Comparing the Features of Windows 8 and Apple’s iOS 5

After Microsoft’s Build Conference last week, those who were treated to test the newest Windows Operating System found that it can be closely compared to Apple’s grasp on the world of technology – mostly with tablets such as the iPad.

A variety of companies set out to compare Apple’s iOS 5 and Windows 8, comparing their ease of use, visual appeal and so on.

They found positives and negatives in both designs, but once Windows 8 is released in 2012 only you will be able to truly be the judge.

Appearance

The general appearance of Windows 8 is very attractive. It is made up of colorful boxes and rectangles that display real-time information and news and photos.

Users can pick and choose what they would like to be displayed on the icons such as recent documents, text, photos and other content. This makes it much easier for users to access their most recent data or the software that they use the most.

In regards to Apple’s iOS 5 appearance, it is back to the 4×4 display and customizable background, and folders. With this version it is really dependent on the user and how they would like it to look like.

The basis verdict is that Apple’s appearance is very simple, yet attractive, whereas Windows is stylish in its presentation and much easier to read. Individuals who have tested both Apple’s iOS 5 and Windows 8 have given Windows an extra nod, voting in its favor.

Interface

Those who were treated at the Microsoft Build Conference to try Windows 8 have described the new operating system as “metro-stylish.”

This new term is used to describe its live tile interface, displaying information from the user’s favorite social network, recent documents and so on.

Not only that, users can sort through their documents directly from the live tile interface, making it much more convenient than other Windows Operating Systems in the past, including Windows 7.

Apple’s iOS 5 interface is similar to the operating systems of the past, allowing users to keep their favorite apps in folders and customize the appearance of their screen. All computer notifications that pop up at random will appear at the top of the screen, which minimizes any interruptions. These notifications can be visited whenever it is convenient for the user. The searching aspect of Apple’s iOS 5 remains the same as previous versions.

Users who have tested both interfaces have found that while Windows 8 provides an attractive slick interface, Apple’s iOS 5 keeps folders and files better organized, making them easier to find and access.

Architecture

Windows 8 is running on a new SoC [systems on a chip] processor  made from ARM holdings, instead of using Intel [as Microsoft has in previous systems]. This processor is much more energy-efficient, which is ideal for “Green” individuals.

All Apple platforms including the iPad 2, and the forthcoming iPhone 5 will also be running on Soc processors called the Apple A5. Apple A5 has a CPU twice the power as Apple A4, and a graphics processor twice the speed of its predecessor.

The speed of both Apple and Windows 8 is quite comparable, but the downfall of Windows 8 [which puts Apple ahead] is that it will not be able to run apps for Windows 7 x86 computers. This means that it is not cross-platform compatible.

All in all, there are positives and negatives about Windows 8 and Apple’s iOS 5. It will be up to the individual user to decide which operating system will work for them.

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems. In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com).

  • 1234568

    Personally, I think this article is flawed. The two operating systems are unfairly compared several times, but at least there is no blatant bias.

    The most crazy conclusion is in the architecture section. How can the downfalll of Windows be that it doesnt support Windows x86 programs when iOS 5 doesnt support multiple architectures?

    • http://meercat9.com/ Billy Moffat

      Apart from the architecture flaw I thought the rest of it was ok.

      Windows must obviously win the architecture. It supports ARM and x86 (32-bit and 64-bit). iOS supports only ARM.

      Also, I really wish everybody would stop with this “ARM won’t support anything” crap. x86 apps simply need to be recompiled and they’ll work – and any important application that’s still in development will be available on the platform by release.

      And obviously, all metro apps will work on x86/ARM.

      Furthermore, the iPad can’t run x86 apps from Windows 7 either (nor OSX for that matter). So it is equally flawed by that logic.

      Plus, I’m sure a lot of Windows 8 tablets will run on x86. Intel is investing a lot into the mobile processors and if the ultrabooks can get >10hr battery life with i5 equivalent performance at the moment, then I don’t see why there’ll be a big rush to ARM over x86 in the short term.

  • Owais_503

    windows 8 is just awsome..

  • Owais_503

    the app sharing thing is awsome

  • timotim

    I knew already that you’re more of a iPad lover/fanboy despite you running a Windows 8 site, but had I not known, this would have definetly convinced me. So MS provides both ARM AND X86/64 versions of their OS with many more input methods than Apple and the iPad support…yet, somehow, your logic tells you advantage iPad? REALLY?

    I disagree that the folder system of iOS is compelling. Jensen Harris said it best during his talk at Build. With Apple’s iOS system, it actually forces you to create one more layer to your front UI. Its not something thats instantlly visable to the end user and you actually lose connection with the apps in those folders…they act just as junk cabinets. With Windows 8, all your “folders” (which they call groups) are right there on the Start Screen. Not only can I add more types of content to them (contacts, playlist, tweets, websites etc) but they maintain their Live Tiles and keep the user engadged instead of hiding them an extra layer down. 

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      Ahh timmy timmy,

      You might wanna take a closer look at who wrote the article. It was one of our staff writers (Teresa), not me.

      Lack of attention to detail is a symptom of true fanboy.

      🙂