the 3 technologies inspired by Android, but magnified by Apple

Like every year, Apple presents the novelties of the iPhone as being innovations. Very often, Apple is far from being a precursor. Nevertheless, as the iPhone 14 Pro shows, Apple can magnify these technologies.

The Always On Display mode of the iPhone 14 Pro // Source: The Verge

The Apple conference is over, the rumors stuck to what we could learn. You will find a complete summary here, you also have the articles with the novelties in detail:

Here, we are interested in the novelties of the iPhone 14, and particularly those borrowed from the Android world. As usual, Apple is generally not a pioneer in innovation, however they have a real ability to magnify certain innovations and technologies already seen.

Always On Display

Several years after Samsung, Apple added a display feature ” Always On similar to what we can have on the Apple Watch. This low-power mode can show the clock, new iOS 16 widgets, and a few other things when your phone isn’t actively in use.

The screen refresh rate can go down to 1Hz when you’re not interacting with it, to save battery life. This leverages a new Dislay Engine chip only present on theApple A16 Bionic as well as the LTPO technology already present on many Android smartphones.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max // Source: Apple

As can be seen in the photo of one, taken by The Vergethis mode offers a much more colorful and complete rendering than the Always On modes generally available on Android smartphones.

The pill in the screen

Instead of a notch at the top of the screen, the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max use a pill-shaped cutout to house the selfie camera, 3D sensor, and more. Called “the dynamic island” (Dynamic Island in English), it takes up less screen space than the default notch. However, it can resize to show different status indicators and other UI elements, blurring the line between the cutout and the rest of the screen.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max // Source: Apple

Apple therefore arrives several years after the appearance of small bubbles on Android, instead of notches, nevertheless Apple adds a function to it by taking the opportunity to overhaul its entire notification system.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max // Source: Apple

Tap on the Dynamic Island can also expand it to show more actions or take you to specific music or apps.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max // Source: Apple

Accident detection

The iPhone 14 Pro lineup also supports some of the same security features as the standard iPhone 14, including a new accelerometer capable of detecting g-force accelerations up to 256g, a high dynamic range gyroscope, and a noise-based car crash detection.

Like the new Huawei Mate 50 Pro, there’s two years of free emergency SOS calls via satellite so you can always reach emergency services in areas with no phone signal. This satellite communication cannot be used to call or exchange data.

Accident detection // Source: Apple

According to Apple, your phone will be able to send your location data and some basic information to ” centers staffed with Apple-trained specialists who can call for help on the user’s behalf “. However, the option will only be available in the United States and Canada initially.


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