Every time Apple releases a new iPhone, the company does its best to market it as the most advanced smartphone ever. But often, this is simply not the case.
Whether it’s top-notch, lack of a foldable iPhone, or the fact that we’re still stuck with the Lightning connector, in many ways, the iPhone seems a long way from Android.
So, here, we’ll look at six ways the iPhone is struggling to catch up with Android.
1. Notch and dynamic island
We were introduced to Apple’s infamous way in 2017 with the release of the iPhone X, and more than half a decade later, it’s still alive and well. Although Apple has shrunk a bit over the years, if you choose a base model of iPhone today, it will still have a notch like the last iPhone did.
In 2022, Apple unveiled Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Instead of the old-fashioned, Apple has moved the front sensor package into a large pill-shaped hole at the top of the iPhone’s display.
Although Apple decided to turn the notch into an island, in reality it has not become any smaller. Since Apple’s Dynamic Island sits much lower on the iPhone screen than the notch, it’s actually more intrusive than before.
This is especially true any time your iPhone is in landscape mode. So, while most people have been able to ignore the notch while watching movies or playing games, more often than not, Dynamic Island sticks out like a sore thumb.
The truth is that even though many Android phones have had tiny punch-hole cameras for years now, the iPhone still seems to be years away from a full screen display.
2. The foldable iPhone is just a dream right now
Let’s face it, foldable phones aren’t new anymore. The original Galaxy Fold came out in 2019, and in just a couple of years, Samsung has been able to turn foldable phones from pricey toys into devices almost anyone should consider buying.
The Galaxy Fold leads the pack when it comes to foldable phones, but it’s not the only device that makes a splash in foldable space. We’ve seen devices like the Motorola Razr and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series continue to push the boundaries and rethink the smartphone form factor in a big way.
But when you take a look at what Apple does with the iPhone, you’ll get the feeling that things are more… traditional. Apple hasn’t released a foldable iPhone yet, and it doesn’t seem like it has any plans to release one in the near future.
Apple has always been firm about doing things its own unique way, even if that’s not where most of the industry is headed. Many Windows laptops have had touch screens for years now, but we still don’t have a MacBook touch screen. So, even though foldable phones are becoming more and more popular, we may never see this technology on the iPhone.
3. iPhone still does not have USB-C
It’s sad to say this, but USB-C is still missing from the iPhone. While the vast majority of Android phones switched to USB-C years ago, the iPhone has been stuck with a Lightning connector since the iPhone 5 was launched in 2013.
It’s no secret that keeping the iPhone on Lightning makes money for Apple. Companies have to pay licensing fees to Apple if they want to manufacture Lightning cables and accessories. While this may be a win for Apple, it certainly isn’t a win for consumers. When comparing Lightning to USB-C, the Lightning connector charges much slower, and it doesn’t have nearly the same data transfer speeds.
Although Apple has been firm about keeping the iPhone Lightning-only until now, in 2022 the European Union enacted a law forcing manufacturers to add USB-C to any new devices sold within its territory. This means that we will most likely see a USB-C iPhone in the near future.
4. No reverse wireless charging
Wireless charging is a feature that many people use every day. But while it’s great to use a charging pad to charge your phone, many Android phones can actually turn into a wireless charging pad on their own.
Reverse wireless charging allows you to use your phone’s battery as a portable wireless charging pack. This means that you can charge your wireless earbuds, smartwatches, or any other compatible accessory directly from your phone.
Unfortunately, iPhone users do not have access to this feature. Your iPhone has some great exclusive wireless charging features like MagSafe, but we’d love to see your iPhone can reverse wireless charging for your other devices as well.
5. The iPhone does not have the best smartphone camera in the world
Every year, Apple markets the iPhone camera as one of its biggest selling points. But while the iPhone camera isn’t slow, some Android phones are just getting it out of the water right now.
Apple brought massive camera upgrades to the iPhone 14 Pro, with the main camera bumping up from 12MP to 48MP. However, that’s nothing compared to the massive 108MP sensor packed into the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
And that’s more than just an impressive number on the spec sheet. When compared to the iPhone 14 Pro, the Galaxy S22 Ultra delivers more vibrant colors and better low-light performance, as well as an incredible 100x digital zoom.
It’s no secret that the iPhone has a great camera. And most people will be satisfied with it. But, if you’re serious about photography and want the best possible camera on a smartphone, you probably won’t find it on an iPhone.
6. Android gives you more options
Steve Jobs famously said, “People don’t know what they want until you give it to them.” And Apple has already built a reputation for not giving its buyers too many choices.
If you want to buy a new iPhone, you really only have two options to choose from. You can choose between the budget iPhone SE, two sizes of the base iPhone, and two sizes of the iPhone Pro models. That’s really about it.
If you are looking for an Android phone, you have an incredible number of options to choose from. You might want to get a traditional smartphone like a Galaxy series device from Samsung or a Pixel phone from Google. Or you can opt for a really high-end foldable phone like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 or Z Flip 4.
You can also find phones that are all about style and unique, like Nothing Phone (1). The point is that moving to Android means having more options where it is necessary.
In many ways, Apple is still playing catch-up
There’s a reason the iPhone is the best-selling smartphone in the world – iOS is simple and designed to be easy to use. The iPhone has great integration with the Mac and the rest of the Apple ecosystem, and every iPhone is stylish and well-made.
While the iPhone has a lot of features, when it comes to technology and high-end features, Apple is years behind many Android manufacturers.
So, if you are someone who loves technology and wants the newest and the best, more often than not, choosing an iPhone means getting left behind.
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