The iPhone 14 Pro, which Apple just showed off at its Far Out event in Cupertino, California, is said to have more features than any other iPhone the company has made. The iPhone 14 Pro feels like a tour de force in the high-end smartphone market. It has a redesigned notch area called “Dynamic Island,” an always-on screen, and a new 48-megapixel wide-angle camera. As usual, Apple is the master of marketing, and it is leaving no stone unturned to make the features in its flagship device seem like they are revolutionary.
But the iPhone 14 Pro has some features that many Android smartphones have had for years. But Apple does something different with each feature that you can find in Android phones that are powered by Google.
Here are five features of the iPhone 14 Pro that were first seen on Android:
The display on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will be always on, so you can see things like the time and widgets without having to wake the phone up. Even though Apple is making a big deal about the always-on display on its newest flagships, this feature first appeared on Android phones with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 in 2016. The Nokia 6303 was the first phone to have an always-on screen in 2008.
A lot of popular Android phones, like those made by Xiaomi and OnePlus, already have a screen that stays on all the time. Even though an always-on display isn’t a new technology in and of itself, Apple’s version is a little bit different and maybe a lot better than the rest. The magic trick is that the iPhone’s lock screen wallpaper will keep showing up, a little less brightly than before, but the screen will never go completely dark. The new 1Hz refresh rate and several “power-efficient technologies” help make this feature possible. The always-on screen will use up a little bit of battery life, but not much.
The best thing about the all-new iPhone 14 Pro models is Dynamic Island, which is a redesigned “movable” notch at the top of the phone that shows information like the song you are listening to or when other devices connect to your phone. Smartphones have had pill-shaped display cuts for a while, but they haven’t changed much, and rival brands from the Android camp haven’t done anything to make the top of the screen more interactive with apps and show notifications.
Except for the LG V20, which had a second screen on top of the main screen that showed the time, date, and notifications. The LG V20’s second screen was useful, but it never felt like it was a part of the user interface. Dynamic Island is mostly a software fix for a problem with a hardware. It’s like saying, “Your smartphone still has a notch,” but now that pill-shaped cutout changes size as you use the phone as if it were part of the user interface. A smart way to use the notch.
At Apple’s “Far Out” event, one of the main points was how Apple devices can save lives in emergencies. All four of the new iPhone 14 models have built-in emergency satellite connectivity and the car crash detection feature, no matter which screen size you like or what age group they are aimed at.
But not many people know that Google was the first company to put the car crash feature on some Pixel phones a few years ago. Like a Pixel phone, an iPhone has motion sensors that can tell if a person has been in a car accident. Just that Google hasn’t done much to get the word out about Car Crash detection, which is available in the “safety” app on every Pixel device since the Pixel 3. Apple, on the other hand, promoted the iPhone’s car crash feature to make it seem “essential.”
The real improvement of the iPhone 14 Pro is not just that it has a 48-megapixel camera, but also that the selfie camera now has autofocus for the first time. Even though adding an autofocus camera to the front of the iPhone 14 is a good thing, Cupertino isn’t the first company to do so.
It’s something that Android phones have had for a long time. Samsung phones have had selfie cameras with autofocus for a long time. For example, the latest Galaxy S22 has a front-facing camera that can focus on itself. In 2018, Google added autofocus to the front of the Pixel 3 XL, but it has since taken this feature away from newer phones. Popular phones from OnePlus and Xiaomi also don’t have selfie cameras that automatically focus.
Mode of action
The standard iPhone 14 and 14 Plus, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro, now have a new Action mode that lets users record smooth video that automatically adjusts to shakes, motion, and vibrations without the need for a gimbal. Apple isn’t the first company to put this feature on a smartphone, though. Samsung’s Galaxy phone has had the Super Steady video-taking feature for a while, and it’s only getting better.
Samsung’s technology uses both optical and digital stabilization to make sure that your videos look smooth even if you are walking or moving around while you are recording them. In 2020, the X50 Pro from Chinese tech company Vivo got a mechanical gimbal system for its main 48MP rear camera. The Zenfone 9 from Asus just got a new camera system with a gimbal and six-axis stabilization.