Apple iPhone 7 was officially released by Apple at a glittering event in San Francisco on Wednesday. As iPhone lovers around the world looking forward to get their hands on the latest iPhone 7, we are going to take a little look at seven features that you could be forgiven for thinking have been “borrowed” directly from Android.
With iPhone 7 Apple announced tons of exciting new features, including an upgraded camera, a new home button, a faster processor and the removal of the headphone jack. It all looks wonderful, but most of it, we’ve seen already. Here’s a list of the features we’ve seen before on multiple android devices (like HTC, Samsung, etc), one way or another.
No headphone jack
Instead of the traditional headphone connection, iPhone 7 will now come with earphones that fit into the phone’s Lightning port, currently used for charging and data transfer. Hence, getting rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack has helped Apple make its new iPhone slimmer.
However, this new feature in iPhone 7 is already an old hat for Android users. Lenovo ditched the traditional hole-in-the-phone with its modular smartphone line in order to make it ultra-slim and compact. Other phones that have gone without headphone jack include LeEcco Le Max 2 and Chinese-made Oppo R5.
Dual rear cameras
The iPhone 7 Plus has been upgraded with powerful “dual-lens” camera. Each camera has a different focal length, allowing users to pick between shooting photos with a wide-angle or a telephoto lens. However, phones like the LG G5, Huawei P9, and the HTC One M8 (2014) already feature dual rear cameras.
Also, the 2x optical zooming capability feature of iPhone 7 plus isn’t the first, as the Zenfone Zoom has 3X optical zoom along with optical image stabilization (OIS). Same applies for RAW images — that are new to iPhone 7 but has been available on lots of Android phones.
iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel sensor and a quad-LED flash with 50% light output, which can detect for the imperceptible flickering of energy efficient lights. It also has optical image stabilization, which was previously only available on the Samsung 6S Plus that released last year. iPhone 7 even features a f/1.8 aperture, something previously found in plenty of Android phones including the Moto Z-Droid, UMi Zero, Xiomia Mi4, and LG G4.
Water and dust resistant
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boasts of IPX67 rating, which makes them water and dust-resistant. This means the hardware can withstand immersion in up to 1m depth of water for 30 minutes.
However, a popular feature, waterproofing has been there in Samsung’s flagship devices for some time now. The current-generation Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and Note 7 feature water and dust resistance to the tune of an IP68 rating.
32GB as base storage
With iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company is now bidding goodbye 16GB as base storage. And the new iPhones will now come in three variants – 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
However, storage options have long been the strengths of Android phones, as many similarly-priced Android phones have offered the 32GB minimum storage long ago. This year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offered 32GB, while Galaxy Note 7 offered 64GB.
The new iPhones now have stereo speakers onboard – one at the top, the other at bottom of the device, which will be great for gaming, TV shows, movies, etc. However, Stereo speakers have been around on Android phones for ages. Both the first and second editions of the HTC One (M7 and M8) featured impressive, stereo-quality speakers.
Apple promised that you will be able to get faster Internet speeds with the iPhone 7, as it jumps ahead to LTE Cat.9 from Cat.6. This means you will be able to get up to 450 Mbps (from 300 Mbps) if you’re connected to a network that can serve this up.
However again, Apple is a couple of years behind the curve on this one as the Galaxy Note 4 was among the first one to offer this benefit. Most high-end Android phones have support for this speed, and we’re even starting to see LTE Cat.12 (up to 600 Mbps).
Powered by quad-core A10 Chip:
The two iPhone 7 handsets are powered by the new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor with 64-bit four core CPU. The processor has two high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores for a longer battery life.
However, Quad-core chipsets are fairly common on Android phones. LITTLE technology from ARM, used this in phones as far back as 2013.