Yes, I know that’s not really an Apple to apples comparison– one is an operating system, while the other is a smartphone– but you get the idea. These days there is a certain parity among smartphone hardware manufacturers– including Apple– and even between Android and iOS (a better comparison).
What does a famous tech guru think of the differences? Apple is ahead.
He Said What?
One of the certified, card-carrying members of the technorati elite politburo, in the bash Apple section, has five features he wants to see on the next iPhone (we all have our list, right?). These are features that ‘iPhone 7 needs to stay ahead of Android.’ There it is folks. A famous tech guru thinks iPhone is ahead of Android, but needs features to stay ahead.
These five features are where Apple’s iPhone falls behind the Android world (well, only parts of the Android world; try finding any of these features on most Android devices).
- Wireless Charging – Apple should do this because it’s a money-hungry company
- Gimmick – Samsung Galaxy Edge has a curved screen gimmick; Apple needs a gimmick
- Waterproofing – Samsung has one (of course, true to Samsung, it doesn’t always work)
- Shatterproof Screen – How about some light limiting and dim screen Sapphire?
- More Storage – Because 16GB is only enough for customers, not critics
That’s the list. If Apple would just pay attention to those five categories the iPhone will remain superior to Android. Hey. Wait. Those items have absolutely nothing to do with Android. Those are hardware functions on a few of the hundreds of Android-based smartphones that have nothing at all to do with Android OS.
What’s going on?
Remarkably, all those card carrying critics of all things Apple– even when they tacitly admit that the iPhone is superior to Android-based smartphones– have trouble telling the difference between hardware and software and speak only in general terms of iPhone this or Android that.
Yet, according to the aforementioned and self-proclaimed technology guru who uses Windows and Mac and Android-whatever and iPhone and iPad and electricity 24/7, iPhone is superior to Android. What I don’t fully understand is whether he’s talking about the iPhone’s hardware, or the iPhone’s operating system, iOS 9.x and the upcoming iOS 10.
The distinctions are important. When you buy an iPhone you get iOS. It’s hardware and software. When you buy almost any other smartphone you’re going to get a flavor of Android OS, and the hardware will vary dramatically between manufacturers (unfortunately, so does the version of Android supplied with each device).
Why waste time talking about hardware features and functions iPhone of the future should have? iPhone’s represent a small percentage of the overall smartphone market. Why not take those same five features and ask why they’re not on the vast majority of smartphones running Android.
So, with tongue only partially planted in cheek, let me counter some of those obvious hardware requests this way.
- Wireless Charging – it’s more expensive and doesn’t work so well in the car
- Gimmick – don’t encourage Apple; they have gimmicks already
- Waterproofing – no one can afford true waterproofing
- Shatterproof Screen – Scotty’s transparent aluminum would work
- More Storage – oh, and lower prices, too
How about this?
Let’s encourage Apple to build an iPhone that has every feature you could want made available with modular components so that users can add or subtract the functions they want or don’t want? Google has it already. I’m sure that would work better than what we have now.