Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, which is a breakthrough in all respects. It was a music player, smartphone and internet connection all rolled into one device. The American tech giant challenged the smartphone leaders of its time, such as Nokia and Sony Ericsson. It revolutionized space with an all-screen device powered by multi-touch input. Since then, Apple has been revolutionizing the smartphone market with its innovative features and technologies.
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On several occasions, other smartphone brands have followed in Apple’s footsteps even when that means compromising on the essentials. Here are five things Apple introduced and other smartphone brands have adopted:
The user interface elements and design language of Apple’s proprietary operating system for the iPhone are among the first things other smartphone brands have copied. For example, the Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi, took clues from iOS to develop its own custom user interface based on Google’s Android platform. The interface is called MIUI, the interface does not have an app drawer, and some of the design elements included in it looked similar to iOS. Vivo and Huawei are other Chinese smartphone brands that have copied interface elements from iOS to design their own custom skins based on Android. The effect of iOS is that its similarity is still prominent in many dedicated Android versions.
Enter the biometric system to unlock the screen
Apple introduced the capacitive fingerprint sensor for the screen unlock mechanism with the launch of the iPhone 5s in 2013. The fingerprint sensor was embedded under the home button, which was one of the distinguishing features of the iPhones. Apple was not the first to use fingerprint sensors in a smartphone, but the company has made it dominant in the smartphone space. From Samsung to Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus, every smartphone brand has followed Apple in fingerprint scanner technology for its screen unlocking mechanism.
Another form of biometric security is face recognition (FaceID), which Apple introduced with its tenth anniversary iPhone X in 2017. It has replaced TouchID and given way to an all-screen design that continues even in new iPhones. Other smartphone brands followed suit and introduced a biometric face recognition system similar to Apple’s FaceID for the screen unlock mechanism.
Just a degree above the rest
Not just FaceID, the iPhone X brought significant design changes across the board, including a bezel-less front design dominated by a notch screen at the top. The notch was an essential part of the design change. Besides, it has accommodated the sensors and camera system of FaceID. Although it hampered the entire screen design profile of the iPhone X, other smartphone makers didn’t mind copying it to keep pace with the trend set by Apple.
Headphone jack disappears
Apple excluded the 3.5 mm headphone jack with the launch of the iPhone 7 series in 2016. Since then, the port has not appeared in any of the later versions. There is a divided opinion of the tech industry, but most smartphone makers have jumped on board and removed the headphone jack on some of their phones. This is despite the fact that current wireless headphone technology does not allow users to listen to high-resolution audio.
The charging adapter also disappears
Another essential item missing from the iPhone box now is the charging adapter. The trend to provide smartphones with charging cable only and without charging adapter is gradually catching up with brands like Samsung and Xiaomi who are following suit in the Indian smartphone market.
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