Earlier this week Apple introduced the world to the latest iPhone trio. While the iPhone 8 series was similar to the existing iPhones, the company went an extra mile for iPhone X which marked the 10th anniversary of iPhone. With iPhone X, Apple introduced a lot of features which were new to iPhones but were old for the world.
We decided to make a list of features which came to Android devices way before Apple iPhone X. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.
- Face ID: With the introduction of iPhone X, Apple removed the iconic ‘Home button’ which meant no Touch ID as well. To compensate for the same, Apple came up with the idea of Facial Recognition or Face ID. As innovative as it sounds, unfortunately, Android had it way back in 2012 when Google announced Android 4.0. Although, it didn’t work well at that time but last year Samsung refined it with the introduction of Note 7 but it went for a blast (literally).
- Brezel-less Display: Apple gave iPhone X a bump in design when they decided to follow the latest trend of Brezel-less Display. Unlucky for Apple again, this tech has been since 2014 when Sharp Aquos was announced. Xiaomi also introduced a couple of devices this year with brezel-less display although Apple must be applauded for the impressive 93% body to display ratio.
- OLED Display: With the launch of iPhone X, Apple finally ditched the LCD display or “Retina” display and moved to OLED display. But yet again Samsung has been using OLED panels since the launch of the original Galaxy device back in 2009. Samsung holds around 97% of total OLED display which is estimated to slow down the iPhone X production since the American brand does not want Samsung to have a bargaining advantage, they are looking for new partners to produce OLED panels.
- Wireless Charging: The concept of Wireless Charging has been around for 7 years now and the first device with Wireless Charging came out in 2012 with Google Nexus 4. Fast forward to 2017 and Apple finally launched an iPhone with Qi Certified technology which makes it compatible with current charging pads used with other Android smartphones.
- Fast Charging: This is another feature which had been around since 2013 but Apple took a lot of time to implement it in iPhone. Although it is good to see Apple finally introducing Fast charging but it comes with Terms & Condition tag. You need to buy separate accessories to take advantage of Fast Charging. Specifically, you need at least the 29W USB-C power adapter ($49) or the USB-C power adapter that came with USB-C MacBook laptops, and a USB-C-to-Lightning cable($25). Android devices on the other hand bundle the fast charging adapters and cables with the device.
- Augmented reality: This is another feature which has been trending recently and Apple decided to go with the trend. Although Apple claimed to be the first first to make a device for augmented reality, there are few Android phones in the market that can claim a similar feat. Tango is an augmented reality platform created by Google which enables devices to be aware of their relative position with their surroundings. Recently Microsoft has been pushing the concept of Mixed Reality which is somewhat similar to Augmented Reality. Nevertheless it will be interesting to see if developers finally start implementing this tech in their apps and games.
Apple sure is catching up to the current technology but is losing its name as an innovator. The company went from being the “first” to following the existing trend which might cause problems for them in the future.
For now, it will be interesting to see the customer response Apple gets once the new devices go on sale worldwide.