!

  • Jays_on

    Hahaha. Looks like an unmarked iPhone 4/4s. 🙂 keyboard features looks awesome tho!

  • iOS Me.0.1

    That phone looks pretty dope. Just plain simple. I like the camera thing where you go back in time that’s pretty awesome.

    • Ass

      its a freaking prototype

  • Still no Netflix! Camera app and keyboard are the only upsides to the Cracky long awaited ui.

  • Josh

    Time on the phone in the video is 13:37 lol

    • djman10

      What’s so funny about that?

      • Zangy

        You seriously don’t get it? And your on an iPhone HACKING site?

        Now that is funny LOL!

        So to explain 1337 = leet in leet speak…

        • Wite Boy

          1337 has nothing to do with him being on an iphone website….

  • Rumour Mill

    Persistent camera app and continuous multitasking.
    Talk time of 28 minutes and standby time of 3 hours.

  • youngone305

    iPhone 5 please

  • Ken

    RIM, nice try but bever enough.

    • Ken

      RIM, nice try but never enough.

  • youngone305

    Hands down iPhone 5 and iOS 6

  • Michael

    I hope that people’s accounts can still get corrupted with a two day turn around to fix it. That’s my favorite RIM feature.

  • filthyjason

    Glad it’ll support video calling, both blackberry users can video chat with each other.

    RIM is still trying to catch up instead of innovate…

  • Mark

    How can it be iPhone 5 and iOS 6 hands down?! There was only 3 things shown off about the BB10 OS and they all looked super sick! very fluid and sweet! iOS 6 hasn’t even been announced, and from previous iOS updates, iOS 5 was a huge upgrade, iOS 6 will be minor additions but like 400 of them

  • Zed Sefi

    Steve Jobs was right! … When he reviled the iPhone for the first time in 2007, he said that it will take at least 5 years for competitors to come to something anywhere like it. Now its 2012 and as you can see Blackberry have copied the multi-touch philosophy of the iPhone 100%. Finally RIM realised that the only way to compete with Apple is by being Apple! (getting rid of the bulky physical keyboard buttons and make giant screen with nothing on it except multi-touch sensitivity) to focus on the software part the most.

    This Blackberry 10 looks very amazing and feels really like what Apple are doing. If I got no choice but to leave my iPhone and switch to some other phone then this new Blackberry is going to be my 2nd best option, but lets see what Apple is going to do about that. iOS 6 and new iPhone are on the way. If there is one critical reason why I can’t leave Apple is because I have invested a lot of money during the past 4 years buying apps & tweaks from the App Store and Cydia, and I do not want to lose them all if I switch to another platform.

    • Ass

      u stupid

      • Zed Sefi

        Your name is Ass!

    • apom

      which phone didn’t use the multitouch again? stupid ass

  • Ear Grouch

    I agree with Zed Sefi.

    • Zed Sefi

      Cheers 🙂

  • Ese Grouch

    Apple really needs to add new things to the iOS. They should really get ideas from the cydia devs or buy their damn tweaks and apps. I like jailbreaking but its a hassle sometimes. iOS needs toggles for wifi, 3G, BT, location services and so on…. Toggles is the main feature I want! You should also be able to put unlimited apps in a folder and a folder within. I hate being limited to 12 apps per folder. I miss 3G unrestrictor when my iPhone 4s was jailbroken. I miss being able to make FaceTime calls over 3G and downloading large mb apps over 3G. How about the built in YouTube app…? Off wifi the quality is horrible. 3G unrestrictor fixes those issues and more. I also miss iblacklist. I remember having those old flip flop phones back then which had iblacklist features built in. Why can’t iOS have that?!!!! Damn… I just wish official iOS had these features and more like when my phone was jailbroken. Apple really needs to start working hard on iOS 6….I do t want to jump ship in the future at all.

  • dkhan

    Blackberry 10 = WebOS 2.0. Blackberry is going the way of the palm. Good riddance to their bug riddled expensive crapware.

    • Ass

      crapware? yea thats apple your talking about!

  • A1D3N

    They can’t ‘pause’ apps in the background to prevent battery drain. Apple patented that. lol

    • Zed Sefi

      haha 😀

  • Cooper

    At best, this might slow the bleeding from RIM to iOS and Android. Pretty much no one will switch to a Blackberry.

  • The UI is a welcome change, it seems to be good. They need to change that horrible font though

  • Ass

    STUPID APPLE RETARDS, U DONT UNDERSTAND ITS a prototype for dev’s to try their apps on, real one is 500 times better, e.g. Blade, TK Victory, London, Milan to hell with ur ios 6

    • iHateArabs

      You’re a reall asshole, not just an ass.

      • iHatethosewhoHateArabs

        Coming from someone whose moniker is “iHateArabs”

        You are a bigot.