The last week was brimming with information about today’s Apple event, with Apple fans around the world venturing to guess the arrival of the company’s new gadgets. While it’s hard not to get carried away by all this Apple mania, let’s not forget the traces of Android 12 and the brilliant array of features that the best Android phones have to offer.
With Android 12 almost here (and a possible debut on Pixel phones in tow), it’s good to take a step back, breathe, and think about the best iPhone devices to fly on Android. We now have a pretty good understanding of the features to expect from the new iPhone. All of these will likely be bundled together in a newer, brighter smartphone that fixes last year’s issues and adds new features along the way.
Energy-efficient LTPO displays
Apple is very rarely the type to introduce new features first, usually preferring to refine existing technology, before rolling it out and knocking the competition out of the water when it finally releases its own version of said features. That said, we hope the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the hyper premium iPhone 13 Pro will benefit from low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) display technology.
Not only are these screens more power efficient than the current crop of iPhone screens, they’ve been around for some time in the Android camp through, say, the Samsung Galaxy S21. Such a display could bring many benefits to the iPhone like longer battery life and most importantly the ability to have a lock screen always on. Android’s versatility has long enabled Always On (AOD) displays in phones like Samsung’s flagship Galaxy line. Now is the time for an Apple Watch-like always-on mode that shows helpful notifications even when the screen is off.
Apple eventually gave users better home screen customization options when it rolled out iOS 14. And while the newly refined widget designs were nice to look at, the overall theme and customization were still tricky. We are now on iOS 14.8; It’s true that progress has been made, but it’s still a minefield when trying to personalize your iPhone’s home screen.
Apple remains incredibly elusive about the idea of giving its users better customization controls. For a business that uses current technology and makes it super easy, iPhones are still locked in this area. To be clear: creating a simple theme for your iPhone home screen is a nightmare. Comparatively, customizing the Android home screen is a snap, but customizing your iOS home screen aesthetic can push one to the proverbial edge. We hope Apple takes inspiration from Android’s book for the iPhone 13 launch, offering a set of controls that simplify iOS customization, making it easier and less painful.
Android to iOS converts will rightly complain about how Apple handles notifications compared to Google. There is merit in this: For a company that promotes simplicity, notifications always seem stale like rummaging through an old lucky handbag. only to find that you opened an email eight hours ago and not the recent text message you wanted.
Apple has fixed some of these issues in the past, but iPhone users will experience the sick dread that comes from reaching the full distance of your phone in the left corner of your screen, where you are vulnerable to activation. accidental search function of iOS or Control Center. Neither is ideal when trying to access your notifications.
None of this mentions old notifications either. If you deal with a notification on your iPhone, it will still be there for you to dismiss on your iPad. These outdated, read, and outdated notifications should be long gone. The same goes when you archive an email to another tablet, phone or computer, this notification will still be pending hours later on your other device. In the grand scheme of things this might not seem like a major issue, but I can assure you that once you crank that up to a day of notifications, you quickly drown yourself in material that should be archived.