Special: Six features of the iPhone 7 that Apple “borrowed” from Android
PC World / USA 09/09/2016 – 12h37
inspirations list includes the two rear cameras and even the controversial removal of the 3.5mm headphone connector, already made before by Lenovo with the Moto Z.
If you watched the Apple event on Wednesday, 07/09, while shouting with your computer “Hey, Android already has it” sometimes and more often, know he was not alone.
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Apple certainly sought “inspiration” in many innovations brought before by Android handset manufacturers.
Check out the features introduced by Apple on stage, but they are not exactly news to those who use and / or accompanying the Android smartphone market in recent years.
Two rear cameras
No, you need not stop us. We’ve heard this before. Devices like the LG G5, the P9 Huawei and HTC One M8 (2014) has brought two rear cameras, the main feature announced by Apple for the iPhone 7 Plus this week.
The iPhone 7 will have optical image stabilization, which was previously only available in 6S Plus. Also have aperture of f / 1.8, something already found on many Android devices like the Moto Z, Xiaomi MI4, Umi Zero, and other more conventional as the LG G4. Others, like the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and the Note S7, go beyond with an aperture f / 1.7.
Apple also is not the first to enter the world of optical zoom 2x, since the Zenfone Zoom features 3x optical zoom with optical image stabilization. The same for RAW images – that’s new in iPhone 7, but it was seen on several Android devices.
Goodbye to the headset connector
Even the most controversial new iPhone 7, withdrawal from the phone jack, is something that had been done on Android devices like the modular smartphone Moto Z. Other devices that have followed suit include the Chinese Oppo R5 and LeEcco Le Max 2.
Also, another point worth mentioning is that the Moto Z you use the USB-C connector to plug in your headphones and power cable technology that is becoming increasingly standard for mobile devices and notebooks. It is obvious that the Lightning is ideal for those who live in the “world of Apple,” but good luck to use their Lightning headphones with devices that do not have Lightning (including MacBooks).
Resistance to water and dust
The line appliances Galaxy, Samsung already has water resistance for generations. The latest Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 bring the IP68 certificate, while Apple only now adopted the IP67 certificate.
The IP67 means that the unit can survive in water up to one meter deep for a maximum time of 30 minutes. It is great that Apple has finally added this protection, but it is another area where the company is just running behind.
Stereo speakers are present in Android devices long ago. The HTC One M7 was one of the first smartphones that really impressed me in terms of audio experience.
The VP of marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, spent much time talking about the new chip A10, showing up a demonstration of a game based on a character from The Wizard of Oz. The main attraction, according to the executive, was the new quad-core CPU, with two high-performance cores and two with efficient use of energy.
However, this came before the Android users with big.LITTLE technology, ARM, used in smartphones since 2013. Chipsets quad-core are also quite common on Android devices, and the rule in top models last year.
Apple certainly has an edge and both control the integration between hardware and software, but other Android devices certainly were not “dropped” around that area.
Finally! 32GB minimum storage
Honestly, this is something that Apple should have done years ago if we consider that iPhones do not have entry to expand the microSD via storage.
The minimum storage space now increased to 32GB instead of 16GB that the company used to offer. And the maximum rose to 256GB, really a number and both.
This is a field that Android devices have long dominated. Even in cases like the new Galaxy S7 and S7 Galaxy Edge, which have only one 32GB option, but allow the user to expand it via microSD space – something that is not possible on iPhones, as stated at the beginning.
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